Finding Common Ground

Communicating across borders to restore the Salish Sea

Tribal and non-tribal students co-create digital stories regarding topics such as tribal sovereignty, fishery treaty rights, and tribally-led environmental restoration.

Principal Investigator

Patrick Christie, University of Washington, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs

Co-Principal Investigators

Francesca Hillery, Frogfoot Communications LLC

Jonathan Warren, University of Washington, Jackson School of International Studies

John Weller, SeaLegacy


Through this project, tribal and non-tribal youth will collaboratively create digital stories around the following themes: tribal sovereignty, fishery treaty rights, tribally-led environmental protection and restoration policies in Puget Sound, student intercultural communication experiences, and the future of Puget Sound restoration. The researchers aim to improve intercultural communication and collaboration and build long-lasting alliances between participants. The stories’ content will be featured online, in UW curriculums, in a K-12 curriculum, and through public viewing events. The researchers will collect data on public response to the stories in order to measure their impact on opinions of the aforementioned themes.