EALLIN Final Report Delivered at Arctic Council Today

April 24, 2015: Iqaluit, Canada


Reindeer Herding Youth Take Action on Arctic Change

Young Reindeer Herders Deliver Strong Message to Arctic Foreign Ministers at the 9th Arctic Council Ministerial in Canada

“For us, the reindeer is everything. If we lose the reindeer we lose our language, our culture, our traditions and the knowledge to move in the nature.”

[Participant at the EALLIN workshop in Jokkmokk, 2013]
A unique project called EALLIN involving reindeer herding youth from Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway has delivered a 120-page report, executive summary and recommendations to the Artic Council Ministerial meeting in Canada today. More than 160 indigenous youth from multiple regions in Russia, Mongolia, Finland, Sweden and Norway participated in 12 community based workskops over four years. “EALLIN” means ‘life’ in the Sami language and the project was backed by Norway, the Russian Federation and the Saami Council. EALLIN calls attention to the serious challenges faced by young reindeer herders, such as mental health, a lack of appropriate education and a lack of participation in local community development.

Reindeer herding youth are the future of reindeer herding, and the strong message from engaged youth was that they wanted to continue herding reindeer, as it ‘a good life’. However, there are many issues and challenges that are making life ‘not so good’ everywhere where reindeer are herded. EALLIN brought young reindeer herders of the taiga and tundra together to bring their voices to the Arctic Council. Reindeer herdings youth in the Circumpolar North are on the frontlines of monitoring the rapid ongoing changes in the Arctic, therefore, their knowledge and skills are key for their future existence in their home pastures and territories.

“Our peoples are undergoing dramatic and historical changes in our homelands, changes that we have never seen in the millenia-old histories of the reindeer herding peoples of the north” states Arctic Council EALLIN Project Lead Dr Mikhail Pogodaev, the Executive Chair of Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH).

“We know enough about the changes to act”, concludes Anders Oskal, Project Co-Lead and Co-Author of the IPCC 5th Report. “We don’t need more assessments to understand, basically, we have to do things differently now if these societies and cultures are to survive and thrive under the Arctic boom – and bust”. And doing things differently is exactly what the EALLIN report calls for.

Delivered to Arctic Council: “Youth – The Future of Reindeer Herding Peoples – Executive Summary” and “Youth – The Future of Reindeer Herding Peoples”, Full Project Report 120 pages,

Downloads available at eallin.org


Youth participants

Alona Gerasimova (Languages: Russian, English, Evenki) + 7 931 383 30 91

Svetlana Avelova, (Languages: Russian, English, Evenki) +7 9627397877

Helena Omma (Languages: Sami, Swedish, English +46 702863891

Anne-Maria Magga (Languages: Sami, Finnish, English) +358 45 6339303

In Iqaluit, Canada for the Ministerial Meeting April 24-25:

Executive Chair Mikhail Pogodaev, Association of World Reindeer Herders – WRH (Regular Observer to the Arctic Council since 2000): pogodaevm@reindeercentre.org , +7 911 916 97 80

Executive Director Anders Oskal, International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry – ICR (Established by the Norwegian Government in 2005 by recommendations of the Arctic Council): oskal@reindeercentre.org , +47 99450010.

In Kautokeino, Norway:

Professor Dr. Svein D Mathiesen, University of the Arctic EALÁT Institute (Virtual research and education institute, responsible for the Training of Future Arctic Leaders education program for indigenous youth): svein.d.mathiesen@reindeercentre.org, +47 90524116.

Be sure to visit EALLIN.org and the open EALLIN Facebook page.

Eallin: Reindeer Herding Youth Full Report