New Project EALLU, Focus on Reindeer Herding Youth, Food & Climate Change

March 6, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLIN, EALLU, Projects

Whitehorse family photo 450x300(Pic: Arctic Council) Some excellent news from the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials which was the fourth and final meeting during Canada’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, in Whitehorse, Yukon. At this meeting, the EALLIN full report and Executive Summary were approved for delivery to the April 24-25, 2015 Iqaluit Ministerial.

In especially exciting news for the future, the EALLU project has been formally endorsed. The working title is EALLU: Arctic Indigenous Youth, Climate Change and Food Culture. The project is to be lead by Norway, Russia and the Saami Council. The project leader will be ICR Director Anders Oskal and co leaders include Mikhail Pogodaev, Exec. Chair of WRH,  Mr. Tom Grey, President of Kawerak Reindeer Herders’ Association, Alaska and many others. EALLU will run four years and carry into the next chairmanship of the Arctic Council which is the U.S.

The societal goal of EALLU is to maintain and further develop a sustainable and resilient reindeer husbandry in the Arctic in face of climate change and globalisation, working towards a vision of creating a better life for circumpolar reindeer herders. EALLU is a Sami word, central to the concept of reindeer husbandry, and means ‘herd’. EALLU will build on the previous Arctic Council SDWG projects EALAT Information and EALLIN coordinated by the ICR and WRH which have done so much to bring reindeer herders voices’ to such a high level and engaged and energized scores of young reindeer herders from across the Arctic.

Anders Oskal addresses the Arctic Council SAO, March 2015. Pic: Gunn Britt Retter, SC

Anders Oskal addresses the Arctic Council SAO, March 2015. Pic: Gunn Britt Retter, SC

Anders Oskal addresses the Arctic Council SAO, March 2015. Pic: Gunn Britt Retter, SC

Anders Oskal addresses the Arctic Council SAO, March 2015. Pic: Gunn Britt Retter, SC

Anders Oskal addresses the Arctic Council SAO, March 2015. Pic: Gunn Britt Retter, SC

Anders Oskal addresses the Arctic Council SAO, March 2015. Pic: Gunn Britt Retter, SC

Other goals of the EALLU project include

• To build awareness to Arctic climate change in northern indigenous youth societies, through
enhanced resilience,
• To document, systematize, make use of and respect the Traditional Knowledge
of food cultures of Arctic indigenous reindeer herding peoples
• To work towards knowledge exchange in and between local indigenous/ reindeer herding societies in the Arctic, focusing on food culture and youth,
• To increase focus and understanding of Arctic indigenous food cultures and value added, by disseminating and giving a voice to the Traditional Knowledge and food cultures of Arctic indigenous peoples, including by use of ReindeerPortal.org and ArcticPortal.org,
• To stimulate knowledge development for innovation, business development and local value added in Arctic indigenous peoples´societies and areas, in appropriate ways, working in the intersection between academia and business, between science and traditional knowledge, and between “modernity” and traditions.

To these ends, EALLU will focus on youth involvement and engagement, seminars and place-­‐based workshops, local capacity building, summer/winter schools, networking, as well as co-­‐production of project outputs by youth themselves.

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