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UArctic Scholarships Granted to Dukha Youth, Mongolia

October 20, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, Nomadic Herders, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Ola Elvastuen with Dukha youthLast month, during the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, a number of Norwegian parliamentarians met with Dukha / Tsataan youth with whom WRH and ICR partners through the Nomadic Herders project in a session organized by ICR. (see story and photo essay here).

In tandem with this session, 12 reindeer husbandry youth were granted UArctic Scholarships through the UArctic EALAT Institute. The scholarships were granted to work with Traditional Knowledge in their own culture related to protected areas,  reindeer husbandry and conservation of biodiversity in times of climate change. The scholarships were delivered by Ola Elvestuen, a representative of the Venstre party in the Norwegian Storting.

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Arctic Circle 2015 Wraps Up & Grows Ever Larger

October 19, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRHLeave a comment

arctic-circle-conference-2015-logoIn a few short years the Arctic Circle assembly, held annually in Iceland’s capital has grown to become the largest Arctic related gathering, and is now attended by more than 1500 participants from close to 50 countries. The Assembly is held every October at the Harpa Conference Center and Conference Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland and has just wrapped up. In addition, the Arctic Circle organizes smaller forums on specific subjects, such as the 2015 forums in Alaska and Singapore, and the 2016 forums in Québec and Greenland. This year was no exception and even featured a keynote by President Hollande of France who noted the critical importance of action on climate change in advance of COP 21 in Paris, next month. Watch videos of the keynote presentations here and see photos here.

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Norway’s State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tore Hattrem was in attendance and  said Norway has stepped up its climate diplomacy over the last year and noted “Climate change affects everything. It can change food production globally, and in the end also affect security policy”

ICR Director Anders Oskal is on the Advisory Board of the Assembly and spoke at two sessions – one on Arctic Research and the other on Business and Cultural Development in the North where he was joined by Mikhail Pogodaev, who is currently the acting chair of the Northern Forum. In total ICR delivered 7 speeches and hosted 2 outbreak sessions in cooperation with the Northern Forum, IASSA, IASC, UArctic and business leaders.

The ICR/ WRH team are travelling onwards to the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials meeting, the first under the US chairmanship which gets underway in Anchorage tomorrow.

 

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Zhigansk Reindeer Herders visited Sapmi

September 30, 2015 • Svetlana AvelovaBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, Reindeer Herders, RIEVDANLeave a comment

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Zhigansk Reindeer herders from the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) visited Scandinavia in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Association of World Reindeer Herders

From the history

Exactly 25 years ago, in the autumn of 1990, a group of scientists and reindeer herders from Norway traveled to Russia, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), to meet with reindeer herders. From that time began the active cooperation between reindeer herders from Russia and Scandinavia. The Association of World Reindeer Herders originates from the same time. In addition, on the recommendation of the Arctic Council in 2005, in Kautokeino was founded the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, which has been working fruitfully already for 10 years.

Today the Association of World Reindeer Herders and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry created a wide network of international cooperation between reindeer herding peoples from all over the world.

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In celebration of significant dates, a group of herders from Zhigansky district traveled to Scandinavia.

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Dukha Youth Seminar in Mongolia – Photo Gallery

September 29, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, Nomadic Herders, ProjectsLeave a comment

Dukha Youth Food seminarLast week Anders Oskal was in Mongolia to meet with Norwegian parliamentarians at the OSCE and to meet with Dukha youth with whom WRH and ICR partners through the Nomadic Herders project, and a workshop was held in tandem with a practical demonstration on the land related to traditional Dukha food – the making of bread in particular. Launch the photo essay below. The programme for the seminar is also below. Mongolia is home to the most southerly reindeer herding in the world and this entire Taiga region is experiencing rapid development and it is no exaggeration to say that this is some of the most threatened areas of traditional reindeer husbandry in the world.

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ICR Director Oskal in Alaska for Arctic Energy Summit & Arctic Council SDWG

September 28, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRHLeave a comment

Arctic Energy Summit The Arctic Energy Summit gets underway today in Fairbanks, Alaska and the Director of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry is one of the plenary speakers under the theme of ‘Understanding Commmunity Perspectives’. The Summit is a multi-disciplinary event expected to draw several hundred industry officials, scientists, academics, policy makers, energy professionals and community leaders together to collaborate and share leading approaches on Arctic energy issues – no doubt Shell’s recent bombshell announcement will be top of mind!

At the end of the week, Oskal will be attending the first Arctic Council SDWG meeting under the U.S. chairmanship which also takes place in Fairbanks. Oskal is travelling with Johan Mathis Turi, Secretary General of the Association of World Reindeer Herders and they will also be meeting with representatives of the Kawerak Reindeer Herders’ Association.

 

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Real Food, Real Fat. Photos from Forskningsdagene Kautokeino

September 23, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRHLeave a comment

Reindeer meat being smoked in a lavvuEvery year, the Research Council of Norway brings research into the community over several days in an event called Forskningsdagene, where researchers are invited to share their research with the general public. Events are held nationwide and this year the theme is food. From their website, they note that food is not just food, but food is politics, culture and religion.

As part of these Forskningsdagene events, the Sami University College through the Árbediehtu – Tradisjonell kunnskap project and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry  held a practical demonstration earlier this week of smoking reindeer meat and making traditional sausage. The event was held outside the college in a lavvu and was well attended by herders, duck hunters and youth and scientists. See the programme here. See photos below.

While the practical demonstrations were going on, inside the collage there was a book exhibition of books in Sami and Norwegian that were related to food culture and food production which was organized by the Sámi lohkanguovddáš – who also have created a unique list of Sami traditional food related titles in available in many languages (you can download it here or see below).

In addition, an Evenki delegation was in Kautokeino for the Forskningsdagene events and they demonstrated their food culture and held meetings with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. Watch a short video about the event, featuring ICR employee Alena Gerasimova here.

Some media coverage here:

Avvir: Sieđga lea suovastuhttimii buoremus

NRK: Dutkanbeaivvit allaskuvllas: Manne boazoálbmogat eai bora njuovččageaži?

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Gávnnadeapmi 2015 Declaration & Photos

September 22, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRH, Nomadic Herders Sápmi, ProjectsLeave a comment

DSC04566Last week, over 30 indigenous herding youth, mostly Sámi from Finland, Norway and Sweden, but also Nenets, Even and Evenki from Russia met in Inari, Finland at Gávnnadeapmi (see announcement and programme here). Young herders discussed land use changes, challenges faced by herding youth in their respective regions and listened to several presentations several of which were related to the new Nomadic Herders Sápmi project which looks to update the GLOBIO model with a focus on the Barents region and reindeer husbandry.

See the Gávnnadeapmi Declaration below, or download directly here.

See photos from the meeting here.

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Herders’ Food Culture – It’s all about the Fat. Research Days Events in Kautokeino

September 20, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, Projects, RIEVDANLeave a comment

Fried reindeer meatEvery year, the Research Council of Norway brings research into the community over several days in an event called Forskningsdagene, where researchers are invited to share their research with the general public. Events are held nationwide and this year the theme is food. From their website, they note that food is not just food, but food is politics, culture and religion.

In reindeer peoples culture, food (and especially fat) is of course central to reindeer husbandry – to herders culture and economy. An enormous body of knowledge is embedded in traditional food culture and only recently is this being more recognized.

As part of these Forskningsdagene events, the Sami University College and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry  are inviting all interested parties on Monday, September 21 and Tuesday, September 22 at 10:00 CET to the traditional lavvu outside the College in Kautokeino.

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Arktiske Urfolks Matkultur i Forskningsdagene ved ICR og Samisk Høgskole i Kautokeino

September 19, 2015 • Svein MathiesenBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, ProjectsLeave a comment

Fried reindeer meatSamisk høgskole og International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry  inviterer all interesserte  til Forskningsdagene Mandag 21 September og Tirsdag 22 September kl 1000 i sorlavvuen på utesiden av Samisk høgskole i Kautokeino.  Fokus vil være Arktiske urfolks matkultur, fett som resurss og  røyking som konserveringsmetode.  Even, Evenki, Nenets, Komi, Vebs og Samer vil være tilstede og formidle sin  tradisjonskunnskap om sin matkultur og sine råvarer.  Mandag vil vi ha en workshop om røyking av reinkjøtt, ulike kunnskaps former  og muligheter.  Programmet for forskningsdagene finnes under. Forskningsdagene i Kautokeino arrangerer som en del av Rievdan prosjektet om Samisk matkultur finanseriert av Norges Forskningråd og Arktisk råds prosjektet: EALLU: Reindrifts ungdom, klimaendringer og matkultur.

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Sámi Youth Gather in Finland to talk Reindeer Herding, Climate and Land Use Change

September 16, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

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Over 30 Sámi youth from all over the Sámi area will be be gathering over the next few days in the village of Inari at an event called ‘Gávnnadeapmi 2015’ (meeting in North Sámi). The meeting will focus on reindeer herding and feature multiple themes related to the challenges faced by reindeer herding in general and herding youth specifically.

Gávnnadeapmi 2015 is being organized by the Sámi youth organizations of Finland, Norway and Sweden in collaboration with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. Key presentations will be made about The Arctic Council project “Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic ” (AACA), led by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) Working Group, and the new project ‘Nomadic Herders Sápmi’ which aims to, among other things, implement an updated GLOBIO model for the Barents Region with a focus on reindeer herding, land use change and climate. View the programme below.

Gavnnadeapmi coordinator Aslak Holmberg with Suoma Sámi Nuorat coordinator Anne-Maria Magga.

Gávnnadeapmi coordinator Aslak Holmberg with Suoma Sámi Nuorat coordinator Anne-Maria Magga.

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