“Keepers of the Land” is shown in Monaco in the presence of HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II
Director of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and also a representative of the of the UArctic EALAT Institute Anders Oskal within the partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, gave a presentation with regard to the current situation and the rapid changes in reindeer herding areas of the Arctic experienced by this region.
The meeting was launched on 11th January at the Lycée Technique et Hôtelier of Monaco, in the presence of HSH the Sovereign Prince. During his presentation Anders shared a documentary called “The Keepers of the Land” with Prince Albert II of Monaco and with the audience which was mainly represented by the students from “Students On Ice” programme.
Today the Suglan Indigenous Youth Forum wrapped up in Yakutsk (Sakha Republic, Russia). Indigenous youth of Yakutia decided to name their first indigenous forum Suglan, which means “gathering” in one of the five indigenous languages of Yakutia – in Evenki language. The Suglan started its work on Wednesday, March 23, and was organized by the Yakutian State Committee of Peoples Affairs, Indigenous Youth Council of the North and the Far East of Russia and by the Association of Indigenous Peoples of Yakutia. The Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) and International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR) also participated in organizing and moderating one of the Suglan session which concerned reindeer husbandry and reindeer herding youth.
Today International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry had a meeting with students from Sámi Upper Secondary and Reindeer Husbandry School in Kautokeino and their teachers – Karen Inga Kemi, Torbjørn Larsen and Samuel Gaup.
ICR director Anders Oskal gave a lecture about world reindeer herding, the work of ICR and Association of World Reindeer Herders, he also made presentations about different projects where ICR and WRH were involved.
Per Jonas Partapuoli, board member of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, addressed the Global Landscapes Forum in Paris on Saturday, December 5th, an event that is shadowing the much larger COP 21 negotiations. From the Global Landscapes website,
The respect and recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ rights, customary land tenure and traditional knowledge have significantly contributed to more sustainable use and management of various ecosystems. Speakers at the session represent both Indigenous Peoples’ organizations and corporate representatives to explore the crucial question: Is a triple-win – where the economy, people and the climate all benefit – possible, despite the many documented and potential conflicts.
Per Jonas talks at 30.30 into the video and raises the work of the EALLIN project and the challenges facing reindeer herding in Sapmi, with a focus on the mining giant LKAB and Kiruna.
“My family have been practicing reindeer herding long before Sweden became a country”
The annual UArctic Shared Voices magazine has been published and is now available online. There is a short article by Mikhail Pogodaev and Philip Burgess about the EALLIN project and there is also a short interview with EALLIN participant Isak Turi.
You can download the 2015 Shared Voices magazine here.
In addition, UArctic’s Shared Voices newsletter is sent monthly to keep those interested in UArctic informed about its activities and development. The June/July edition headlines are below.
Last week the 9th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeeting wrapped up in the city of Iqaluit, the territorial capital of Nunavut, Canada. This meeting marked the conclusion of Canadian Chairmanship and set the main objectives for the next two years of the USA Chairmanship. This meeting will bring together ministers of the Arctic States and high-level representatives of the indigenous Permanent Participant organizations.
The Association of World Reindeer Herders delegation (which included ICR Director Anders Oskal, WRH Chair Mikhail Pogodaev and ICR project coordinator Alena Gerasimova, WRH is an accredited Observer to the Arctic Council) was present for the meeting to deliver the final report and executive summary of the EALLIN project on reindeer herding youth.
At the meeting the ministers signed the Iqaluit declaration, which highlights the achievements of the Arctic Council during Canadian chairmanship (2013-2015) and defines the main directions of the Council for the US Chairmanship (2015-2017).
“It is with great pride that we signed the Iqaluit Declaration here in Canada’s North,” said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Minister and Chair for the Arctic Council. “Canada has put Northerners at the forefront of the Arctic Council’s agenda, and we will continue working to ensure that the Council’s work benefits the people who live there.”
Once again, as in Kiruna in 2013, Secretary John Kerry underlined the importance of indigenous peoples’ role of shaping decisions in the Arctic Council:
“…This underlines the US commitment to collaborate closely with Arctic indigenous peoples in their Chairmanship, as they indeed do with their co-leadership of our new Arctic Council project on food”, says Anders Oskal, Executive Director of ICR and project lead of the new Arctic Council EALLU Project. “This is key as Arctic change and globalization are now taking an ever stronger hold of the circumpolar reindeer herding areas”, he concludes.
PRESS RELEASE ON THE OCCASION OF THE ARCTIC COUNCIL MINISTERIAL (Download as a PDF) 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,
Arctic Academy in Korea in August 17–22, 2015 call for student nominations
Mar 31, 2015 01:04 pm
UArctic and the Korea Maritime Institute (KMI) are pleased to announce an opportunity for students from UArctic member institutions to participate in a pilot of the Arctic Academy in Korea – a one-week study program in August 17 –22, 2015 at KMI together with students from Korean universities.
Many might consider reindeer herding to be some kind of idyllic life. But it has its darker side. Anxiety, depression and the struggle for land are eroding the powers and vitality of young herders, and this appears to be particularly the case in Sweden at the present time, though anecdotally it is known that this is a challenge for young people across the world of reindeer husbandry. In Sweden, 1 in 3 young herders (18-29) have considered suicide.
Three excellent articles in NRK Sapmi by Liv Inger Somby this last week on this difficult topic. The first is an interview with Petter Stoor, a Sami psychologist who works at SANKS (Samisk nasjonalt kompetansesenter – psykisk helsevern go rus), based in Karasjok, Norway. SANKS is now the only institution in the Nordic countries that has expertise in culturally adapted suicide prevention among Sami, including culturally and linguistically adapted clinical psychiatry. Stoor stated in the article
There are complex reasons [for suicide]. Reindeer herding is a confrontational environment on many different levels. Everyday is very tough with the struggle for land. Constantly one has to fight in order to operate a profitable pastoralism. The range is huge and very complex, ranging from external to internal conflicts and family problems, which can lead to the youth gets tough in everyday life. Many feel their situation as heavy, they cannot mastered their defeats.
(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.
We have just put up a new photo gallery from the EALLIN Executive Summary launch at the Arctic Frontiers conference held in Tromso a few weeks ago with HSH Prince Albert, held in collaboration with UArctic. All the pictures in this series are by professional photographer Olga Shavrina. View the full gallery here
At the recent EALLIN Executive Summary Release event held at the Arctic Frontiers meeting in Tromso, young reindeer herders had the chance to meet with and discuss with the renowned Artur Chilingarov, the First Vice-President of the Russian Geographical Society, Special Envoy on Arctic and Antarctic affairs for the President of the Russian Federation, Hero of USSR and the Russian Federation. They discussed the Arctic Council EALLIN project and challenges facing today by young reindeer herders. Artur Chilingarov was a key-note speaker at the Arctic Frontiers conference
Artur Chiliangarov meets with WRH and UArctic EALAT Institute youth
TV 2 featured two pieces on the launch of the EALLIN Executive Summary with Prince Albert on Monday, at the Arctic Frontiers conference which is being held in Tromso.
One story interviewed Prince Albert and why he was interested in supporting young indigenous peoples and the other a longer interview with ICR Director, Anders Oskal. You can download the EALLIN Executive Summary here
The EALLIN Executive Summary is launched today (Monday January 19) at a special event organised by UArctic within the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromso with HSH Prince Albert of Monaco. Prince Albert, though his foundation has been a supporter and follower of the EALLIN project since its inception. The launch will coincide with the annual Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromso and is organized in collaboration with the UArctic. EALLIN is an Arctic Council (Sustainable Development Working Group) project of the Russian Federation and Norway in partnership with the Sámi Council, UArctic and others. EALLIN is led and implemented by the Association of World Reindeer Herders in cooperation with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry.
Johan Mathis Turi (WRH) Mikhail Pogodaev (WRH), HSH Prince Albert, Inger Anita Smuk (ICR) and Anders Oskal (ICR)
Many young reindeer herders who have participated in the EALLIN project over the past 3 years will be present for the launch which will be one of the key events attended by Prince Albert in his short stay in Tromso. Prince Albert will have the opportunity to dialogue with Reindeer Herding Youth at a specially constructed lavvu which has been erected for this purpose.
4 June, 2014. The EALLIN project leader Mikhail Pogodaev, and representatives of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry – Anna Degteva, Svetlana Avelova and Alena Gerasimova, who also involved in the project, had a meeting with indigenous students from different reindeer herding regions of the Russian Federation at the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ of the North at the Herzen University.
Facing the second reading of the draft law “On Nomadic Family” in June 2014 in Yakutsk, we decided to publish a short article where young reindeer herder from Iengra village (south of Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia) expresses his concern about reindeer herding families and the future of traditional knowledge:
At the very north of Russia, in one of the most remote villages of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) – Chersky village, there is a unique educational institution – Arctic College of the Peoples of the North. Most recently this college established the Arctic Centre for Domestic Reindeer Husbandry, which is to be included into the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry network. We also hope that the college will become a part of the UArctic EALAT Institute. The director of the college Elena Antipina told us about the current situation at the college and prospects for development of the college.
‘Development of the Arctic zone in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) requires new scientific, creative and international projects’, said participants of the roundtable “Young leaders of the Arctic” on March 26 2014. Participants added that young people must take initiatives in the development of the Arctic regions, since it is only youth that can enhance the Arctic.
The Norwegian State Broadcasting company (NRK) covered the launch of the IPCC 5th Assessment event in Kautokeino with an article and short video featuring ICR Director Anders Oskal, and Bob Corell, ACIA leader author and long time collaborator with ICR. The article is in Norwegian and Sami.
On March 31st, 2014, the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) held an outreach event to commemorate the release of the 5th Assessment of the IPCC. The meeting was opened with a new video by ICR that introduces some of the changes that herders are seeing in their pastures.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report today that says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans. The world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate. The report also concludes that there are opportunities to respond to such risks, though the risks will be difficult to manage with high levels of warming. The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) will provide a clear view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change. It will comprise three Working Group (WG) reports and a Synthesis Report (SYR). The outline and content can be found in theAR5 reference document and SYR Scoping document.
IPCC has been endeavouring to engage smaller communities in their work and its dissemination and as a result are holding a launch event for the IPCC 5th Assessment, Working Group II, Polar Regions Chapter in Kautokeino, organized by ICR which runs today, March 31, 2014.
The programme includes an exciting breadth of speakers and expertise. Prof. Chris Field, Stanford University, Co-Lead of IPCC AR5 WG 2 will join the meeting by video and participants in Kautokeino will include reindeer herders and administrators from across multiple reindeer herding regions in Russia and Scandinavia as well as representative of youth. Field stated in the IPCC 5AR Press Press Release,
“Climate-change adaptation is not an exotic agenda that has never been tried. Governments, firms,and communities around the world are building experience with adaptation,” Field said. “This experience forms a starting point for bolder, more ambitious adaptations that will be important as climate and society continue to change.”
The event runs all day and wraps with a visit to a herders camp. Download the programme here.
According to local administration, young indigenous people in the North of Russia – Kamchatka, participated in a meeting devoted to occupational guidance. The meeting was conducted by Valentina Bronevich, vice-chairman of the Government of Kamchatka region. The main issue to discuss was to promote youth employment in reindeer husbandry of the region.
The meeting gathered around 30 participants, among them were residents from Khailino village, Apuka village, Ossora village and Srednie Pakhachi village. All the participants expressed their interest and concern about salary of reindeer herders, issues of education and employment into reindeer husbandry, and measures of state and local administration support for those who choose this profession for themselves.
Natalia Nitsenko, the head of Employment and Migration Policy Department of Kamchatskiy region, Vladimir Kleymenov, head of “PO Kamchatolenprom” enterprise, and representatives of regional ministries and departments of Kamchatskiy region were answering to the questions addressed by young people.
A short video from the recent EALLIN workshop held in Umeå, Sweden.
EALLIN is the Arctic Council SDWG project about Reindeer Herding and Youth. EALLIN workshops took place in Russia (Kolymskoe, Saint-Petersburg, Yakutsk, Salekhard), Norway (Kautokeino), Sweden (Jokkmokk, Umeå), China (Aoluguya/Genhe, Inner Mongolia), involving young reindeer herders, scientists and experts in the field of traditional knowledge, natural resources and environment, representatives of indigenous peoples, the executive and legislative authorities, NGOs and the media. The main purpose of the project is to maintain and further develop a sustainable reindeer husbandry in the Arctic, working towards a vision of creating a better life for circumpolar reindeer herders. The project is working towards knowledge building and experience exchange in and between local reindeer herding societies in the Arctic, with the emphasis on youth.
January 30, EALLIN workshop started in Umeå, Sweden. The workshop for reindeer herding youth was held in connection with the opening of the cultural capital city of Umeå 2014, and it going last from 30/01 till 01/02. Young reindeer herders met with Mikhail Pogodaev, Chair of the Board of the Association of World Reindeer Herders, Johan Mathis Turi, General Secretary of the Association of World Reindeer Herder and others, to discuss current situation and future of reindeer husbandry, to share and exchange experience and knowledge, to make recommendations in order to bring their voice to the Arctic Council.
ICR has just released a short film by Philip Burgess entitled ‘Keepers of the Land – Reindeer Herding, Biodiversity and Knowledge in the Arctic‘. The film is just over 9 minutes long and gives a short overview of reindeer husbandry across the Arctic and sub Arctic. The film is an outcome from the Nomadic Herders and EALLIN projects and introduces these projects and their goals and features interviews with Mikhail Pogodaev (Executive Chair of WRH) and Elena Walkeapaa a student, reindeer herder and participant / organiser of EALLIN. A key theme of this short film is the contribution that reindeer herders can make towards preserving biodiversity in the Arctic and that herders are supporters of protected areas in their herding lands as long as they can be active participants in the planning and implementation of such areas.
The film features original footage of herders and reindeer in Norway, Russia, China and Mongolia, along with footage fromthe various EALLIN and Nomadic Herders workshops that have been held over the last year in Sweden, Russia and Mongolia, along with some footage from the 5th World Reindeer Herders’ Congress in Genhe/Alougoya, China
The culminating document from the World Reindeer Herders’ Congress is the final Declaration. Following the completion of the 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress in China, the final Declaration from this Congress has now been released.
The Declaration is an extremely important document for reindeer herders worldwide and represents in words their unique cooperation and also gives guidance to the priorities for the Association of World Reindeer Herders over the next four years.
This time around special attention was paid in the Declaration to the challenges facing Taiga reindeer husbandry and notes that taiga reindeer herding is under a threat of disappearing in China, Mongolia and such regions of Russia as Irkutskaya Oblast, Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Buryatia Republic, Khabarovsky krai, Tuva Republic, Amurskaya Oblast and others, and that the situation is still critical and needs urgent attention. The Nomadic Herders project was highlighted as having an important role to play in this critical situation. Other key themes included communication and information, the health of reindeer herders, globalisation and collaboration, pastures and biodiversity, youth, knowledge , research and education. You can read and download the full declaration below (in English)
Helena Omma was a keynote speaker to the Arctic Futures symposium that was held in Brussels yesterday (October 16, 2013). The entire day was broadcast live on the web and we have captured her presentation and can share it with you here. Her presentation was entitled ‘Reconciling land use conflicts with reindeer herding communities with economic development in the Arctic’. Besides introducing the audience to the world of reindeer herding, she discussed the ongoing situation facing herders in northern Sweden where extensive mining activities are planned on reindeer pastures and she also touched on the EALLIN project.
You can watch the video (17 minutes, in English) below.
Helena Omma, vice chair of the Association of World Reindeer Herders is a keynote speaker at the Arctic Futures Symposium being held in Brussels today. The symposium is being organised by the International Polar Foundation.
Her talk is entitled ‘Reconciling land use conflicts with reindeer herding communities with economic development in the Arctic’
At the 3rd Arctic Forum in Salkhard, the WRH, ICR and EALLIN project organised a ‘Chum Dialogue’ (See full story here) under the auspices of the ‘Training Future Arctic Indigenous Leaders’ umbrella. Dr. Svein Mathiesen, Professor at the UArctic Institute for Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry was interviewed by YAMAL Region TV.
Between 24-25 September 2013 in Salekhard the III International Forum “The Arctic – Territory of Dialogue ” took place and the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry(ICR) were active participants, organising a side event under the EALLIN / Training of Future Indigenous Arctic Leaders at the Yamal Polar Agro-economic college. The team in Salekhard included ICR Director Anders Oskal, WRH Chair Mikhail Pogodaev, WRH Secretary General Johan Mathis Turi, and PhD student Anna Degteva.
The organizer of the forum is the Russian Geographical Society (RGS ) . The first forum was held in 2010 in Moscow and was devoted to the contemporary problems of the Arctic, the second was held in 2011 in Arkhangelsk, its theme was the creation of the Arctic transport system. The third forum focussed on environmental safety, ecology and health of the people of the Arctic region . 375 experts and representatives of relevant agencies of Russia and other Arctic countries were present.
Among the delegates to the forum were the presidents of Finland and Iceland, as well as the Russian leader Vladimir Putin . In his speech, he stated that the resource-rich Arctic today opens a new page in its history :
” In the Arctic regions of Russia , an active search for and development of new fields of gas, oil and other mineral raw materials, the construction of new large transport and energy facilities , revived Northern Sea Route. Working in the harsh Arctic environment is extremely complex and requires significant financial cost , and truly unique technological solutions . and for us it is obvious that the priority , the key principle of development in the Arctic should be and must be sustainable, ensuring a balance between the economic activity , the presence of human and environmental conservation . ”
Russian Geographical Society (RGS) First Vice President Artur Chilingarov spoke in favor of discussing the problems facing indigenous minorities in the North at the Arctic Forum.
Renowned polar explorer and Russian Geographical Society (RGS) First Vice President Artur Chilingarov opened the Third International Arctic – Territory of Dialogue Forum in Salekhard on Tuesday.
“Over the years, the forum has become a major event for Arctic policy,” he said. “The primary goal is to organize a broad-based and unbiased dialogue concerning all issues related to the Arctic.” Environmental safety is the focus of the forum.
“Salekhard was not chosen accidentally,” he said. “It is located at the heart of oil and gas fields and environmental safety is important. It is a model for responsible environmental policy in the Arctic.”
In addition to environmental safety, other forum topics include regional health issues and the legal aspects of environmental protection, as well as likely climate change and cooperation scenarios in terms of providing relief to manmade environmental problems in the region.
The Russian Geographical Society invites researchers, experts, public and political figures, senior officials of the Arctic Council and observer countries to join them for the third time in a discussion of the modern condition and future of the unique natural area, the Arctic, on September 24-25, 2013.
The Third International Arctic Forum “The Arctic – Territory of Dialogue” will take place in Salekhard, the capital of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area, located in the Arctic Circle.
The main subject of the forum is ecological security in the exploration and use of the Arctic’s natural resources.
Forum participants will discuss climate change scenarios in the Arctic and will try to forecast the consequences for the region’s ecosystem. They will analyze the current level of pollution and the risks of it increasing in the future, as well as the priorities in preserving the Arctic’s ecosystem. The discussion will also touch on the environmental security and health of the Arctic population and the impact of the region’s industrial development on the life of its indigenous people. Finally, forum participants will discuss legal regulation of environmental protection in the Arctic and the effectiveness of multilateral international agreements in environmental protection.
At the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Kiruna, Sweden, the SDWG EALLIN project was presented to the Ministers by a young Sami woman, Elena Walkeapaa who spoke directly to Ministers about the challenges facing reindeer herding youth today.
Also presented to the meeting participants was this brochure which outlines the scope and goals of the SDWG EALLIN project. This brochure is now available in Russian. View/Download/Print this brochure below.
At the recent Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Kiruna, Sweden, the SDWG EALLIN project was presented to the Ministers by a young Sami woman, Elena Walkeapaa who spoke directly to Ministers about the challenges facing reindeer herding youth today.
Also presented to the meeting participants was this brochure which outlines the scope and goals of the SDWG EALLIN project. View/Download/Print this brochure here.
The Arctic Council met in Kiruna last week and the meeting signalled the passing of the Chair from Sweden to Canada. Much media coverage was given over to the issue of new observers to the Council (China was accepted as Observer after 10 years of trying, also India, Italy, Japan, Singapore and South Korea). China now can participate at the same level as…the Association of World Reindeer Herders (!) which is also an Observer to the Arctic Council. Membership of the Council has been a valuable and important tool for bringing the concerns and challenges of reindeer herders to the highest levels of government around the Arctic (see EALAT Information). The importance of Observer status to WRH will likely increase over time as the Arctic grows rapidly in strategic and resource importance.
This international workshop is part of the EALLIN project, a project which has been endorsed by the Arctic Council under the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG). Entitled EALLIN: Reindeer Herding and Youth, the workshop is supported by the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the UNESCO Office in Moscow, which is leading the international project “The network system of open resources of traditional indigenous knowledge to mitigate and adapt to climate change in the polar regions.” Participants will include scientists and experts in the field of traditional knowledge, natural resources and environment, reindeer herders, representatives of indigenous peoples, executive and legislative authorities, NGOs and the media. The workshop will be held hand in hand with the UNESCO workshop and the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the famous reindeer herder Il’ya Spiridonov.
The main purpose of the EALLIN project is to maintain and further develop a sustainable reindeer husbandry in the Arctic, working towards a vision of creating a better life for circumpolar reindeer herders. The project will work towards knowledge building and experience exchanges in and between local reindeer herding societies in the Arctic, with an emphasis on youth. To this end the project will focus on youth involvement, place-based workshops, local capacity building, new technology implementation, networking, dialogue between herders and industry, as well as circumpolar co-production of video and multimedia by youth.
Last week, a hugely successful EALLIN workshop wrapped up in Jokkmokk. EALLIN is an Arctic Council SDWG endorsed project that aims to bring the voice and concerns of young reindeer herders to the Arctic Council and beyond. The workshop brought together youth from Finland, Sweden and Norway and in addition a ‘lavvu dialogue’ session which was attended by reindeer herding youth and Sven Holmqvist of Jokkmokk kommune and Thomas Sundqvist, head of Corporate Communications of Jokkmokk Iron mines, who are actively pursuing mining claims in the region. You can download the Programme here. Thanks to technology, the Jokkmokk session was also linked up with reindeer herding youth in Yakutsk, where the Nomadic Herders team were attending the CAFF Biennial.
Eallin – the voice of Reindeerherding Youth – 15th – 16 th February 2013, Sámij Åhpadusguovdasj, Jokkmokk
“SDWG Eallin – The voice of the reindeer herding youth” is an Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group project, financed by the Swedish Sámi parliaments Eallinbiras-programme and operated by Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH), International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, Sáminuorra and Sámij Åhpadusguovdasj that invites you to participate in our workshop and consecutive Lávvu-dialogue.
What challenges does the youth face in the future, how should we meet these changes, and what kind of knowledge do we need and how can we learn from each other?
The conference on Friday 15th is open for public such as the lávvu-dialogue on Saturday afternoon while the workshop on Saturday morning is destined for reindeer herding youth.
You can confirm attendence via the EALLIN Facebook page