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“Keepers of the Land” film was shown in Monaco during the “Students on Ice” Launch

January 12, 2017 • Alena GerasimovaEALLIN, Nomadic Herders, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

“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. 

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UArctic and KMI organized 2nd Arctic Academy in Korea

July 14, 2016 • Alena GerasimovaUArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Korea Maritime InstituteStarting July 10 and till July 16 the Korea Maritime Institute (KMI) has been hosting the 2nd Korea Arctic Academy in Busan, Republic of Korea.

The 2nd  Arctic Academy in Korea is sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, and co-organized by the University of the Arctic and Korea Maritime Institute. Student participants come from different UArctic members institutions. Altogether 29 students including 11 indigenous students from 7 Arctic  countries and  10 Korean students have been participating in lectures and discussions on various Arctic agenda, visiting Korea’s Arctic related institutions, and experiencing traditional and modern Korean culture.

Among keynote speakesr at the Arctic Academy were Bernard Funston the Executive Secretary of the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG), James Gamble the Executive Director of the Aleut International Association, Matti Heimonen Ambassador of Finland in Korea, Odin Kwon the Vice President of the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., LTD and others. During their short-term courses students also prepared presentations  on an Arctic relevant topic of their choice. Due to the diverse academic background of the students, many themes concerning Arctic were mentioned, such as marine seismic surveys in the Arctic, world reindeer herding, indigenous peoples in Arctic governance, rights of the people living in the Artic etc.

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New Gallery – Vice Minister Lunde ‘Lavvu Dialogue’

During the Biological Diversity course (8J-100) held recently in the Sami University of Applied Sciences, Kautokeino, as part of the introductory sessions there was a ‘lavvu dialogue’ held with the State Secretary Lars Andreas Lunde of the Ministry of Climate and Environment (Norway) and the President of the Sami Parliament in Norway, Aili Keskitalo. Below is new gallery of images from the session. The course is organized as  part of the Nomadic Herders project.

A ‘lavvu dialogue’ is a discussion that can take place either in a ‘lavvu‘ or in a lavvu like setting whereby all participants are seated in a circle on reindeer skins and are all equal participants in the dialogue and can share their voices in a collaborative non formal setting.

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‘Biological Diversity’ Can Mean Blood on Your Hands

April 13, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRH, Nomadic Herders, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Unknown-1As written previously, a course with over thirty students from all over the world of reindeer husbandry (Chukchi, Even, Evenki, Dolgan, Sami, Nenets and Dukha – to see where all these reindeer peoples live visit our Reindeer Peoples page), is currently underway in Kautokeino. Entitled ‘Biological Diversity from Indigenous Perspective’, the course has a strong focus on traditional food preparation and techniques and food as a key tool for the conservation of biological diversity and knowledge. Day 2 of the course is underway today, where students are demonstrating the skills, knowledge and food from their respective regions.

As the gallery below shows, working with reindeer meat and preparing traditional foods involves work, blood, fire and ashes…

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Biological Diversity from Indigenous Perspective Course Starts Today

April 12, 2016 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, ICR/WRH, Nomadic Herders, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Biological Diversity CourseA unique course got underway in Kautokeino, Norway today, with well over 30 young students with many young reindeer herding peoples represented (Nenets, Eveny, Evenki, Sami, Chukchi, Dukha and Dolgan). The students are enrolled as Bachelor students at the Sami University of Applied Sciences in Kautokeino in a course entitled ‘Biological diversity in a circumpolar indigenous perspective’.

The bringing together of this diverse group of young reindeer herders has been made possible through the coordination  of UNEP, GEF, the Arctic Council through the rubric of the Nomadic Herders project as organized by the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry in cooperation with University of the Arctic with financial support from the Norwegian Government, Ministry of Climate and Environment. With a strong focus on traditional food preparation, techniques and food as a key tool for the conservation of biological diversity and knowledge, the goal is to enhance the resilience of reindeer herders’ ecosystems and livelihoods, with an emphasis on the future generations of herders that will have to navigate the complexities of maintaining a traditional livelihood in a rapidly changing Arctic.

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APPLY NOW! NEW COURSE IN TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND BIODIVERSITY THIS SPRING

reindeerBiological Diversity in a Circumpolar Indigenous Perspective

Starting April 11th, 2016 in Kautokeino, Norway, this is a course organized by the Sámi University College and the UArctic EALÁT Institute in cooperation with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. The course includes a two-week session in Kautokeino, and independent project-work to document traditional knowledge.

 

Who Should Apply & Why?

The course is aimed at training young reindeer herders and indigenous youth in documenting traditional knowledge related to biodiversity change. This is an introductory-level course to indigenous peoples traditional knowledge and its use for the conservation of biological diversity. The focus is on building a bridge between analytical and empirical approaches to traditional knowledge. The course will, on the one hand, provide an introduction to academic debates on how traditional knowledge contributes to sustaining indigenous peoples societies and the role of traditional knowledge in the conservation of biological diversity. On the other hand it will provide students with practical experience in using methods to document traditional knowledge on biological diversity in a systematic and ethical manner.

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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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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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UArctic EALAT Institute seminar at International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry

September 10, 2015 • Svein MathiesenBlog, ICR/WRH, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Welcome  to  UEI seminar Friday  September 11th  10.00 – 1100.  phd student Ellen Inga Turi Umeå University will give the lecture: State Steering and Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Reindeer Herding Governance. International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry ICR LES Viessu, Kautokeino.

 

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Arctic Economic Forum (AEF) open in Tromsø to day

September 8, 2015 • Svein MathiesenBlog, ICR/WRH, Projects, Reindeer Herders, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Director of International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR)  Anders Oskal present at the opening of  the Arctic Economic Forum in Tromsø to day. Anders Oskal is member of AEF here with Artur Wilczynski Ambassador to Norway from Canada and Nina Buvang Vaaja
Deputy Director Arctic Council, Tara Sweeney Chair of Arctic Economic Forum

 

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International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry in Kautokeino opened by the current Prime Minister of Norway 10 years ago today

September 2, 2015 • Svein MathiesenBlog, ICR/WRH, Nomadic Herders, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR) in Kautokeino was opened by then the Minister of Local Governement and Regional Development, Mrs. Erna Solberg on September 2, 2005.

 

In her opening speech, Mrs. Solberg stressed that the establishment of the Centre is a contribution from Norway to maintain and strengthen the international cooperation in reindeer husbandry, and that it would add another dimension to the cooperation of the Arctic Council and the Barents Region. She also emphasized that the Government considers it important that the reindeer herders and their organizations have a close relationship to the Centre: “… We have therefore emphasized that the Centre to be established and operated in cooperation with the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH).”

 

Mrs. Solberg also emphasized the importance of traditional knowledge of reindeer husbandry in her opening speech: “… It is particularly crucial that the knowledge is accepted and used in education systems, research and, not at least, in public management. We have made little use of reindeer husbandry’s own experience and knowledge in our management of reindeer husbandry in Norway in the last 30 years,” said Mrs. Solberg before she rounded:” … The goal must be that future generations recognize the value of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge as essential skills in harvesting and management of nature, climate and environment. The aim must be to achieve a better and more appropriate management of indigenous livelihoods and areas in which the indigenous peoples live.»

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The Government was also represented by the Minister of Children and Family Affairs, Mrs. Laila Dåvøy, State Secretary, Mrs. Ellen Inga O Hætta in the Ministery of Local Government and Regional Development, and State Secretary, Mr. Vidar Helgesen in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the opening ceremony in Kautokeino in 2005.

 

In the anniversary year 2015, ten years after the opening of the ICR, the Prime Minister of Norway, Mrs. Erna Solberg said in her speech at the Sami Parliament’s plenary, 3 July:

“… The International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry – which was established in 2005 – has also contributed in promoting knowledge and understanding for the reindeer husbandry. The Centre contributes to maintain and develop sustainable reindeer husbandry in the northern areas, and strengthen the cooperation with reindeer herders in other countries. The Centre works well and has become an important actor in the North. “

 

The Centre contributes to the development of a new knowledge base for indigenous communities’ adaptation to the major changes in the Arctic. The Centre works with people-to-people cooperation and civil society from Alaska and Canada in the west to Mongolia and China in the east. Today, 10 years after its establishment, many reindeer herding youth from the northern areas attend in exchange programes organized by ICR. The Centre is now working with reindeer husbandry’s adaptation to climate changes and food culture in the Arctic Council. “… The establishment of ICR has significantly strengthened our opportunities for international people-to-people cooperation, exchange of information, recognition of our traditional knowledge, and the protection of indigenous communities in the circumpolar North,” said the General Secretary of WRH, Mr. Johan Mathis Turi. “… This is crucial for world reindeer herders, and thus the establishment of ICR is a great success”, he concludes.

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ICR will celebrate its 10th anniversary through a series of events in Norway and other reindeer herding countries during the period of 2 September 2015 to 2 September 2016.

 

ICR is a contribution of the first white paper to the Norwegian Parliament in 2004/05. The Centre is organized as a governmental body with special powers, and receives today their basic funding from the state budget through the Ministry of Local Government and Moderination. The Centre is located in Kautokeino, Norway, with offices in Eastern Siberia, Russia and Canada.

More information: Director, Mr. Anders Oskal, Internasjonal Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR)

Tel. +47 994 50010. Email: ax@reindeercentre.org Chair of the Board, Mrs. Inger A. Smuk, International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR) Tel.+47 915 43934. Email: ias@reindeercentre.org

Secretary General, Mr. Johan Mathis Turi, Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH)

Tel. +47 950 48331. Email: jmturi@gmail.com

INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR REINDEER HUSBANDRY – OPNING SEPTEMBER 2, 2005

By the Minister of Local government and Regional Development, Mrs. Erna Solberg

Dear organizers, guests and audience It is a pleasure for me, as the Minister for both the Sámi and the minorities, on behalf of the Norwegian Government, to open a new International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, located in Kautokeino. This Centre will add a new dimension to the cooperation between both the Sami interests and us, and in the Arctic Council and the Barents Cooperation.

 

The Government thinks it is of importance that the reindeer herders and their organizations have a close relationship to the Centre. We have therefore emphasized that the Centre is to be established and ran in cooperation with the Association of World Reindeer Herders. We have also been concerned to continue and strengthen the cross-border cooperation between reindeer herders. The Sámi reindeer husbandry was established long before we drew the borders between the state, and it is then essential to have a transnational cooperation in the years ahead. Reindeer herding organizations from both Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway are thus represented in the board and they are thus invited to take part in developing and running the centre forward.

 

The establishment of the Centre is a contribution from Norway to continue and strengthen the international cooperation between reindeer herders that was initiated for the first time 15 years ago by representatives from the reindeer husbandry. The cooperation includes today 20 different ethnic groups/nations who practice reindeer husbandry in large geographical areas in three continents and in totally 9 national states, from China and Mongolia in the east to Alaska and Canada in the west.

 

The Centre will be a key hub for dissemination and exchange of information, experiences and knowledge between world reindeer herders, – and between reindeer herders and the outside world. We all need to learn more about reindeer husbandry in the Arctic and subarctic regions.

 

I am glad that my participation today can be regarded as proof that the Centre already at the start have found their communication tools. It is nice for me to participate online and open the Centre in Kautokeino while I physically am located 2000 kilometres away.

 

It is particularly pleasing to note that the Centre, representing a traditional industry, take active use of highly developed technology. New technology is not a strange element in the industry – just look at for example the binoculars, snowmobile and ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), which are here to stay in the work of reindeer husbandry.

 

As known, reindeer herding, as a circumpolar industry residing in the marginal arctic regions, has developed a distinctive traditional knowledge and adaptation. In the practice of the industry, the herders have through the ages acquired experiences and valuable knowledge that make the basis of the operations of the industry in relation to the nature, the climate and the environment, animals and animal protection and harvesting and management of natural resources. Without adopting this peculiar traditional knowledge, it would be difficult, or impossible, for the herders to succeed in the industry, especially when taking into account the natural conditions in which the industry operates.

 

Traditional knowledge is rarely recorded, but delivered orally from generation to generation. An important task for the Centre will be to document the traditional knowledge in the different regions. Too often, we experience that this type of traditional knowledge disappears from our society, because we have other ways to safeguard knowledge than what has been traditional. Equally important is that traditional knowledge is disseminated and made known between the different indigenous people. It is particularly crucial that the knowledge is accepted and used in educational systems, in research and, not at least, in public management. We have made little use of reindeer husbandry’s own experience and knowledge in our way to manage reindeer husbandry in Norway in the last 30 years. The aim must be that future generations recognize the value of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge as important skills for harvesting and management of the nature, the climate and the environment. The aim must also be to achieve a better and more appropriate management of indigenous livelihoods and areas in which the indigenous peoples live.

 

With these words, I declare the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry opened. I wish the board of the Centre, the reindeer herders and their organizations and other partners, good luck with the work ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry in Kautokeino opened by the current Prime Minister of Norway 10 years ago today

International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR) in Kautokeino was opened by then the Minister of Local Governement and Regional Development, Mrs. Erna Solberg on September 2, 2005.

In her opening speech, Mrs. Solberg stressed that the establishment of the Centre is a contribution from Norway to maintain and strengthen the international cooperation in reindeer husbandry, and that it would add another dimension to the cooperation of the Arctic Council and the Barents Region. She also emphasized that the Government considers it important that the reindeer herders and their organizations have a close relationship to the Centre: “… We have therefore emphasized that the Centre to be established and operated in cooperation with the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH).”

Mrs. Solberg also emphasized the importance of traditional knowledge of reindeer husbandry in her opening speech: “… It is particularly crucial that the knowledge is accepted and used in education systems, research and, not at least, in public management. We have made little use of reindeer husbandry’s own experience and knowledge in our management of reindeer husbandry in Norway in the last 30 years,” said Mrs. Solberg before she rounded:” … The goal must be that future generations recognize the value of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge as essential skills in harvesting and management of nature, climate and environment. The aim must be to achieve a better and more appropriate management of indigenous livelihoods and areas in which the indigenous peoples live.»

The Government was also represented by the Minister of Children and Family Affairs, Mrs. Laila Dåvøy, State Secretary, Mrs. Ellen Inga O Hætta in the Ministery of Local Government and Regional Development, and State Secretary, Mr. Vidar Helgesen in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the opening ceremony in Kautokeino in 2005.

 

In the anniversary year 2015, ten years after the opening of the ICR, the Prime Minister of Norway, Mrs. Erna Solberg said in her speech at the Sami Parliament’s plenary, 3 July:

“… The International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry – which was established in 2005 – has also contributed in promoting knowledge and understanding for the reindeer husbandry. The Centre contributes to maintain and develop sustainable reindeer husbandry in the northern areas, and strengthen the cooperation with reindeer herders in other countries. The Centre works well and has become an important actor in the North. “

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The Centre contributes to the development of a new knowledge base for indigenous communities’ adaptation to the major changes in the Arctic. The Centre works with people-to-people cooperation and civil society from Alaska and Canada in the west to Mongolia and China in the east. Today, 10 years after its establishment, many reindeer herding youth from the northern areas attend in exchange programmes organized by ICR. The Centre is now working with reindeer husbandry’s adaptation to climate changes and food culture in the Arctic Council. “… The establishment of ICR has significantly strengthened our opportunities for international people-to-people cooperation, exchange of information, recognition of our traditional knowledge, and the protection of indigenous communities in the circumpolar North,” said the General Secretary of WRH, Mr. Johan Mathis Turi. “… This is crucial for world reindeer herders, and thus the establishment of ICR is a great success”, he concludes.

 

ICR will celebrate its 10th anniversary through a series of events in Norway and other reindeer herding countries during the period of 2 September 2015 to 2 September 2016.

 

 

ICR is a contribution of the first white paper to the Norwegian Parliament in 2004/05. The Centre is organized as a governmental body with special powers, and receives today their basic funding from the state budget through the Ministry of Local Government and Moderination. The Centre is located in Kautokeino, Norway, with offices in Eastern Siberia, Russia and Canada.

 

 

More information: Director, Mr. Anders Oskal, Internasjonal Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR)

Tel. +47 994 50010. Email: ax@reindeercentre.orgChair of the Board, Mrs. Inger A. Smuk, International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR) Tel.+47 915 43934. Email: ias@reindeercentre.org Secretary General, Mr. Johan Mathis Turi, Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) Tel. +47 950 48331. Email: jmturi@gmail.com

 

INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR REINDEER HUSBANDRY – OPNING SEPTEMBER 2, 2005

By the Minister of Local government and Regional Development, Mrs. Erna Solberg

Dear organizers, guests and audience!

It is a pleasure for me, as the Minister for both the Sámi and the minorities, on behalf of the Norwegian Government, to open a new International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, located in Kautokeino. This Centre will add a new dimension to the cooperation between both the Sami interests and us, and in the Arctic Council and the Barents Cooperation.

 

The Government thinks it is of importance that the reindeer herders and their organizations have a close relationship to the Centre. We have therefore emphasized that the Centre is to be established and ran in cooperation with the Association of World Reindeer Herders. We have also been concerned to continue and strengthen the cross-border cooperation between reindeer herders. The Sámi reindeer husbandry was established long before we drew the borders between the state, and it is then essential to have a transnational cooperation in the years ahead. Reindeer herding organizations from both Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway are thus represented in the board and they are thus invited to take part in developing and running the centre forward.

 

The establishment of the Centre is a contribution from Norway to continue and strengthen the international cooperation between reindeer herders that was initiated for the first time 15 years ago by representatives from the reindeer husbandry. The cooperation includes today 20 different ethnic groups/nations who practice reindeer husbandry in large geographical areas in three continents and in totally 9 national states, from China and Mongolia in the east to Alaska and Canada in the west.

 

The Centre will be a key hub for dissemination and exchange of information, experiences and knowledge between world reindeer herders, – and between reindeer herders and the outside world. We all need to learn more about reindeer husbandry in the Arctic and subarctic regions.

 

I am glad that my participation today can be regarded as proof that the Centre already at the start have found their communication tools. It is nice for me to participate online and open the Centre in Kautokeino while I physically am located 2000 kilometres away.

 

It is particularly pleasing to note that the Centre, representing a traditional industry, take active use of highly developed technology. New technology is not a strange element in the industry – just look at for example the binoculars, snowmobile and ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), which are here to stay in the work of reindeer husbandry.

 

As known, reindeer herding, as a circumpolar industry residing in the marginal arctic regions, has developed a distinctive traditional knowledge and adaptation. In the practice of the industry, the herders have through the ages acquired experiences and valuable knowledge that make the basis of the operations of the industry in relation to the nature, the climate and the environment, animals and animal protection and harvesting and management of natural resources. Without adopting this peculiar traditional knowledge, it would be difficult, or impossible, for the herders to succeed in the industry, especially when taking into account the natural conditions in which the industry operates.

 

Traditional knowledge is rarely recorded, but delivered orally from generation to generation. An important task for the Centre will be to document the traditional knowledge in the different regions. Too often, we experience that this type of traditional knowledge disappears from our society, because we have other ways to safeguard knowledge than what has been traditional. Equally important is that traditional knowledge is disseminated and made known between the different indigenous people. It is particularly crucial that the knowledge is accepted and used in educational systems, in research and, not at least, in public management. We have made little use of reindeer husbandry’s own experience and knowledge in our way to manage reindeer husbandry in Norway in the last 30 years. The aim must be that future generations recognize the value of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge as important skills for harvesting and management of the nature, the climate and the environment. The aim must also be to achieve a better and more appropriate management of indigenous livelihoods and areas in which the indigenous peoples live.

 

With these words, I declare the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry opened. I wish the board of the Centre, the reindeer herders and their organizations and other partners, good luck with the work ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Internasjonalt reindriftssenter i Kautokeino åpnet av Erna Solberg for 10 år siden i dag

Internasjonalt reindriftssenter (ICR) i Kautokeino ble åpnet av daværende Kommunal- og regionalminister Erna Solberg den 2. september 2005.

I sin åpningstale understreket Solberg at etableringen av senteret er et bidrag fra Norge til å videreføre og styrke det internasjonale reindriftssamarbeidet, og at det ville tilføre en ny dimensjon til samarbeidet i Arktisk Råd og Barentsregionen. Hun vektla også at det etter Regjeringens syn er det viktig at reindriftsfolk og deres organisasjoner har et nært forhold til senteret: ”…Vi har derfor lagt vekt på at senteret etableres og drives i samråd med Verdensforbundet for reindriftsfolk.”

 

 

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Solberg vektla også viktigheten av reindriftens tradisjonelle kunnskap i åpningstalen: ”…Det er særlig avgjørende at kunnskapen blir akseptert og tatt i bruk i utdanningssystemer, i forskningen og ikke minst i den offentlige forvaltningen. Vi har tatt lite i bruk reindriftens egne erfaring og kunnskaper i måten vi har forvaltet reindriften på i Norge i de siste 30 årene”, sa Solberg før hun avrundet: ”…Målsettingen må være at fremtidige generasjoner ser verdien i urfolks tradisjonskunnskaper som viktig kompetanse for høsting og forvaltning av naturen, klimaet og miljøet. Målsettingen må også være å få til en bedre og mer riktig forvaltning av urfolksnæringer og av de områder urfolk bebor.”

 

Fra Regjeringen deltok også Barne- og familieminister Laila Dåvøy, statssekretær Ellen Inga O Hætta i KRD, samt statssekretær Vidar Helgesen i UD på åpningsarrangementet i Kautokeino.

I jubileumsåret 2015, ti år etter åpningen av ICR, uttalte Statsminister Erna Solberg følgende i sin tale til Sametingets plenum 3. juli:

“…Det internasjonale reindriftssenteret – som ble etablert i 2005 – har også bidratt til å fremme kunnskap om og forståelse for reindriftsnæringen. Senteret bidrar til å opprettholde og videreutvikle en bærekraftig reindrift i nordområdene, og styrker samarbeidet med reindriftsfolk i andre land. Senteret fungerer godt og har blitt en viktig aktør i nordområdene.”

Senteret bidrar til utvikling av et nytt kunnskapsgrunnlag for urfolkssamfunnenes tilpasning til de store endringene i Arktis. Senteret arbeider med folk-til-folk samarbeid og sivile samfunn fra Alaska og Canada i vest til Mongolia og Kina i øst. I dag, 10 år etter etableringen, deltar mange reindriftsungdom fra nordområdene i utvekslingsprogram i regi av ICR. Senteret arbeider nå med reindriftens klimatilpasning og matkultur i Arktisk råd. ”…Etableringen av ICR har vesentlig styrket våre muligheter for internasjonalt folk-til-folk samarbeid, informasjonsutveksling, anerkjennelse av vår tradisjonelle kunnskap, og ivaretakelse av urfolkssamfunnene i det sirkumpolare nord”, sier Generalsekretær Johan Mathis Turi i Verdensforbundet for reindriftsfolk (WRH).”…Dette er avgjørende for verdens reindriftsfolk, og slik sett er etableringen av ICR en stor suksess”, konkluderer han.

ICR vil markere sitt 10-årsjubileum gjennom en rekke arrangement i Norge og andre reindriftsland i perioden 2. september 2015 til 2. september 2016.

ICR er et tiltak fra den første nordområdemeldingen til Stortinget i 2004/05. Senteret er organisert som et statlig forvaltningsorgan med særskilte fullmakter, og får i dag sin basisfinansiering fra statsbudsjettet via Kommunal- og Moderniseringsdepartementet. Senteret er lokalisert i Kautokeino, med underkontorer i Øst-Sibir, Russland og Canada.

Ytterligere informasjon:

Styreleder Inger Anita Smuk, Internasjonalt reindriftssenter (ICR) Tlf. 915 43934. Epost ias@reindeercentre.org Direktør Anders Oskal, Internasjonalt reindriftssenter (ICR)Tlf. 994 50010. Epost ax@reindeercentre.org Generalsekretær Johan Mathis Turi, Verdensforbundet for reindriftsfolk (WRH) Tlf. 950 48331. Epost jmturi@gmail.com

Traskribering av Erna Solbergs tale fra 2005:

INTERNASJONALT FAG- OG FORMIDLINGSSENTER FOR REINDRIFT – ÅPNING 2. SEPTEMBER 2005

ved kommunal- og regionalminister Erna Solberg

Kjære arrangører, gjester og forsamling!

Det er en glede for meg, både som same- og minoritetsstasråd, på vegne av den norske regjeringen, å åpne et nytt internasjonalt fag- og formidlingssenter for reindriften som er lokalisert til Kautokeino. Dette senteret vil tilføre en ny dimensjon til samarbeidet, både mellom oss og samiske interesser, og i Arktisk Råd og Barentssamarbeidet.

Etter Regjeringens syn er det viktig at reindriftsfolk og deres organisasjoner har et nært forhold til senteret. Vi har derfor lagt vekt på at senteret etableres og drives i samråd med Verdensforbundet for reindriftsfolk. Vi har også vært opptatt av å videreføre og styrke det grenseoverskridende reindriftssamarbeidet. Den samiske reindriften er etablert lenge før vi trakk grensene, og da er det viktig å også ha et grenseoverskridende samarbeid i årene fremover. Derfor er reindriftsorganisasjoner fra både Russland, Finland, Sverige og Norge representert i styret og de er på den måten invitert til å ta del i å utvikle og drive senteret fremover.

Etableringen av senteret er et bidrag fra Norge til å videreføre og styrke det internasjonale reindriftssamarbeidet som ble initiert første gang for 15 år siden av næringens representanter. Samarbeidet omfatter i dag 20 ulike etniske folkegrupper/folkeslag som utøver reindrift i store geografiske områder i 3 verdensdeler og i til sammen 9 stater fra Kina og Mongolia i øst til Alaska og Canada i vest.

Senteret skal være som et knutepunkt for formidling og utveksling av informasjon, erfaringer og kunnskap verdens reindriftsfolk i mellom, – og mellom reindriftsfolk og omverdenen. Vi trenger alle å lære mer om reindriften i hele den subarktiske og den arktiske del på den nordlige jordklode.

Jeg er glad for at min deltakelse i dag kan framstå som et bevis på at senteret allerede ved oppstarten har funnet sitt kommunikasjonsverktøy. Det er hyggelig for meg å kunne delta på nett og åpne senteret i Kautokeino samtidig som jeg fysisk befinner meg 200 mil unna.

Det er ekstra hyggelig å konstatere at senteret som representerer en tradisjonell næring, tar aktivt i bruk høytutviklet teknologi. Ny teknologi er ikke et fremmed element i næringen, se bare på for eksempel kikkerten, snøscooteren og barmarkskjøretøyer, som er kommet for å bli i næringsutøvelsen.

Som kjent, har reindriften, som en sirkumpolar næring med tilhold i marginale arktiske områder, utviklet en særegne tradisjonelle kunnskaper og tilpasning. Ved utøvelsen av næringen, har reindriftsfolk gjennom tidene tilegnet seg erfaringer og verdifulle kunnskaper som er lagt til grunn i næringens driftsformer i forholdet til naturen, klimaet og miljøet, dyr og dyrevern og høsting og forvaltning av naturressursene. Uten å ta i bruk denne særegne tradisjonskunnskapen, ville det vært vanskelig, eller umulig, for reindriftsfolk å lykkes med næringen, særlig når vi tar i betraktning de naturgitte betingelser som næringen drives under.

Tradisjonskunnskap er sjelden nedtegnet, men overleveres muntlig fra generasjon til generasjon. En viktig oppgave for senteret, vil bli å dokumentere de tradisjonelle kunnskapene i ulike regionene. Altfor ofte opplever vi at den typen av tradisjonell kunnskapen forsvinner fra vårt samfunn, fordi vi har andre måter å ivareta kunnskapen enn det som har vært det tradisjonelle. Like viktig er det at tradisjonskunnskapen spres og gjøres kjent urfolk i mellom. Det er særlig avgjørende at kunnskapen blir akseptert og tatt i bruk i utdanningssystemer, i forskningen og ikke minst i den offentlige forvaltningen. Vi har tatt lite i bruk reindriftens egne erfaring og kunnskaper i måten vi har forvaltet reindriften på i Norge i de siste 30 årene. Målsettingen må være at fremtidige generasjoner ser verdien i urfolks tradisjonskunnskaper som viktig kompetanse for høsting og forvaltning av naturen, klimaet og miljøet. Målsettingen må også være å få til en bedre og mer riktig forvaltning av urfolksnæringer og av de områder urfolk bebor.

Med disse ord erklærer jeg det internasjonale fag- og formidlingssenteret for reindriften for åpnet. Jeg ønsker senterets styre, reindriftsfolk med deres organisasjoner og andre samarbeidspartnere til lykke med arbeidet fremover.

 

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UArctic Shared Voices Magazine on EALLIN

July 28, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLIN, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Creating the Good LifeThe 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.

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Reindeer Parliament (poroparlamentti) Convenes in Finland

June 1, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, Reindeer, Reindeer Herders, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

PoroparlamenttiEvery year the Paliskuntain yhdistys the governing body of the reindeer herding cooperatives in Finland hosts the poroparlamentti (Reindeer Parliament) in Rovaniemi. Today, the 67th Reindeer Parliament is now underway and continues tomorrow.

You watch the livestream (and archived streams) here, follow the event on Facebook here and follow the hashtag #poroparlamentti.

See the program below (in Finnish)

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Nordlige-Norden Gets Reindeer Meat..

May 28, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLU, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Nordlige NordenLots of Chefs from the Copenhagen Hospitality College got their hands on reindeer meat in Copenhagen for the opening of the Nordlige Norden Arctic Food festival which started today. The reindeer meat was delivered by ICR and the next three days will see thousands of people pass through centre of Copenhagen sampling excellent Arctic food and of course reindeer meat in a lavvu. The event is connected to the EALLU project. Some pictures below, more pictures to follow.

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Arctic Food, Young Sámi Chefs: Nordlige Norden in Copenhagen Today

Young Sámi chefs with the Director of the  Copenhagen Hospitality School  Søren Huhlwein Kristiansen   From left: Ellen Karen Anna Sara,  Maret Ravdna Buljo, Jon Mikkel Eira, and Nils Christian KemiThis year, Denmark is the Chair of the Nordic Council and one of the events to commemorate this is ‘Nordlige Norden‘, a gastronomic tour of the Arctic, taking place in the heart of Copenhagen – as the organisers put it, ‘it may be the only Arctic adventure you ever go on’. After all, often the best memories we have from our travels are related to food.

We hear a lot about the ‘resources’ in the Arctic – oil, gas, minerals; but not so much about the people and the wonderful food – resources that are sustainable, valuable and the preparation of which is full of specific knowledge. Food including reindeer of course! Nordlige -Norden is a celebration of this resource – and it starts today, running until Saturday evening. The International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry is taking part and has erected a lavvu in Nikolaj Plads and thousands are expected to attend. ICR’s participation is linked into the Arctic Council EALLU project (traditional knowledge, food culture and adaptation to climate change) and the local partner in Copenhagen is the Copenhagen Hospitality College. Below are pictured young Sámi chefs with the Director of the College Søren Huhlwein Kristiansen.

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Knowledge Co-Production between NASA and Reindeer Herders across the Arctic

May 23, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRH, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

ANancy Maynard, Mikhail Pogodaev few years ago, UNU (United Nations University) filmed a short interview with the Executive Chair of the Association of World Reindeer Herders Mikhail Pogodaev and Nancy Maynard of NASA, after they presented a joint paper entitled “Sami Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and NASA Remote Sensing Technologies Working Together for Adaptation Strategies” at an international workshop on Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Traditional Knowledge convened in Mexico City, Mexico. You can now watch the interview online (see below) and you can download the presentation here.

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EALÁT – People & Reindeer in a Changing Climate – Now Watch on Youtube

May 22, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Johan Mathis TuriOne of the deliveries of the Arctic Council SDWG project EALÁT Information was the creation of a 30 minute documentary entitled “EALÁT – People and Reindeer in a Changing Climate’ which gave a broad overview of the various work packages of the EALÁT scientific project and in addition the community workshops held with herders across Eurasia to discuss climate change and traditional knowledge. You can now watch the whole documentary on You Tube here. The documentary was created by the Interntional Centre for Reindeer Husbandry.

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EALLIN Final Report Delivered at Arctic Council Today

PEALLIN Full Report CoverRESS 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,

Downloads available at eallin.org

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Nomadic Herders Project Meets With Dukha Herders, Mongolia

February 15, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRH, Nomadic Herders, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteComments (2)

After meeting with reindeer herding Dukha youth in Ulan Bator (see story and photos here) last week, Professor Svein Mathiesen and young Sami herder Issat Turi travelled to Northern Mongolia to meet with Dukha herders on the land to discuss the ongoing implementation of the Nomadic Herders project and heard from herders and their families at first hand why the future of herding peoples in the taiga is facing such difficulties.

We have just posted a new gallery of images from their visit to Dukha herders which you can view here.

You can follow updates on our ICR Facebook page here
Nomadic Herders Dukha Meeting 2015

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Nomadic Herders Project Meet With Dukha Youth, Ulan Bator

February 11, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, Nomadic Herders, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Nomadic Herders Youth The Association of Word Reindeer Herders (WRH) and UArctic EALAT Institute (UEI) are currently in Ulan Bator, Mongolia meeting with Dukha youth to discuss the ongoing Nomadic Herders project. Mikhail Pogodaev (WRH Chair), Svein Mathiesen (UEI Professor) and Issat Turi (Sami reindeer herder) here are pictured meeting with Dukha youth in Ulan Bator, with a subsequent meeting with Dukha  and Mongolian partners in a rather incongruously located Yurt on the top of a high rise in the city which is experiencing breakneck economic development, as is the whole country. See a photo gallery of the meeting here. The youth participants were

1.Shinsaran Tsermaa
2.Tsetsegmaa Gombo
3.Bayarmagnai Ganbold
4.Zolzya Uudus
5. Hischimeg Bayandalai
6. Burmaa
7. Hongorzul Purevjav

Duke youth meeting Ulan Bator

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New Photo Gallery – EALLIN @ Arctic Frontiers

February 9, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLIN, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Arctic Frontiers_Photo Olga Shavrina-42We 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

 

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Chilangarov Meets Reindeer Herding Youth, EALLIN

January 20, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLIN, ICR/WRH, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

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

Artur Chiliangarov meets with WRH and UArctic EALAT Institute youth

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EALLIN Release Event with Prince Albert at Arctic Frontiers

January 18, 2015 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLIN, ICR/WRH, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

EALLIN Front PageThe 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.

Prince Albert meets with WRH & ICR

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.

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Profession of reindeer herder to be excluded from list of specialties

December 7, 2014 • Svetlana AvelovaBlog, Challenges, ICR/WRH, Reindeer, Reindeer Herders, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

reindeerThis autumn, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation has taken the initiative to exclude about 100 names from the list of specialties of secondary vocational education, including the specialty entitled “technician reindeer herder”.

The reason for this decision is the absence or low enrollment of students for training in specific programs, as well as the fact that “students in secondary vocational education on the basis of secondary education or secondary vocational education study 10 months, which corresponds to the period of training for the professional training program” (from the explanatory note to the draft order of the Ministry of Education and Science).

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Watch UArctic President Address to Yakutsk Conference

December 4, 2014 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRH, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Lars KullerudWatch UArctic President, Lars Kullerud address to the recent conference “Prospects of Sustainable Development” which was hosted by the Government of Sakha Republic (Yakutia).” in Yakutsk, Russia.

 

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Bob Corell – Happy Birthday!

November 4, 2014 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRH, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Robert Corell & Anders OskalWe at the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, Association of World Reindeer Herders and the UArctic EALAT Institute would like to wish Dr. Robert Corell warm greetings for his 80th birthday today.

Dr. Corell has been a key ally of reindeer herders for many years and was a key partner in the early planning, initiation and implementation of the International Polar Year project EALAT. Corell has consistently sought out and promoted cooperation with reindeer herders and indigenous peoples and has played a key role in elevating the acceptance of indigenous knowledge and creating links and spaces where scientists and indigenous knowledge holders can share and learn from each other in atmospheres of trust and respect.

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New Article: Barriers to Incorporating Traditional Knowledge into Policy, Focus on Reindeer Herding in Finnmark

October 22, 2014 • Philip BurgessBlog, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Polar GeographyA timely contribution has been made to the debate about how governance and traditional knowledge intersect and the barriers that exist when trying to incorporate traditional knowledge into local and regional governance policies with a special focus on reindeer husbandry in Finnmark, Norway. This paper by Ellen Inga Turi and Carina Keskitalo paper highlights barriers to knowledge integration induced by the design of supportive policy instruments of information and institution building, where traditional knowledge is de-prioritized in relation to scientific knowledge.

The paper has been published in the most recent edition of Polar Geography

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Arctic College of Indigenous Peoples of the North (Sakha Republic) entered into an international network of World reindeer herders and UArctic EALAT Institute

June 25, 2014 • Svetlana AvelovaBlog, ICR/WRH, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

In Kautokeino in the northern Norway was signed an agreement on cooperation between the Arctic College of Indigenous Peoples of the North in Cherskii village, Association of World Reindeer Herders and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. This was made possible thanks to the development of cooperation between the college and the Association of World Reindeer Herders and the Ministry of professional education, training and placement of the personnel of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

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New Documents Uploaded to UArctic EALÁT Insitute Pages

June 7, 2014 • Philip BurgessBlog, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Logo UEI A new document pages has been added to the UArctic EALÁT Insitute Project pages. Just uploaded is an Activity List for 2011-14 and a presentation by Association of World Reindeer Herders Executive Chair and project leader Mikhail Pogodaev which he made recently in Umea, Sweden.

See the documents pages here.

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NRK Covers IPCC Launch in Kautokeino

April 2, 2014 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLIN, ICR/WRH, Nomadic Herders, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Oskal Presenting IPCCThe 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.

See the full article and video here.

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IPCC Launch Event in Kautokeino – Photo Gallery Added

April 1, 2014 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLIN, ICR/WRH, Nomadic Herders, UArctic EALAT InstituteComments (1)

IPCC Launch EventA photo gallery of the launch of the IPCC 5th Assessment report held yesterday in Kautokeino is now up. See all the photos here.
Watch a video prepared for the event here.

Read the Press Release for the event.

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New ICR Video Shows Herders Climate Observations to IPCC Launch Event

March 31, 2014 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLIN, ICR/WRH, Nomadic Herders, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

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.

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Landmark event: Launch of IPCC AR 5 in Kautokeino

IPCC LogoThe 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.

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EALLIN Lea Buorre! Short Video From Umeå Meeting

February 5, 2014 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLIN, ICR/WRH, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

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 herdersThe project is working towards knowledge building and experience exchange in and between local reindeer herding societies in the Arctic, with the emphasis on youth.

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EALLIN workshop in Umeå (Sweden)

January 31, 2014 • Alena GerasimovaEALLIN, ICR/WRH, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

eallin brochureJanuary 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.  

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Seasons Greetings to all!

December 24, 2013 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLIN, ICR/WRH, Nomadic Herders, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Seasons greetings to all our friends, colleagues and reindeer herders everywhere from the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and the Association of World Reindeer Herders

 

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Keepers of the Land – A New Short Film by ICR

December 20, 2013 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLIN, ICR/WRH, Nomadic Herders, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

Keepers of the Land ScreenshotICR 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

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Aoluguya Declaration from World Reindeer Herders Congress Published

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)

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EALLIN Featured on Yamal Region TV: Video

October 7, 2013 • Philip BurgessBlog, EALLIN, ICR/WRH, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

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.

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Herding on Thin Ice: Unique Thesis on Challenges Facing Reindeer Husbandry in Finnmark Published

Tracie Curry Thesis ScreenshotTracie Curry recently defended her Masters thesis in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University, entitled Herding on Thin Ice – An Excercise in Resilience and Adaptive Strategy. Interested in learning more about the drivers of change and development in the Arctic, and the impacts that these developments were having not only on the landscape but also the people who depend on these landscapes for survival, Curry was drawn to Finnmark and  reindeer herding. For her topic, Curry looked closely at the case of Hammerfest, located on Kvaløya Island in the Finnmark region of northern Norway where families of herders are currently struggling to maintain their traditions in the face of multiple development threats. In her words,

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UArctic EALÁT Institute Website Now Live

June 17, 2013 • Philip BurgessBlog, ICR/WRH, Projects, UArctic EALAT InstituteLeave a comment

UArctic EALAT Institute LogoThe UArctic EALÁT Institute was established as a legacy of the International Polar Year and grew out of the IPY EALÁT research project. The Institute was established in a formal ceremony in 2011 at the Sami Univesrity College in Kautokeino, Norway (photo galleries here) and since then has not only offered an online course (Adaptation to Globalisation – the Case of Reindeer Husbandry), but has coordinated numerous events and liased closely with other Arctic and indigenous peoples academic and other institutions across Scandinavia and Russia.

The UArctic EALÁT Institute now has its own web pages here on the Reindeer Portal where you learn about the Institutes work, and where future courses will be offered. Here you can also access a growing resource centre with documents and materials related to reindeer husbandry.

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