Call for Papers: Conference on Indigenous Languages and Sustainable Development in the Arctic

January 9, 2019 • Alena Gerasimova

  As UArctic states, the international conference will take place from June 27-29, 2019 in Yakutsk, Russia. The program includes a symposium, exhibitions and presentations of new publications and projects, and covers topics related to learning, development and preservation of indigenous languages and cultures. Deadline: March 1, 2019.

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World Reindeer herders at the “ARCTIC: Today and the Future” Forum in Saint-Petersburg

December 6, 2018 • Alena Gerasimova

  December 5, 2018, the VIII International Forum “Arctic: Today and the Future” began its work in St. Petersburg. As the news on the Arctic: Today and the Future report, the plenary session of the Forum has been opened by the President of the Association of Polar Explorers, the Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic Artur Chilingarov.

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See the joint Statement of Ministers from the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial

October 29, 2018 • Alena Gerasimova

The Ministers representing the eight Arctic States (Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark – here represented by Ministers of Denmark, Faroe Islands and Greenland -, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Swedem and the United States), fifteen further States…

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EALLU book now available online

May 30, 2017 • Philip Burgess

The Arctic Council SDWG EALLU book entitled “EALLU; Food, Knowledge and How We Have Thrived on the Margins” which was launched at the Arctic Council Ministerial in Fairbanks, Alaska is now available to download on the Arctic Council document archive.

Over millennia, Arctic Indigenous People’ culinary traditions and food culture have nourished peoples, enriched communities, bound generations and embodied the very essence of ‘sustainability’. Indigenous food production and processing systems ensured that by connecting to the deep cycles of the seasons, sun and moon, and their specific ecological niches, and their rich knowledge, herders, hunters, fishers and gatherers could sustain human and animal life over thousands of years. This is not ‘Traditional Knowledge’ constructed in the form of a declaration or political statement. This is ancient knowledge enacted in the everyday.
This is a book about the fabulous abundance and diversity of food in the Arctic. While many think of the Arctic as a place of harsh climate and scarcity, in fact the Arctic hosts an extraordinary food culture, built on 10,000 years of knowledge, and intergenerational knowledge transfer.
Download the book here.

Ellen Inga Turi Talks Indigenous Knowledge at the White House

September 28, 2016 • Philip Burgess

Ellen Inga Turi presented an important speech to the Indigenous Peoples’ pre meeting to the first-ever White House Arctic Science Ministerial, which was held today in Washington D.C. Turi, who was raised in Kautokeino in a reindeer herding family, was representing the Saami Council and is an employee of ICR and recently finished her Phd in the University of Umeå, Sweden, on the topic of governance in reindeer husbandry in Finnmark.

Read a new release from the White House on yesterdays pre-meeting here,  and about the Ministerial here. There were a number of side events organized by ARCUS which you can view here, and a Webinar on Arctic Science for Education and Citizen Empowerment which you can watch the recording of here.


Read Turi’s speech below.

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Arctic Human Development Report Published – Free Download

February 19, 2015 • Philip Burgess

AHDR IIThe Second Arctic Human Development Report has just been published and can be downloaded for free from this link, published by Norden, the Nordic Council of Ministers. A good deal of the report deals with indigenous peoples, traditional livelihoods and reindeer herding in particular. Download the full report (500 pages) here.

From the abstract:

The goals of the second volume of the AHDR – Arctic Human Development Report: Regional Processes and Global Linkages – are to provide an update to the first AHDR (2004) in terms of an assessment of the state of Arctic human development; to highlight the major trends and changes unfolding related to the various issues and thematic areas of human development in the Arctic over the past decade; and, based on this assessment, to identify policy relevant conclusions and key gaps in knowledge, new and emerging Arctic success stories.

The production of AHDR-II on the tenth anniversary of the first AHDR makes it possible to move beyond the baseline assessment to make valuable comparisons and contrasts across a decade of persistent and rapid change in the North. It addresses critical issues and emerging challenges in Arctic living conditions, quality of life in the North, global change impacts and adaptation, and Indigenous livelihoods.

The assessment contributes to our understanding of the interplay and consequences of physical and social change processes affecting Arctic residents’ quality of life, at both the regional and global scales. It shows that the Arctic is not a homogenous region. Impacts of globalization and environmental change differ within and between regions, between Indigenous and non-Indigenous northerners, between genders and along other axes.


Youth in Yakutia has taken initiatives in the development of the Arctic

April 15, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

ясиа‘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.

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Novatek plans second LNG plant in Arctic

February 10, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

According to BarentsObserver, the new plant will be based on the resources of the Salmanovskoye and Geofizicheskoye fields, both located on the eastern bank of the Ob Bay in the peninsula of Gydan. The total resources of the fields amount to about 380 billion cubic meters, the company informs.

The federal government has approved the plans and project development is due to start in 2018, Itar-Tass reports.

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Det ignorerte arktiske folk

January 23, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

Arctic frontiersOriginal source: NRK

Det er høyt under taket i festsalen i rødbanken i Tromsø. Og lysekronene som duver under den dekorerte himlingen ser tunge ut. Skulle de løsne fra taket de har hengt fra det siste hundre året, burde man ikke sittet under de.

En som likevel sitter under disse monumentale belysningsanordningene denne småkalde januardagen i Norden Paris, er Mikhail Pogodaev. Han er dog ikke alene, men han skiller seg ut fra den grådresskledde forsamlingen, der han sitter i sin røde drakt sydd under en annen himmel lenger øst.

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