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    The Voice of Reindeer Herding Youth

    The goal of the Arctic Council EALLIN project is to maintain and develop sustainable reindeer husbandry in the Arctic.

  • Minister Aglukkaq to Host Circumpolar Mental Wellness Symposium

    The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council...

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    “Living in a Changing Arctic” at Yukon College

    A public event on adaptation to climate change and addressing black carbon and methane emissions in the Arctic was held during the recent SAO meeting in Whitehorse...

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    Open House Event on Traditional Knowledge

    The Arctic Council and its Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) will host a public event in Yellowknife on Monday, October 20, titled “Traditional Knowledge in our Work”.

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    SDWG Held Workshop on Mental Wellness in Circumpolar Communities

    The Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) held a successful workshop on the project “the Evidence Base for Promoting Mental Wellness and Resilience to Address Suicide in Circumpolar Communities” in May in Tromsø, Norway. The two-day event brought together research teams, Permanent Participants, community members, academics and government officials.

  • Elle Merete Omma is Sámi and was raised in a reindeer herding family in Norway and Sweden.

    New Executive Secretary for the Indigenous Peoples Secretariat

    Elle Merete Omma has been elected as the next Executive Secretary for the Indigenous Peoples Secretariat (IPS). Ms. Omma will assume her full time duties at the IPS on September 1, 2014.

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    Sea ice loss means changes for Arctic species and communities

    The Arctic Council Working Group, the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) has released the “Life Linked to Ice: a guide to sea-ice-associated biodiversity in this time of rapid change” report, which details changes in marine species and human communities as Arctic sea ice disappears, and makes recommendations to the Arctic Council. Changes in sea ice are affecting the very building blocks of life in the Arctic Ocean.

  • The sea outside the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway (Photo: Linnea Nordström) / МОРЕ В РАЙОНЕ ЛОФОТЕНСКИХ ОСТРОВОВ, СЕВЕРНАЯ НОРВЕГИЯ (ФОТО: ЛИННЕА НОРДСТРЁМ)

    Arctic Ocean Review demonstrates Arctic Council stewardship efforts of the Arctic marine environment

    Arctic marine areas are vital components in the regulation of global climate and an important source of nutrition, income and cultural identity for Arctic peoples and communities. At the May 2013 Ministerial meeting in Kiruna, Arctic Council Ministers welcomed the Arctic Ocean Review (AOR) Final Report and approved its 24 recommendations.


    Assessment of Arctic Ocean Acidification studies seawater pH

    The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) working group has released the first ever comprehensive assessment of Arctic Ocean acidification. The assessment was approved at the Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna 15 May 2013. In the Kiruna declaration Ministers welcomed the assessment and also requested that Arctic States continue to take action on mitigation and adaptation as well as continue to monitor and assess the state of Arctic Ocean acidification.

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    Conference on Sustainable Business in the Arctic

    On Thursday April 19 the Swedish Chairmanship hosted a Conference on Sustainable Business in the Arctic in Stockholm. Over 50 participants representing government, industry, Indigenous Peoples, research institutions, and organizations were present.

  • Photo: Patrick Borbey will take on the position of SAO Chair during the Canadian Chairmanship.

    Canadian Chair of Senior Arctic Officials Announced

    On March 11, 2013, Leona Aglukkaq, Canadian Minister for the Arctic Council, and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, announced that Patrick Borbey will become Chair of the Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials (SAO) for the Canadian Chairmanship from 2013-2015.

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    Electronic Memory of the Arctic: Digitized History and Culture

    The cultural heritage of the Arctic, the history of the exploration of the Arctic and the life of the region’s inhabitants are highly important. However, these can often be hard to restore, because the information resources are rare and incomplete, have different formats and languages and is spread across many countries.

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    Arctic Resilience Report Workshop in Finnmark

    The three-day Arctic Resilience Report (ARR) workshop 29-31 October, 2012, held in Kautokeino (Guovdageaidnu in Sámi), in Northern Norway, focused on bringing the assessment of resilience closer to northern realities and also on providing an opportunity for in-depth discussion about the meeting of traditional, local and scientific knowledge in the context of resilience.

  • Delegates at RAIPON congress

    Permanent Participant Article Series: RAIPON

    The Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON) is the Russian umbrella organization which organizes 35 regional and ethnic organizations of indigenous peoples in the 25 regions where they live. RAIPON represents 41 groups of Indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East. The total number of people is about 300 thousand and they live in 60 % of the whole territory of the Russian Federation from Murmansk to Kamchatka.

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    Permanent Participant Article Series: Saami Council

    The Saami Council was founded in 1956, making it one of the oldest indigenous peoples’ organizations. The Saami Council is a volunteer-based and independent cultural and political cooperation organization for Saami organizations in Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden. The Saami Council is a non-governmental organization. 

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    History of the Arctic Council Permanent Participants

    The Permanent Participant (PP) organizations are a unique feature of the Arctic Council. They give indigenous peoples the opportunity to make valuable contributions to the Arctic Council's activities. The PPs have full consultation rights in connection with the Council’s negotiations and decisions. Delegates from the PP organizations attend the Arctic Council meetings and sit at the table together with the Member state and Working group and task force delegates.

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    Saami National Day Celebrations

    The 6th of February is the Saami National Day which is celebrated in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, the four countries where the indigenous Saami people live today. The Saami National Day has been celebrated since 1993. The date, February 6, was chosen to commemorate the first Saami congress which was held in Trondheim, Norway in 1917.

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    Arctic environment requires responsible corporate practices

    As the Arctic becomes an interesting place for business actors to conduct operations, the strains on this sensitive region are increasing. The Swedish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council is organizing a workshop in Stockholm on 26–27 January to determine whether the OECD guidelines on corporate social responsibility (CSR) are adequate for the Arctic region.

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    Community Based Monitoring

    The peoples inhabiting the various regions of the Arctic spend vast amounts of time on the land and at sea. Drawing on personal experience, information shared with others, and knowledge handed down through the generations, residents of the Arctic are able to recognize subtle environmental changes and offer insights into their causes.

  • Map of languages spoken in the Arctic

    Linguistic Diversity

    Language not only communicates, it defines culture, nature, history, humanity, and ancestry [1]. The indigenous languages of the Arctic have been formed and shaped in close contact with their environment. They are a valuable source of information and a wealth of knowledge on human interactions with nature is encoded in these languages. If a language is lost, a world is lost.