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    Event summary: Sustainable Development Working Group meeting, October 2016

    The Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) met on 1-2 October, 2016 in Orono, Maine. The group focused on the progress of its projects and potential deliverables for 2017 Ministerial meeting.

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    Salmon Peoples of Arctic Rivers

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article focuses on a project looking at wild salmon and Arctic communities.

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    Promoting Traditional Ways of Life of Arctic Indigenous Peoples

    Traditional ways of life, including traditional practices, cultural skills, values, and spirituality, are vital to the health and wellbeing of Arctic indigenous peoples and communities. Factors such as globalization and climate change are altering the Arctic in unprecedented ways, and indigenous peoples are adapting and finding innovative ways to ensure traditional ways of life remain relevant in a changing Arctic. For many Arctic inhabitants, practicing these ways of life helps create a sense of cultural identity, fosters a close connection to nature, and provides them with an increased sense of control over their destiny.

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    Empowering the Cultures, Communities and Peoples of the Arctic

    During Canada’s Chairmanship, much of the Arctic Council’s work focused on initiatives that support the well-being and prosperity of Arctic residents...

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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.

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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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    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.

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    New Arctic Contaminants Project

    Industrial development of the Arctic has been accompanied by waste accumulation, especially in the vicinity of indigenous villages. This represents a growing threat to safety and health of the Arctic people who – due to traditional living conditions – are exposed to higher levels of contamination in the air, water, soil and their food supply.

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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.