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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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  • Jewelry made of reindeer horn with reindeer etched onto it

    Arctic People

    Almost four million people live in the Arctic today, with the precise number depending on where the boundary is drawn. They include indigenous people and recent arrivals, hunters and herders living on the land, and city dwellers. Many distinct indigenous groups are found only in the Arctic, where they continue traditional activities and adapt to the modern world at the same time. Humans have long been a part of the arctic system, shaping and being shaped by the local and regional environment. In the past few centuries, the influx of new arrivals has increased pressure on the arctic environment through rising fish and wildlife harvests and industrial development.

  • The Arctic Council’s Youth Art Contest 2015

    Young people of the Arctic region showed off their artistic talents in the Arctic Council’s Youth Art Contest 2015...

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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.

  • Northern Lights dancing in the sky and reflected in the water of the fjord

    Arctic Residents Cozy up During the Polar Night

    One of the unusual features of life in the Arctic is the seasonal variation of sunlight. In November the days become shorter and shorter until the sunlight disappears and the Polar Night begins.

  • EMA conference participants in front of The National Library of Russia in St.Petersburg

    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.

  • Saami flag in red, green, yellow, and blue

    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.

  • 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.