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Fourth Festival of Northern Fishing Traditions In September

Snowchange is proud to announce in collaboration with the Endangered Landscapes and Seascapes Programme and other supporters the fourth Festival of Northern Fishing Traditions to be held in North Karelia, Finland from 4th September to 8th September, 2024. The Festival, … Continue reading

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A Major Northern Indigenous Hub and Databases Launched – Documented Observations and Knowledge Widen the Understanding of Arctic Change But Offer Also Potential New, Novel Responses

First-ever detection of microplastics in the Sámi rivers and lakes.  Gwich’in knowledge reaching back to Myth Time unveiled. Local observations of marine species, fish and birds shows priorities for Western Greenland. Faroe Islands communities share their 20-year-long observations of pilot … Continue reading

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Microplastics in Arctic waters of the Finnish Sámi area

A new science paper combining Sámi knowledge and science documents the very first microplastics in Sámi home area. The Skolt Sámi teams worked with the researchers for four years to document, assess and quantify the situation – microplastics are even … Continue reading

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Summer Opens With an Arctic Summit, Expansion in Koitajoki

Summer is here. Snowchange co-organises and participates in the Arctic Passion General Assembly in the Sámi home area, Inari in June. Koitajoki Rewilding expands significantly. Several Indigenous delegates arrive in the HQ and we welcome Thomas Miller, the film maker … Continue reading

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Two New Sites Added to the ICCA Registry – A Sámi Forest Area and Onkamo lakes in North Karelia

In May 2024, the ICCA Registry approved the first forest area protected by the Sámi, or the so-called ICCA area in Nordic countries. The Altto-oja forest, located by the Ivalojoki, is a 72-hectare entity. At the same time, the Onkamo … Continue reading

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May Newsletter – Ryökkylä Village Focus, Pärjänjoki River

Spring arrives. In May traditional Karelian village of Ryökkylä on lake Mekrijärvi is in focus. Additionally a sub-Arctic Pärjänjoki river in the Ii catchment receives support. Management fisheries will commence on Sääperi once the ice leaves. At the end of … Continue reading

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Late Winter Thunder, Sharing Circle and New Sites! April Newsletter

Spring begins. Winter seining season is coming to a close, winter thunder rattles Karelia, we remember Sharing Circle and look ahead to new rewilding season. First information about the 2024 Festival of Northern Fishing Festival available. Rare winter thunder rattles … Continue reading

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Traditional Polar Transportation Seen from Within the Culture

A new science paper captures two very significant regional cultural practices from Snowchange collaborations. Unassisted seal hunts from the Kvarken area and extended reindeer nomadism from Lower Kolyma, Siberia are captured in the inquiry. The words and knowledge of the … Continue reading

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March Brings Early Spring

Warmed than expected weather brings a start to the bird migration, changes in fisheries and launch of several operational events of 2024. A second print of oral histories of a Sámi knowledge holder is the first Snowchange book of the … Continue reading

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February Expands Actions on the Wild Forest Reindeer

February is here and includes actions to support wild forest reindeer, welcoming a new staff member and fisheries on the ice. In early 2024 we have been able to secure appr. 84 hectares of important rewilding territories in Lauvuskylä, Kuhmo, … Continue reading

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