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Strong Snowchange Presence in ICCA General Assembly

Snowchange delegates will bring voices from the June Fisheries Summit in Tahltan to the ICCA GA. Mika Honkalinna, 2019

Snowchange delegates will bring voices from the June Fisheries Summit in Tahltan to the ICCA GA. Mika Honkalinna, 2019

Snowchange has three delegates attending this years Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas Consortium General Assembly in India. Regions spanning the Pacific, Arctic and Europe will discuss critical issues for the ICCAs in 2020.

The General Assembly of the ICCA Consortium is organised this year in Udaipur, India. Snowchange has established the 2 first ICCA territories in Finland. 2020 will most likely see at least 1-2 new sites added to the registry.

Curtis Rattray will share knowledge from the boreal North American Indigenous questions. Mika Honkalinna, 2019

Curtis Rattray will share knowledge from the boreal North American Indigenous questions. Mika Honkalinna, 2019

Sutej Hugu, Indigenous leader from Taiwan, will coordinate and represent Snowchange Pacific work at the summit. Tahltan Curtis Rattray from Dease Lake, northern British Columbia, Canada will bring Arctic voices and the deep exchanges from the Fisheries gathering in June co-organised with Land is Life and the Christensen Fund to the event. Antoine Scherer who is working on the Finnish and European questions, especially the Landscape Rewilding Programme will highlight success and issues from the boreal during the visit to India.

Hugu, Antoine and Curtis with ICCA president Teddy, in Udaipur, India.

Hugu, Antoine and Curtis with ICCA president Teddy, in Udaipur, India.

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Future Seas 2030, Aoteoroa and South Pacific

Coral Sea

Coral Sea

In November Snowchange staff, member and partner communities and coordinators from Greenland, Finland, Canada, Taiwan and wider Pacific region will join in a large summit “Future Seas 2030” held in Hobart, Tasmania. Visits to Aoteoroa and Wet Tropics of Australia follow.

A regional set of summits will highlight November in the South Pacific and wider region. Snowchange will meet and discuss issues of 2020s cooperation in Aoteoroa with a member community of Tongaporutu, especially their restoration efforts for the Poutama Tribal Park.

s2Future Seas 2030 Summit will gather delegations from Greenland, Finland, Canada, Taiwan, Aoteoroa, wider Pacific region and recorded community messages from Senegal and elsewhere. This important summit will seek solutions to the threats and issues oceans will face and the full immersion of Indigenous and traditional knowledge in dialogue with science. Summits with Indigenous Tasmanians will be held and supporting steps for future actions on coasts and at sea discussed.

The summit will feature many Snowchange presentations ranging from the Sea Eagle Rescue programme of the Baltic Sea into award-winning delegates presenting their monitoring work in Western Greenland and the possibilities of Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas work for Australia and the region. On the Wings of the Raven film will have its Pacific premiere in the event.

Wet Tropics, NE Australia

Wet Tropics, NE Australia

The tour will conclude by the Coral Sea in the Wet Tropics in NE Australia with the Djunbunji Land and Sea programme restoration exchanges and other Indigenous Australian dialogues. Djunbunji and Snowchange have partnered since 2014 on questions of acidic wetland restoration led by Indigenous and traditional knowledge as well as community-led ranger programmes and monitoring. Steps for 2020s cooperation will be held.

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New Video Features the World Heritage Plans for Yakutia

At the premiere, Munich.

At the premiere, Munich.

Hogan-Lovells, Snowchange partner who is working on both the solar panel expansion in Yakutia and the Landscape Rewilding efforts in Finland has released a new film featuring regional coordinator Vyacheslav Shadrin, Chief of the Elders Council of Yukaghir.

_FFF8771Premiered in a recent gala in Munich, the video discusses Snowchange-Sakha efforts to advance the Khalartsa tundra area in Lower Kolyma towards UNESCO World Heritage status. Whilst the final goal is still some years away the issues of preservation of culture and language are clear in the clip.

Snowchange is thankful to Hogan-Lovells for the continued support for these efforts.

 

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A New Discussion Paper Available: Endemic Time-Spaces of Future

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A new Discussion Paper “Endemic time-spaces of future” released in Finnish. English abstract available.

Endemic time-spaces of future investigates Finnish-language narratives of coming times using five historical cases. The Finno-Ugric languages do not contain a future tense and this points to possibilities of cultural interpretations of this tense. Finland has undergone a major transformation both in ecological and social terms from the late 1800s, from a society built on endemic ordering of time and space building hunting, fishing and other traditional trades to the post-industrial, delineated time and space.

Cases explore narratives of future-speak beginning from ’traditional’ community story-telling of late 1800s to transformations of the late 1900s to 2010s. The last cases indicate a full eridication and loss of endemic time-spaces that were still in part present in the early to mid 1900s in the rural materials.

Endemic time-spaces building on local traditions are positioned to be fully dependent of healthy or relatively undisturbed ecosystems. If such conditions are missing a formation of a distinct place-based cultural intepretations of events becomes nearly impossible.

Keywords: Endemic time, endemic space, Finland, oral history, futurology

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We Adapt. We Restore. We Survive – Reviving Tahltan Knowledge, Governance and Territory

Checking the nets on Stikine. Photo: Mika Honkalinna

Checking the nets on Stikine. Photo: Mika Honkalinna

In June 2019 Snowchange, Christensen Fund, Tahltan TWild, Land Is Life and IUCN co-organised the We Adapt, We Restore, We Survive Summit on the Stikine river in northern British Columbia, Canada. This event has now been captured in a high-end multimedia presentation to allow the voices and knowledge from the event to be shared more widely.

Elder David Rattray shares Tahltan traditions. Photo: Mika Honkalinna

Elder David Rattray shares Tahltan traditions. Photo: Mika Honkalinna

In June 2019, Tahltan elders and leaders, members of Snowchange’s Finnish and Alaskan teams and representatives from The Gaia Foundation, Land is Life, ICCA Consortium and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature came together in the heart of Tahltan Territory. Main coordinator for the event was the co-founder of Snowchange, Tahltan leader and educator Curtis Rattray.

At the confluence of the Tahltan and Stikine Rivers, delegates spent 5-days learning about Tahltan fishing traditions, hiking the territory and meeting elders to discuss the challenges the Tahltan face and how they are responding. This event followed a year-long process of documenting and implementing Snowchange – Tahltan community-based monitoring and reflections of Indigenous knowledge under the context of rapidly proceeding climate change.

The event was the first of the off-shoots of the Festivals of Northern Fishing Traditions, held before in Russia and Finland. The event also included a week-long review and critical reflection on the possibility of establishing ICCA territories (of life) in North American North. Indigenous leader from Taiwan, Sutej Hugu, presented the key concepts and ideas associated with the ICCA development for the region.

Please see the Gaia-developed multimedia case below.

We Adapt. We Restore. We Survive

 

Pacific salmon. Photo: Mika Honkalinna

Pacific salmon. Photo: Mika Honkalinna

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