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New Discussion Paper #6 Released – ‘Flow of Life’ Along River Ponoi

Eastern Sámi family camp in Seitsul Island, Kola Peninsula, in late 1800s. Photo: Courtesy of the Snowchange Co-op, 2014

Eastern Sámi family camp in Seitsul Island, Kola Peninsula, in late 1800s. Photo: Courtesy of the Snowchange Co-op, 2014

In December and January Snowchange and the local partners, HOC and coordinators, organised series of community workshops in the remote wilderness communities of Kola Peninsula devoted to the 2006-2015 work along the Ponoi river, one of the most significant Atlantic Salmon rivers of the European North.

Snowchange Discussion Paper #6 shares a photo essay of highlights from these workshops. It is available here.

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“School of Dreams” produced animations and a look to the future in Urals, Bering Straight and Boreal Finland

Snowchange Cooperative has been coordinating school work between the Unalakleet school in Bering Straight School District, Alaska, USA, the village school of Norya, Republic of Udmurtia, Russia and the school of Selkie, North Karelia, Finland now for seven years.

This semester the theme of the work, as proposed by the Udmurtians, was ‘School of Dreams‘ – jointly organised in the three locations. Selkie students thought that:

- The actual school building will be needed even thought there are wishes to study more outside, outdoors. Special wishes for the school building: ”Walls made from metal, colored pink, black or brown.

- There was a certain wish to modify the learning environment: ”Walls no longer exist”.

Teachers can sigh in relief: ”We are still needed in the future too!” According to students in the school of future the teaching will be done by: humans according to 14 answers, a robot 1 answer.

- ”After every lesson is a break, then the lunch break and half a year summer holiday with Xmas holiday lasting three weeks.”

In Udmurtia, the school children had painted, amongst other things, their school of dreams. Paintings included flying saucer -shaped school, time machines and so on.

In Alaska the youngest participants had produced stop animations, seven in total. The films are available below:

Antigravity

Flying books

Jetpack

Robot Girl

Time travel

Village in a school

Wish tray

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Our Place on Earth Movie Posters Released

With the trailer expected to arrive in a few weeks, the promotional posters of the two films focusing on traditional knowledge, habitat restoration and Selkie have been released today online.

 

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A new science paper on community based monitoring

Nutendli reindeer herders and Snowchange staff greet the morning sun, 2006. Photo: Snowchange, 2014

Nutendli reindeer herders and Snowchange staff greet the morning sun, 2006. Photo: Snowchange, 2014

Snowchange and collaborators release a new science paper on community based monitoring, titled: “The Contributions of Community-Based Monitoring and Traditional Knowledge to Arctic Observing Networks: Reflections on the State of the Field“, published in the Arctic journal.

The paper is available here.

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Snowchange and the UN Association Release a Joint Photo Exhibit on Skolt Sámi Work

Skolt Sámi fishermen Jouko Moshnikoff and Teijo Feodoroff at winter nets in Spring 2014. Photo: Gleb Raygorodetsky, 2015.

Skolt Sámi fishermen Jouko Moshnikoff and Teijo Feodoroff at winter nets in Spring 2014. Photo: Gleb Raygorodetsky, 2015.

Snowchange, together with all community and project partners, teams again with the UN Association of Finland to release a set of high-quality English-language posters about the first collaborative management project in Finland, the Näätämö River Co-Management Plan. 

The posters with the photos will be on exhibit at the Sámi Museum of Siida from 22nd January to 27th January, 2015, after which they will be displayed in various cities across Europe. The set of posters is devoted to the life work of mr. Leif Rantala.

The posters are available here as PDFs.

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