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Trailer for the “Jukajoki” Film Released

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Our Place on Earth and Jukajoki are the two films to be released in Autumn 2015, both of which document the lives, cultures, places and nature of a small village of Selkie, in North Karelia, Finland.

At the center of the two films is the Jukajoki restoration project – a UN-recognized attempt to revitalize the heavily-damaged watershed of a former lake salmon and trout ecosystem, by combining Finnish-Karelian traditional knowledge, fisheries, and latest science.

On the trailer one of the subsistence fishermen, Heikki Roivas, central to the restoration project, speaks about the impacts, damages and restoration. Director Markku Pölönen, a nationally known artist who lives in Selkie, talks about Finnish relationship with nature. Tero Mustonen, head of the village, explains the context and directions that the project means locally, nationally and internationally.

Both films are to be released in September, 2015. The trailer is here.

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Ostola Lot is protected, Campaign Ends in Finland

Mists of Karelia. Matti Pihlatie, 2014

Mists of Karelia. Matti Pihlatie, 2014

Today Metsähallitus and Snowchange Cooperative, together have reached a solution regarding the Ostola lot, which is a part of the Havukkavaara old-growth forest located in Selkie village, North Karelia, Finland.

Metsähallitus will conserve 18,3 hectares of old-growth boreal and surrounding areas, parts of which have been logged, as a buffer zone. This will allow the old-growth forest to regenerate to these parts of the now-protected area.

Today Metsähallitus will demarcate the 18,3 hectares as a part of their ecological zoning outside all forestry activities. All hunting rights are preserved until early 2017. Towards 2017 the forest will be designated as a strict IUCN –category preserve. Moose hunting will be allowed in the area in the future.

Snowchange and all local stakeholders support this historical decision. We welcome the Metsähallitus steps and declare our international campaign regarding Ostola forest to have ended.

We are equally thankful for all parties that assisted us in achieving this day, especially we wish to name the Indigenous and Local Community-Conserved Areas Consortium – ICCA, Tapestry Institute, University of Essex Sustainability Institute, the Gaia Foundation and Doctor Gleb Raygorodetsky and all parties who worked so hard for this day.

Snowchange looks forwards in working with Metsähallitus to seek possibility to declare the newly-created Havukkavaara forest as the first Indigenous and Local Community-Conserved Area in the near future.

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Snowchange partners Mulong & Living Knowledge Place Release a new Indigenous Australian Film

With the rangers on a 30,000 year old fish trap on the Coral Sea. Victor Steffensen, 2014

With the rangers on a 30,000 year old fish trap on the Coral Sea. Victor Steffensen, 2014

Snowchange partners Mulong and Living Knowledge Place release a new short film “Hands on Culture: Participatory 3D Modelling with Mandingalbay Yidinji People“.

The film is available here.

 

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March news – ILO suspended, community tours begin, plans for the spring made

Chukchi nomadic Turvaurgin in reindeer separation, Winter 2005. Photo: Snowchange

Chukchi nomadic Turvaurgin in reindeer separation, Winter 2005. Photo: Snowchange

Since mid-February the community work in Snowchange has increased towards the spring.

Between 27th February and 6th March, visits were made:

- Swedish-Finnish Border River Commission, Torneå: Discussions on a renewed focus on cultural fisheries of the catchment area

- Rovaniemi to discuss restoration of spawning beds for trouts and salmon in the sub-catchment area of Vainosjoki, which is a part of the Näätämö watershed with the state authorities

- Dialogue sessions with the Maasai from Loliondo, Tanzania on aspects of land use cooperation for 2015 and beyond.

- Skolt Saami meetings in Keväjärvi and Sevettijärvi to discuss work plans for the 2015 in the frame of the co-management activities this year.

Then in early March, 2015 commercial harvests of winter seining continued in Puruvesi, North Karelia. Tero Mustonen was chosen as the head of the Fishing Station at Kesälahti, to represent the winter seiners in national and international issues.

Domestically, restoration activities in lake Kuivasjärvi and river Jukajoki catchment areas remain in focus as new round of funding for a new project to create wetland units and other restoration activities is underway. Negotiations with the Metsähallitus on the status and future of Ostola lot continue, with expected results towards early April.

Internationally, Snowchange has coordinated activities for the community-monitoring activities along the Ponoi river, Murmansk region, Russia. We will participate in high-level climate summit in India in March, 2015, with more information made available towards summer.

Lastly, the Government of Finland fails to ratify the ILO 169 – Saami organisations have been called to urgent meeting on monday, 16th March, 2015.

Despite eight years of negotiations between the Saami Parliament and the Government of Finland, the Parliament did not ratify the ILO 169 convention today. Last minute attempts to influence the Parliament failed.

The acting Saami Parliament President, mrs. Tiina Sanila-Aikio, summarized that the decision is greatly damaging to the relations between the Saami and the state.

Saami feel betrayed, she added. Relations between the state and the Saami have reached all time low, and ’significant statement, significant sign of trust’ is needed urgently to restore trust, negotiations and relations between the two parties. International pressure will mount early in the week as the UN Permanent Forum is paying special attention to the developing situation.

Snowchange Cooperative is currentlu closely involved in high-level negotiations attempt, after the ILO 169 decision, between the government and the Saami to break the impasse.

Situation remains tense and without easy solutions. Future updates to follow.

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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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