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On the Way to British Columbia

merileijonatIn Finland winter seining is coming to a close due to ice conditions. In late March we are heading to British Columbia, Canada for an extended Steering Committee meeting round as well as a string of community visits in the BC and WA:

Eagle and Crow, 2004.

Eagle and Crow, 2004.

  • Meetings with the Tahltan and Kwakwakwala First Nations representatives
  • Public Lectures and Events (a major announcement on the 30th March!)
  • Review and Cooperation talks with the Lower Elhwa Tribe, WA and the Elhwa River Restoration Project
  • Plans for the North American Work 2017-2018

 

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A Major News Story About Snowchange Out in the US

Sunrise in Kolyma, 2006.

Sunrise in Kolyma, 2006.

Defiant News reports about the work of Snowchange, ecological restoration and Indigenous communities.

Media article available here.

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Winter News: BC, Saami Work in the Communities, Jukajoki proceeds

IMG_0976Slowly February is turning to March. It means spring is around the corner. Winter seining on lake Puruvesi is at all time high, ice conditions are reflective of the very warm winter, but still crews are out. A 40 minute documentary film will be released online in the spring about this unique boreal professional fishing community.

Dempsey Bob is one of the most famous Tahltan artists of the past 100 years. Snowchange, 2004

Dempsey Bob is one of the most famous Tahltan artists of the past 100 years. Snowchange, 2004

Internationally, Snowchange teams from communities and from the HQ will head to British Columbia, Canada in mid-March. Work with the Tahltan representatives focuses on revitalisation of traditional knowledge in the villages. We will also have an excursion to the Elhwa River system in the Washington state, where large-scale hydropower stations have been removed to allow the Pacific Salmon to return!

Next week community meetings and workshops will be held in Inari, Sevettijärvi, Nesseby, Utsjoki and Vuotso as a part of the CBM work of Snowchange. We continue to work with the Nordic IPBES process with the report slated for a summer release.

merileijonatDomestically the ecological restoration of river Jukajoki is also in high gear. New wetland units have been created in early 2017 and more progess takes place weekly. Expect major newscast in mid-March!

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Our Place on Earth Global Films Released

Zandar_Cliff_2An antidote to the fear-based climate change narrative, Our Place on Earth shares on-the- ground stories of community resilience from around the world. Season 1 is now available for free.

sandbar-barbudaThe season opens in the small Finnish village of Selkie, as villagers and locally-based Snowchange Cooperative work to rescue their watershed from the impacts of a local peat mine. What unfolds is an exploration of village identity, the importance of place and tradition, and how saving one thing means the survival of others.

booby-cay-bangkukuk-popeCommunities across the Caribbean face dramatic climate impacts and rapid adaptation is essential. In this chapter, OPOE explores the different strategies Caribbean communities are taking to adapt their lives to an unpredictable future.

The indigenous community of Bangkukuk, Nicaragua, faces many social and climatic challenges, including drought, intense storms, illegal land-grabs, and overfishing. In this installment, OPOE follows the Nicaraguan-based NGO, blueEnergy, as they collaborate with Bangkukuk villagers to adapt to these increasingly dramatic challenges.

alisia-bangkukukDirector, Tom Miller, and Producer, Nuin-Tara Key, of PrettyGoodProductions traveled for one year, filming the documentary series “Our Place On Earth.” Season 1 is an on- the-ground portrayal of people’s lives as they spearhead climate change initiatives in their own communities.

While traveling, the team lead workshops on low-cost video production as a way to help communities share their own stories with the world. They also partnered with the village of Selkie, in Finland, to co-produce the feature film, “Jukajoki”, which highlights the restoration of Selkie’s watershed.jukajoki-river-delta-finland

Season 1 is available here.

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New Research Paper on Näätämö Project Out

River Kirakkajoki is the site of the 2017 restoration efforts.

River Kirakkajoki is the site of the 2017 restoration efforts.

A new research paper, published in the IDS Bulletin, discusses the Skolt Sámi work in the Näätämö basin. “Moving Beyond Co-Construction of Knowledge to Enable Self-Determination” talks about Indigenous knowledge:

It is increasingly recognised that co-construction of knowledge which brings together researcher-derived understanding, with local, practitioner or non-researcher understanding is necessary to address current global challenges. Emerging empirical evidence suggests challenges remain in bridging across scales and ensuring inclusion of the marginalised. It is unclear whether espoused approaches are in practice enhancing the wellbeing of those currently on the front lines of ecological, social and political crises, or, whether they are inadvertently increasing inequality.

Näätämö River Co-Management

Näätämö River Co-Management

In this article, we explore co-construction from our experience as embedded researcher–practitioners through two case studies: the ecological restoration of fisheries by the Skolt Sámi in Finland, and the conservation of agro-ecological and forest management practices by peasant communities in Paraguay. We challenge the idea that co-construction of knowledge is sufficient to engage with regressive institutional and political dynamics that continue to marginalise, arguing for a focus on self-determination to be the foundation for co-construction.

The paper is available here.

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