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Finnish Elder, Fisherman Kalevi Veko Recognized With the Highest Award in the Country

Kalevi Veko. Snowchange Cooperative, 2014

Kalevi Veko. Snowchange Cooperative, 2014

Today the Federation of Finnish Fisheries Association, the national body to advance professional fishing has recognized Elder, professional fisherman, 80-years-old Kalevi Veko with the highest national award that can be given to an individual – the Golden Award.

Kalevi Veko has been fishing all his life in the Sastamala region, a part of the Kokemäenjoki river catchment area in Western Finland. Mr. Veko has pioneered the role of observations made with traditional and local ecological knowledge to determine ecosystem and fish health. He has contributed to fisheries sciences for decades as a co-reseacher with professors and other researchers. He has fought the harmful industries that have wrecked water quality in his home lake for decades.

The Golden Award of the Federation of Finnish Fisheries Association can only be given to people who have contributed to national relevance in advancement of fisheries and related issues.

Mr. Veko pioneered a method where the professional fishermen in Finland are in the front lines to detect ecosystem and fish changes. Snowchange Cooperative later has implemented, in partnership with mr. Veko, this method in the Arctic, for example in the Kolyma river catchment area in Siberia, Russia as well as on several lakes and rivers in Finland.

In addition to mastering the fishing techniques and sites, mr. Veko is known as a person who carries the local traditions, oral histories, place-based knowledge and traditional culture. Snowchange plans to release a book of his life histories sometime in 2015.

Kalevi celebrates the award on Monday 3rd November, 2014 at home with his beloved wife, Eila and their children. Eila has also worked alongside Kalevi all her life in fisheries. Snowchange congratulates Kalevi and the extended Veko family and looks forwards to many years of further cooperation!

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Forager Magazine in Vancouver, BC, Canada Reports on Snowchange

Children of Nutendli, 2010. Photo: Nutendli nomadic community, 2014.

Children of Nutendli, 2010. Photo: Nutendli nomadic community, 2014.

The recently-launched “Forager” magazine, out of Vancouver, BC, Canada, has written about Snowchange activities titled “Training of Future Elders“.

The story is available for 5 CAD here.

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FENNIA Research Journal Publishes a new Snowchange paper

The FENNIA science journal has published today a new Snowchange-related peer-reviewed article “Endemic Time-Spaces of Finland”. It is available here.

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US Documentary Film Crew Arrives in Karelia

Mists of Karelia. Matti Pihlatie, 2014

Mists of Karelia. Matti Pihlatie, 2014

This week, an US-based documentary film crew from the Pretty Good Productions arrives in Selkie, North Karelia to start a year-long activity. Main purpose of the film project is to document the efforts on the Jukajoki watershed in Selkie – a catchment-wide restoration project, biggest of its kind in Eastern Finland, led by the villages of Selkie and Alavi. Film is titled “Our Place on Earth“.

The Jukajoki model builds on combination of traditional knowledge of the villagers and latest science. A man-made wetland unit “Linnunsuo” has emerged as top one wader habitat in Finland on the catchment area and over 2,5 million euros have been spent on research and restoration since the fish deaths since 2010 on the river.

Last week the esteemed “Foreign Policy” Journal out of Washington D.C. covered the Jukajoki project and Snowchange activities.

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US Foreign Policy Magazine Reports Snowchange Activities in Finland

The Washington DC -based Foreign Policy journal reports on the efforts of Snowchange to restore watersheds in lake Kuivasjärvi and Jukajoki. The article can be read here

Late Voitto Mustonen, fisherman, one of the Finnish Elders whose living legacy is the central component of the work. Photo: Snowchange, 2014.

Late Voitto Mustonen, fisherman, one of the Finnish Elders whose living legacy is the central component of the work. Photo: Snowchange, 2014.

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