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Guardian interview about mining in Lapland

The newspaper Guardian, from the UK, interviewed on mining issues in Lapland. Full story can be read here.

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Wetlands International and Snowchange Publish Jukajoki Site

The Wetlands International based in the UK, together with Snowchange, publishes today the English-language web pages of the Linnunsuo wetland and Jukajoki catchment area, a nationally-relevant habitat for waders and other birds, with over 2,5 million € spent in restoration, science and traditional knowledge work.

The pages are here.

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A set of community posters, in Russian, from Ponoi watershed, Murmansk

Snowchange releases a set of community posters that will be on display in the remote wilderness villages of Murmansk region, Russia as PDFs.

They are available here.

Additionally, the Snowchange Sámi climate work posters 2001-2008 are available in English here.

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Award-winning Snowscapes, Dreamscapes Book Made Available

Winner of the “Book of the Year 2005″ prize by the SikuNews in Canada, Snowscapes, Dreamscapes -publication is now available as PDFs, ten years after its initial release.

Snowscapes Cover, 2004

Snowscapes Cover, 2004

Snowscapes, Dreamscapes – A Snowchange Community Book of Change

(original release April 2004)

Snowscapes, Dreamscapes is a unique publication. It can be read as a collection of observations of change around the world. As well it is a journey to the Indigenous and Northern mindscape.

It is a collaboration between young people from the dominant society and Indigenous people, sharing a concern for the condition of the North that we all call home. These voices have been collected in this volume.

This book does not give ready made answers. It embraces all knowledge as equal and worthy of respect.

We wish to share thoughts and knowledge of the Indigenous and local people on climate, cultural and ecological change based on their own experience and cultural understanding. We wish to give space to those meanings and positions that the Indigenous people articulate and interpret themselves.

Indigenous discourse and the knowledge embedded in it are mainly local, of everyday character, deep and spiritual, based on long-term observation and personal experience. We hope to trap the concepts “modernity” and “global change” into a critical dialogue with locality.

Accompanying the community voices are ‘Dreamscapes’ – Stories and Paintings by Elina Helander. Her material, inspired by Sami mythology, serves as guidance to Indigenous values and modes of thought.

Editors:

Elina Helander is a Sami reindeer owner from Utsjoki, Finland. She works at the Arctic Centre, the University of Lapland as a senior scientist.

Tero Mustonen is a traditional Finn from Tampere, Finland with roots in North Karelia. He works at the Tampere Polytechnic, Finland as the Project Manager for Snowchange. He fishes and writes poems.

Cover

Pages 1-222

Pages 223-423

Pages 424 – 568

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Festival of Northern Fishing Traditions Announced

Organisers: Snowchange Cooperative, Sámi Nue’tt and other Sámi organisations, Northern Forum

Perch being smoked in a Eastern Sámi camp, 2006. Photo: Snowchange, 2014

Perch being smoked in a Eastern Sámi camp, 2006. Photo: Snowchange, 2014

Brief Overview: This three-day festival, to be held in September 2014, introduces a vast range of traditional fishing practices, harvest methods, handicrafts and other traditional cultural elements of fishing in a practical way. Included in the programme are different seining and net fishery shows, lectures on ecological and climate change and their impact on northern fish, possibilities to develop subsistence and small-scale professional fisheries in a sustainable manner across the North, restoration of watersheds for salmonid fishes and other topics which are relevant for the Northern fishing communities.

Participants: We expect 20-30 community participants, engaged in different ways with fisheries, to participate – strong emphasis is put on direct participation of fishermen and –women themselves. Participation is expected from the Sámi peoples, Finnish fishing communities, Indigenous societies of Lower Kolyma, Sakha-Yakutia, Russia as well as Khanty-Mansi (Jugra region), Russia and Murmansk, Russia.

Location: Kesälahti, North Karelia and Sevettijärvi, home of the Skolt Sámi people, Finland

Tentative Programme:

14th September 2014: Arrival to Puruvesi, Kesälahti community in Eastern Finland by train from Helsinki, Accommodation and meals, a lecture on Puruvesi seining

15th September: A trip on Lake Puruvesi and seining

16th September 2014: Depart Puruvesi early morning at 06.00, drive to Inari, overnight

17th September 2014: Visit Siida and Sájos Cultural Sámi Centers in Inari, drive to Sevettijärvi, Accommodations, food and discussions.

18th – 19th September 2014:

Festival Day 1 & 2:

-       Neiden river and Skolt Sámi Atlantic salmon locations and restoration project – Theme: Northern women and fish

-       Return to community, in the evening cultural and musical programme of Northern fish

20th September 2014: Festival Day 3 with the village of Sevettijärvi:

-       Demonstration of seining on Sevettijärvi lake

-       Handicrafts show: Fish skin preparation (salmon, burbot and pike)

-       Lectures on northern climate change and fish

-       Creation of network of Northern small-scale fisheries: International network to focus on boreal and Arctic fisheries, knowledge exchange and trade in fish products in Eurasian North

-       End of the meeting

21st September 2014: Return of international delegates by flight from Inari – Helsinki – home: Please advise if you wish Snowchange staff to reserve tickets or accommodations.

A good catch of perch and white fish on lake Lovozero. Photo: Snowchange Co-op, 2014

A good catch of perch and white fish on lake Lovozero. Photo: Snowchange Co-op, 2014

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