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World Parks Congress Done, Queensland Indigenous Community Cooperation, On the Way to Aotearoa and South East Asia

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

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

Travels in Australia are winding down, this leg of the tour ending. Participation in the World Parks Congress was success, with a VIP panel discussion on the Arctic issues, mining in Finland and a opening of a letter campaign towards Metsahallitus in Havukkavaara forest – more on this in December. We joined up with the Indigenous and Local Community Conserved Areas Consortium in a five day event at the Blue Mountains, outside Sydney, prior to the WPC.

Snowchange was able to suggest a ‘Rapid Response Center for Indigenous and Local Communities‘ to be included in the Promise of Sydney final document from WPC. Then overall Skolt Saami issues to do with the Neiden River collaborative management were discussed too and the Haida cooperation strengthened after some years of a hiatus.

Now here we are in Cairns, Northern Australia with Victor Steffensen, Indigenous Australian leader, visiting Yarrabah Indigenous community, their Indigenous Protected Area and learning about cooperation possibilities, such as the Living Knowledge Place for 2015. Next up on the tour, Aoteoroa and South East Asia!

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US Documentary Film Blog about the Selkie Film

Mists of Karelia. Matti Pihlatie, 2014

Mists of Karelia. Matti Pihlatie, 2014

The US documentary film crew shooting in Selkie, Finland maintains a blog of their visit, which is available here.

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South Pacific Tour about to begin

Panels installed at the fish base of Chaigurginoo, Kolyma, summer 2012. Photo: Snowchange, 2014.

Panels installed at the fish base of Chaigurginoo, Kolyma, summer 2012. Photo: Snowchange, 2014.

Snowchange delegates head down under as the South Pacific tour 2014 kicks off. First in early November the Indigenous and Local Community Conserved Areas Workshop close to Sydney will allow exchange of view with many communities around the world.

Then the World Parks Congress starts on the 12th November. Snowchange will be amongst the Plenary speakers on the 13th and we are co-chairing the Stream 7 Climate Change roundtable, check the Congress website for webcasts.

In mid- November meetings with Australian Indigenous partners will be held in Cairns and neighboring communities.

On the 19th Snowchange partners in Aotearoa will be met. Meetings with the Maori Unit of National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, communities of Taranaki, Tongaporutu and others are a part of the agenda.

Towards the end of November we ll be heading to Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia to meet with the member communities from Kolyma and Iengra, and participate in two Arctic conferences organised by UNESCO.

Check back to see results and news – latest in early December!

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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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