Our Alaska Work

Bering Straight Sea Ice, 2010.

Bering Straight Sea Ice, 2010.

In 2002 the Tribal Council of Unalakleet and Snowchange signed a far-reaching partnership on climate change documentations. Since those times, the Inuit of Alaska and Snowchange have continued to cooperate on a number of events and issues.

Unalakleet Work

Catching crabs, 2010.

Catching crabs, 2010.

The 2002-2009 oral history work in Unalakleet has been captured in the publication ‘It Has Been in Our Blood for Years and Years that We are Salmon Fishermen’. The themes of the oral history work include

  • climate change observations
  • weather prediction
  • place names
  • biodiversity and ocean change
  • arrival of new insects to the region
  • Inupiaq and Yu’pik culture and change
  • history of Alaska
Crabs, 2010.

Crabs, 2010.

Snowchange 2005 Conference

kajakAlaska Native Science Commission, ICC, Northern Forum, Snowchange and many tribal organisations worked to organise the large pan-Arctic summit ‘Snowchange 2005′ in Anchorage, Alaska, USA in September, 2005. The event was a great success. The Conference Report ‘Stories of the Raven‘ was released in late 2005.

 

School Work 2008-2016 and Work with ICC

A child in Unalakleet, 2010.

A child in Unalakleet, 2010.

The Selkie school, North Karelia, Finland and the Bering Straight School District with the school of Unalakleet has worked since 2008 to include traditional knowledge materials to the curriculum of the schools. Regular emails, joint projects and SKYPE connections have been complemented with exchanges in 2008 and 2010.

Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska communicates with Snowchange, especially regarding the Arctic Council issues, on a regular basis. We have also worked with prominent Inupiaq leaders, such as late Charles ‘Etok’ Edwardsen and Victoria Hykes-Steere.