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Environment & Animal Life

Hottest May on record with Russian Arctic hardest hit

May 2020 was the hottest May on record, reported the Copernicus Climate Change Service on June 5. Their data shows that globally, last month was 0.63 C warmer than the average May from 1981-2010. Even in Europe, where May 2020 »

Environment & Animal Life

Climate change master’s degree being planned for Ilulissat, Greenland

With global temperature change transforming life in western Greenland, the home-rule government is looking at establishing a climate change master’s degree for local and international students in the community of Ilulissat to better understand the changing environment, especially in the »

International, Society

COVID-19 in the Arctic: all Greenland cases recovered but more in Arctic Russia

With the number of COVID-19 cases outside of China increasing rapidly, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global pandemic on March 12, urging governments “to take urgent and aggressive action” to stop its spread. Eye on the Arctic »

Economy

Q&A: How the Int’l Inuit Business Association wants to transform the Arctic

As interest in the Arctic ramps up in the global community, Inuit business leaders from across the Arctic want to make sure northern communities have a seat at the table. Earlier this month, Inuit business representatives from Canada, Alaska and »

Indigenous, Society

Can cross-border cooperation help decolonize Sami-language education?

KIRUNA, Sweden – An ambitious project to transform early childhood education for Sami children in Norway, Finland and Sweden, is getting underway, with authorities in Norway currently selecting the first nine preschools to pilot the project. The five-year project, called »

Environment & Animal Life

Waivers to possible Arctic HFO ban denounced by Indigenous & environmental orgs

The International Maritime Organization’s sub-committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) meeting wound up in London on Friday, with agreement on the draft text of a ban on heavy fuel oil in the Arctic from July 1 2024, but with »

Indigenous

Inuit in Canada, Alaska and Greenland found international business association

A new alliance made up of Inuit business representatives from across North America has formed to create the International Inuit Business Association (IIBA). The IIBA’s founding meeting took place on Thursday and will represent Inuit businesses from across Alaska, Canada »

Arts & Entertainment

Exhibition explores little-known story of graphic textiles from Arctic Canada

An exhibition currently underway at the Textile Museum of Canada  explores the little-known story of the graphic texitle program in the Inuit community of Cape Dorset which ignited the public’s imagination in the 1960s before winding down in the late »

Indigenous, Longform, Society

How not to promote Arctic tourism

INARI, Finland – Travelling around Finnish Lapland can feel a lot like a throwback to Arctic Canada at times. There’s the glass igloos peaking through the trees at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort just off the E75 road, or the umteen »

Indigenous

Inuit government calls to respect ban on caribou harvest in Atlantic Canada

The Nunatsiavut Government of the Inuit region of Atlantic Canada is renewing their call for their land claims beneficiaries to respect the George River caribou hunting ban as the herd begins migration into the region’s traditional hunting grounds. “This ban »