How not to promote Arctic tourism – Why Finland’s Indigenous Sami say marketing their region needs to change

Illustration showing an example of destructive Sami stereotypes for the Sami Parliament in Finland’s Culturally Responsible Sami Tourism project. (Artist: Sunna Kitti/Courtesy Sami Parliament in Finland.) By Eilís Quinn Web editor: Mathiew Leiser INARI, Finland – Travelling around Finnish Lapland can feel a lot like a throwback to Arctic Canada at times. There’s the glass […]

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

By Eilís Quinn Web editor: Mathiew Leiser 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 SaMOS — Sami manat odda searvelanjain (“Sami children […]

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The Arctic railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?

1 2 The Arctic railway Building a future… or destroying a culture?   By Eilís Quinn   An Indigenous nation divided by four borders A multibillion-euro infrastructure project led by a celebrity entrepreneur A northern region fighting for a place on the world stage Now that the Arctic railway project is back from the dead, […]

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NATO’s Arctic dilemma

NATO’s Arctic dilemma Two visions of the Arctic collide as NATO and Russia flex muscles Above image: Spanish Frigate Cristobal Colon, French Naval Ship Latouche-Tréville and Turkish Naval Ship Oruceis sail ahead of HMCS Ville De Québec while near the coast of Norway during Trident Juncture on Oct. 26, 2018. (Master Cpl. Andre Maillet/MARPAC Imaging […]

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Arctic tourism in the age of Instagram

Arctic tourism in the age of Instagram When most people think of Arctic economic development, things like resource extraction are usually first to mind. But northern regions and chambers of commerce are increasingly touting tourism as a key economic tool. It’s seen as an industry that creates jobs for a variety of education levels, promotes […]

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