Module 2.1 Promoting the Traditional Ways of Life of Arctic Indigenous Peoples

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister for the Arctic Council, opened this video and was produced as part of the priority initiative during Canada’s Chairmanship (2013-2015) to promote the traditional ways of life of Arctic indigenous peoples.  One of the issues in the video addresses Polar Bear conservation in Canada.  She acknowledges that the Inuit continue to sustainably harvest polar bears for food, clothing and income as they have for generations, and speaks with certainty that Canada understands the special cultural significance of polar bear for the Inuit.  Their management system incorporates both traditional knowledge and science to work together to manage the species effectively. Through the Arctic Council, they are working together to  increase awareness of traditional ways of life and contribute to building and maintaining healthy sustainable societies.  The video also showcases two other traditional ways of life: the Protect Sápmi project in northern Norway, and the Aleut Urban Unangax culture camp in Anchorage, Alaska.

https://vimeo.com/125676295

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