Keeping our Traditions Alive: Compendium of Best Practices in Promoting the Traditional Ways of Life of Arctic Indigenous Peoples

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Keeping our Traditions Alive: Compendium of Best Practices in Promoting the Traditional Ways of Life of Arctic Indigenous Peoples
Arctic Council International
Published by The Arctic Council Secretariat. 2015, 71pp.
ISBN: 978-82-999755-3-7

Arctic Indigenous peoples and communities have a long history of self-reliance and self-sufficiency, sustained through generations of traditional economies and cultural practices. For many, living according to traditional ways of life creates a sense of cultural identity, fosters a close connection to nature and provides them with increased control over their own destiny. Sustaining their traditional ways of life, through the transfer of traditional practices, ensures that their values persist and that important social and cultural links are maintained. This report is a compendium of ways that Arctic indigenous peoples express this important priority. The various initiatives, programs and polices included are considered by Arctic states and Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations to be a sampling of best practices in promoting these practices. While by no means an exhaustive list, the compilation of best practices in this volume attempts to provide the reader with an understanding of some of these practices, their importance and the work being done at various levels to ensure they continue to flourish. Each submission in this compendium was identified by an Arctic state or Indigenous Permanent Participant organization. Readers interested in learning more about any of these best practices are encouraged to contact the individual or organization listed. Several GSCI initiatives are included in the book: the Gwich'in Ethno-botany Project (pages 26-27), and the The Gwich’in Place Names Project (pages 28-29). Both were put forward by the Gwich'in Council International.

(Modified from the report introduction)

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