Resource extraction in the Arctic: ReSDA

“When we talked to the communities about their research priorities, climate change wasn’t mentioned a single time”                                   Chris Southcott, ReSDA project leader

In November Yellowknife is a nice fairy-tale winter town, the administrative centre of the North West Territories in Canada’s North, with around 20 000 inhabitants smaller than Rovaniemi. It hosted the first annual ReSDA workshop – a project worth knowing about in the Arctic! It is coordinated by sociology professor Chris Southcott of Lakehead University in Canada.
ReSDA translates asResources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic”.

The parliament hall of NWT, Yellowknife. In case HM the Queen decides to join, she has a throne to sit always reserved for her.

Funded by Canada, it is one of the biggest Arctic Social Sciences projects, running an impressive 7 years between 2011-2017 with 2.5 million core funding, plus additional funding by partners.  It includes 51 researchers from 20 universities in 9 countries. The project has a quite simple but tremendously important goal:
to reduce the negative impacts and costs of extractive resource development for Arctic residents, and increase the benefits for them.

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Exhibition: Art, the North, people and the state

Northern art exhibition, Rovaniemi “Flying Stories” Rovaniemi Art Museum, 4.11.2011-29.1.2012

We went to watch an exhibition by three painters on Arctic topics, from three different regions: Greenland, Lapland and the Russian North-West. It’s called “Flying Stories” and exhibits paintings by Tyko Vylko, Andreas Alariesto and Johan Markussen. According to the museum, the exhibition is targeted to attract children as well. This approach is reflected in the arrangements: first it might seem strange that the paintings of the three painters coming from different regions and periods are mixed.  Continue reading “Exhibition: Art, the North, people and the state”