Aborigen Forum response to the “Development strategy for the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation and ensuring national security through 2035”

Aborigen Forum is an informal alliance of independent experts, activists, leaders, and community organizations representing indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia, and the Far East. Aborigen Forum expresses extreme concern about the approval of the Arctic zone development strategy through 2035, which, in essence,…

Record number of Native American women elected to Congress

Democrats Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids retain their House seats and are joined by Republican Yvette Herrell The 117th Congress will have a record number of Native American women after voters elected three to the House of Representatives. Democrats Deb Haaland, a Laguna Pueblo member representing…

Russia Shuts Down Arctic Indigenous Rights Group

Moscow’s city court has ruled to disband an indigenous people’s rights group almost 20 years after its founding, the latest in a series of NGO shutdowns that critics see as retaliation for their activities. Russian authorities blacklisted the Center for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the…

BUILDING BACK BETTER

Register here: http://bit.ly/IPBHR-BuildingBackBetter Download: IP and LTR_Concept Note-ENG.pdf (3000 KB) Date and time: 11 November 20205.30 PST; 8.30 EST; 15.30 EET; 21.30 PHST Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes Language interpretation: Spanish, French, English, Russian BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Almost nine months since COVID-19 swept the world, its impacts…

EXPLORING THE ARCTIC OCEAN: THE AGREEMENT THAT PROTECTS AN UNKNOWN ECOSYSTEM

A thick layer of multiyear sea ice once completely covered the central Arctic Ocean. But as the ice continues to retreat, waters that were previously only accessible to heavy icebreakers could soon open up and attract commercial fishing vessels. Yet, little is known about…

Acknowledging Indigenous land is the first step in taking better care of it

Nikoosh Carlo, Ph.D., is CEO of CNC North Consulting, which focuses on community-driven solutions to climate change, and a Public Voices Fellow of The OpEd Project and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications. In September, Schitt’s Creek, a sitcom created by the Canadian actor…

Nornickel is “cynical, corrupt and socially irresponsible”, says Russia’s top legislator

Following a parliament visit to the far northern company town of Norilsk, the Federation Council and its Speaker Valentina Matvienko expresses shock and outrage about company mismanagement and massive pollution in the Arctic. After decades of massive ecological destruction in the Russian North, federal…

THE KILLING OF SOMKHELE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST, FIKILE NTSHANGASE

“I refused to sign. I cannot sell out my people. And if need be, I will die for my people.” Tragically, grandmother Fikile Ntshangase’s words became a reality when she was gunned down in her home at Ophondweni, near Mtubatuba, on the evening of…

The Arctic Comes in from the Cold

The more that global warming reduces the ice cover in the Arctic, the greater the need there will be for multilateral arrangements to govern trade, resource extraction, and other issues across the region. Without forward-looking cooperation, a zero-sum scramble will ensue, leaving everyone worse…

#AnswerUsElonMusk: Russia’s indigenous peoples campaign against Arctic pollution

They’re demanding compensation for devastating pollution caused by Russia’s largest nickel producer Across the Russian Arctic, indigenous peoples are asking Elon Musk not to buy nickel from Norilsk Nickel, one of the largest nickel and palladium mining companies in the world. For the past…