Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article focuses on a project looking at wild salmon and Arctic communities.

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The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) is working with the Arctic Athabaskan Council and other Permanent Participant organizations to bring together Traditional Knowledge holders from indigenous communities in Canada, USA, Norway, Finland and Russia to co-produce the design for a study that focuses on the health of Arctic freshwater systems. The project seeks to address:

  • how wild salmon—an important food source—is changing across the Arctic,
  • what implications these changes have on communities and the environment, and;
  • what we can learn from Indigenous perspectives on ecosystem health and freshwater systems.

“This project is important because it engages communities and Traditional Knowledge holders from the outset of a study — laying the ground-work for an assessment that is co-produced by both traditional knowledge and science,” says Reidar Hindrum, CAFF’s Norwegian Chair.

Project organizers are currently seeking funding for the first stage of this project. To learn more about Salmon Peoples of Arctic Rivers or to contribute please visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/salmon-peoples-of-arctic-rivers/x/11514931#/story

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Image: Project-lead Chief Mickey Stickman of the Arctic Athabaskan Council fishing on the Yukon River. Chief Stickman has noticed alarming changes in the quality and quantity of salmon. With such implications on food security for Indigenous communities Chief Stickman seeks to bring Arctic Traditional Knowledge holders together to discuss the issue and design a study. Photo: Annette Watson.