At White House meeting, ministers commit to Arctic science, Indigenous knowledge

Nunatsiaq News posted an article online titled, “At White House meeting, ministers commit to Arctic science, Indigenous knowledge.” The article reads in part as follows;

“Ministers from 25 governments and Arctic Indigenous groups called for more international collaboration and the inclusion of Arctic Indigenous peoples in science and research decision-making in the Arctic at a major science meeting held Sept. 28 in Washington, D.C.

The science ministers representing the eight Arctic Council members—Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States—14 additional states and the European Union, in partnership with Arctic Indigenous representatives, met for a White House Arctic Science ministerial meeting one year after U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Alaska.

“Arctic science, in concert with traditional Indigenous knowledge, can help us address the effects of climate change and other challenges that Arctic communities face today,” said Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s science minister, in a Sept. 28 news release on the ministerial meeting.

Duncan said Canada recognizes the importance of collaborating with Indigenous peoples and other Arctic nations “to develop solutions together.”

Canada plans to address coping with environmental change by looking at case studies on capacity building and partnership development with “Big Science,” a fact sheet on the ministerial said.”

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