Arctic Yearbook 2023: Arctic Indigenous Peoples: Climate, Science, Knowledge and Governance

In its latest edition, the Arctic Yearbook, an interdisciplinary journal focused on Arctic governance, economics, environment, and society, dedicates its entire volume to "Arctic Indigenous Peoples: Climate, Science, Knowledge, and Governance."

Arctic Yearbook 2023, edited by Lassi Heininen, Sara Olsvig, Justin Barnes & Heather Exner-Pirot, includes five thematic sections:

Section I: Climate Change and the Green Transition

The opening section addresses key tensions between climate change, green transition, and resource extraction in the Arctic. Authors emphasize the need to prioritize the voices of Arctic Indigenous Peoples. Highlighting the Fosen wind farm conflict and addressing the impacts of colonialism on Inuit communities, this section underscores the intersection of Indigenous rights, green energy policies, and the effects of climate change.

Section II: Food, Health, and Labour

Focusing on Greenland's labor market, experiences of Chinese workers in the Maniitsoq fish factory, and food security in the Russian Arctic, this section delves into the challenges and opportunities arising from multicultural interactions and policy implications for Indigenous communities.

Section III: Governance and Economy

Examining the implications of Inuit myths on nation-building in Greenland, the integration of Environmental, Social, and Governance principles with Indigenous Sustainable Finance, and challenges in Nunavut's telecommunications infrastructure, this section explores the intersection of governance, economy, and Indigenous knowledge.

Section IV: Knowledge and Science

This section delves into collaborative projects involving Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples, interdisciplinary environmental decision-shaping research, and innovative art-based action research strategies. It concludes with insights on Arctic networks, the Calotte Academy, and the recently launched "Arctic Expert-to-Expert" initiative.

Section V: Cooperation and Conflict

Challenging the narrative of Arctic Exceptionalism, the authors present a broader view of the Arctic's uniqueness. The section explores the impact of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Indigenous Peoples, China's evolving role in the Arctic, and implications for Arctic science. Briefing notes discuss the North Pacific Arctic Community, the China-Nordic Arctic Research Center, and the launch of the book "The Arctic in International Relations."

The 2023 Arctic Yearbook comprehensively explores Arctic Indigenous Peoples' experiences, challenges, and perspectives, shedding light on critical issues at the intersection of climate change, science, knowledge, and governance.

The Arctic Yearbook is the outcome of the UArctic Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security.

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