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Arctic Indigenous leaders call for more action on climate change – Nunatsiaq News

19 November, 2019

Youth seek focus on “the health and well-being of our people, lands, waters, and animals”

Taking action to curb climate change and to preserve the circumpolar world’s Indigenous languages are among the key calls to action that emerged from last week’s Arctic Leaders Summit in Rovaniemi, Finland.

Representatives of Indigenous peoples’ organizations of the Arctic—the Aleut International Association, the Arctic Athabaskan Council, the Gwich’in Council International, the Inuit Circumpolar Council, the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North and the Saami Council—gathered in Rovaniemi from Nov. 13 to Nov. 15 to identify their priorities and discuss the future of the Arctic.

The top call from the Arctic leaders, as set out in their nine-page declaration, is for more action on climate change, which they said constitutes “a state of emergency” for their lands, waters, animals and people.

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