Arctic Deeply’s most-read stories for 2016 were often about the wrenching social and environmental challenges that Arctic residents face. More often than not, however, these stories were also about solutions to these issues being created and advanced by the people living in the North themselves.
Among our top stories were ones about making country food more easily available in Nunavut, designing a better kind of house for Nunavik and a push to turn more Saami into scientists. Other stories sketch out how northern countries could further benefit from tourism or build cheaper icebreakers.
Special mention should go to our ongoing “Emerging Leaders” series, which puts the spotlight on the 16 bright young minds that we expect to influence the future of the Arctic. The introduction to this series attracted more attention than anything else we’ve published in the past year. Keep watching our website in the weeks to come as we release the rest of these profiles, and thanks for reading.
Buying and selling country food could help support the territory’s hunters and strengthen its very poor food security, but the practice conflicts with the Inuit tradition of sharing.
As sea ice declines, thousands of Pacific walrus are hauling out along the Alaskan coast, where low-flying aircraft can spook herds and trigger deadly stampedes. The Federal Aviation Administration hopes to change that.
Sheila Watt-Cloutier is one of the toughest, most influential Inuit activists in Canada. Her perspective on the effects of toxic chemicals and climate change on the Arctic have transformed the issues of science, politics and economics into those of human rights.
Foreign tourists helped Iceland back on its feet after its economy bottomed out. Canada’s Arctic is just as stunning and culturally rich, but it still lacks easy transportation, hotels and other amenities for tourism to give the region an economic boost.
A lack of safe and affordable housing threatens the health and well-being of thousands of Inuit living in Canada. But the construction of an energy-efficient, culturally mindful home could break ground on finding new Inuit-led solutions to the housing crisis.
The Saami University of Applied Sciences takes a holistic approach to education that reflects traditional Saami livelihoods and culture. This Indigenous-led research is vital in a changing Arctic, says Saami Council leader Gunn-Britt Retter.
With its newly accessible onshore and offshore mineral wealth sought by companies spanning the globe, mining developments remain a controversial topic in Greenland. At the heart of the debate is whether the boom will benefit or exploit the job-hungry local population.
Why pay more than $1 billion for a new icebreaker when it costs $150 million to make one in Finland – and where they are used for only part of the year? Canada, the U.S. and Finland could share these vessels, a joint venture that would increase the number of much-needed ice-ready ships in the changing Arctic.
Everyone agrees that Indigenous people should be more involved in Arctic research. However, there are still few Indigenous researchers. Erin Freeland Ballantyne, a founder and the dean of the Dechinta Bush University in Yellowknife, N.T., is trying to change that.
Meet the people who stand apart when it comes to improving education, fighting climate change, boosting international collaboration and revitalizing Indigenous culture in the Arctic. They are the ones we’ll be watching in the years to come.