People established communities and cultures in the Arctic thousands of years ago, and today indigenous Arctic communities face tremendous challenges.
There are over 40 different ethnic groups living in the Arctic with the proportion of indigenous people estimated to be about 10% of total population living in arctic areas. People established communities and cultures in the Arctic thousands of years ago, and today indigenous Arctic communities face tremendous challenges for their homes and environment. During our mission, with respect to them, we will try to approach coastal communities by talking and offering them services such as dental examination, financial support through sponsorships, etc. We will try to get in touch with locals and especially with local tribes that have lived in the Arctic for centuries, to record their own perspective on the situation, the changes that have taken place with the possibility of forcing them to leave their homes and traditional ways of life as a result of rapid local ecological changes, and the future through their own eyes.
There is a great variation of cultural, historical and economical backgrounds among the indigenous people and it is quite difficult for these vulnerable to climate hazards people to trust and talk to us about the changes they are experiencing, and definitely it is a challenge for us.
During our mission, we will stop in different areas, meeting local people and gathering valuable information. Arctic indigenous peoples include for example Inuits (Inuvialuit) in Canada and Inuits (Kalaallit) in Greenland. In general, indigenous people have a specific connection to land that they have inhabited. Environmental problems such as climate change, however, present threats to the continuity of these livelihoods and culture.