Convener: Tor Gjertsen, UiT The Arctic University of Norway


Local and traditional knowledge acts as a resource for a socio-economic development of indigenous communities of the North. Such knowledge evolves and preserves at the same time, transmitting from one generation to the next on the level of an ethnic community. This knowledge also forms a basis for cultural and spiritual identity. At the same time, traditional knowledge is not only a guarantee for preservation of a cultural heritage of the Northern communities, not only an ecological buffer for protection of an environmental balance, but it can also be a foundation for development of production and entrepreneurship. The session will discuss, does local and traditional knowledge contribute to a preservation of an indigenous way of life? What impact local and traditional knowledge has on development of small business in indigenous communities? How implementation of innovations in development of local indigenous communities of the North takes place in modern conditions?