The overall goal of the Network is to assess and study successful practices of sustainable development concerning children in the Arctic, considering the adaptation of indigenous traditional knowledge to contemporary conditions.
To learn more visit Children of the Arctic network website.
Objectives are to:
Study the social, economic and health conditions of children in the Arctic as well as challenges they are facing, including climate change, industrial development, and globalization.
Study how communities are preserving native languages and transmitting them to the next generations in the Arctic, including local knowledge and skills.
List best practices and success stories regarding the preservation of local knowledge among children of the Arctic and their adaptation to contemporary challenges.
Establish a network of cooperation within the universities of the Arctic to create new standards for the sustainable development and well-being of the future generations of the Arctic.
Background and need:
There is a need for more knowledge on best practices for promoting well-being in children
in the Arctic, especially children of Indigenous peoples.
Drop-out of education, domestic violence, alcohol abuse, relative poverty and neglect are still too often seen as challenges for children in the Arctic – and we need more knowledge on how to prevent these challenges through community-based, efficient, and culturally sensitive methods.
That good methods for securing the Rights of the Child to all children in the Arctic are being developed – but that they still need to be implemented in all areas.
That the conditions for indigenous children differ profoundly across the Arctic countries and areas – and that some of the children live under very difficult social and cultural conditions.
There is a huge need for community-based participatory action research involving children and young people in the local communities in the Arctic.
There is a need for more cooperation between researchers within this field across the Arctic.