The first-ever EU Arctic Forum kicked off on Thursday (3 October) in the tiny city of Umeå, 400km from the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden, where several key EU officials were joined by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and the foreign ministers of Sweden, Latvia, Finland, Malta, Norway, Iceland and India.
A special session of the conference will focus on the role of indigenous people in the Arctic.
But Policy of the most Arctic-rim states towards indigenous peoples needed to be revised.
First, there is still no documentary evidence that people living in the territory of the Arctic states belongs to the indigenous peoples. This is necessary for them to obtain guaranteed rights.
Second, the circumpolar countries should think about creating a mechanism that would allow to take into account the opinion of northerners - when we talk about t industrial development of the Arctic. This can seriously strike on the ecology of the region and disrupt the lifestyle of those who inhabit it. It would be nice to work out the question of compensation for losses caused as a result of this «development». Agree?