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Policy of the most Arctic-rim states towards indigenous peoples needed to be revised

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?

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