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SLICA Activities: 2004-2006

The SLiCA project entered its second phase following the November 2004 AC Ministerial Meeting. The Reykjavik Ministerial Meeting was the first forum where SLiCA presented empirical results, derived from the Alaskan portion of the survey.

 

Living Conditions in the Arctic – How to Measure Living Conditions and Individual Well-being among Inuit and Saami Peoples in the Arctic by Thomas Andersen, originally distributed at the Reykjavik Ministerial Meeting, will be published by the Nordic Council of Ministers before the AC Ministerial.

 

The first comparative studies including all regions and countries where interviewing is completed will be carried out in 2006.  SLiCA has used Alaskan data to provide examples of analysis results. The international analysis is organized under five themes:
 
1. The importance of social relationships and the standard of living to settlement patterns;
2. The importance of a mixed cash- and harvest/herding-based economy to living in the Arctic;
3. Relationships between social problems and other dimensions of living conditions;
4. The influence of educators and missionaries;
5. The influence of policies and living conditions.
A full-fledged analysis for all SLICA regions/countries will extend the activities beyond 2006 (subject to funding);

 

December 5-9, 2005: A workshop was held in Quebec city to compare results of analyses of themes 1-5, and to conduct additional analyses;

 

February 13-17, 2006: A workshop was held in Quebec City to extend the international analyses to the full set of Inuit data. The Canadian, US, Chukotka and Greenland teams completed the first merge of Canadian, Alaskan, Chukotkan and Greenland data and carried out the first preliminary, comparative analyses among the Arctic regions inhabited by Inuit;

 

May 14-19, 2006: A workshop was held in Quebec city to further compare results of analyses of themes 1-5, to conduct additional analyses and to prepare the presentations for the ISQOLS conference in Grahamstown, South Africa, July 2006.

March 4, 2006: main results comparing health conditions in Chukotka with health conditions among Inuit in Alaska, Canada and Greenland were presented at a conference in Alaska;

June, 2006: main results comparing health conditions in Chukotka with health conditions among Inuit in Alaska, Canada and Greenland were presented at the ICCH conference in Novosibirsk, Russia;

July 9-14, 2006: main results of the first analyses of the Inuit data on health and language were presented to the Congress of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, ICC in Barrow, Alaska.

July 17-20, 2006: SLiCA analyses were presented in a plenary session and in a special session: Living Conditions among Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic at the 7th Conference of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, ISQOLS at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.

As of March 2006, interviews in Canada, the United States and Chukotka (Russian Federation) were completed. Interviewing in Greenland is completed by 90 %.

Interviewing temporarily ceased, however, in Sweden, Norway and the Kola Peninsula (Russian Federation) due to lack of funding, and was never started in Finland for the same reason;

The international SLiCA management board sent a full, coordinated proposal to create “a remote access analysis system to SLiCA data”, SLiCA RAAS, to the International Polar Year Joint Committee, meeting the January 31, 2006 dead line. Unfortunately, this proposal was declined. It will be revised and resubmitted under another announcement of opportunity.

September 10-11 2006, SLiCA and ECONOR workshop in Copenhagen under the auspices of Arctic Council/SDWG.

Report to the Arctic Council Ministerial in Salekhard, Russia 2006 on the living conditions of the Inuit of the Arctic and the indigenous peoples of Chukotka;

Fall/winter, 2006 and further on: Regional living conditions profiles and analyses to be developed and published.

 

Planned Activities

Fall 2006-2008 Contribute to the development of Arctic social indicators through the ASI working group that has been established to develop a proposal for a set of indicators reflecting the welfare priorities of the indigenous peoples and other Arctic residents.

Conclude data collection/interviewing and data entry procedures; Carry out analyses regionally and by country; Publish results continuously; Compare data and analyses between regions/countries; Make the SLiCA-data “available to the scientific and indigenous communities of the Arctic as well as to political and administrative decision makers at the local, regional, national and international levels”. An IPY proposal: A SLiCA Remote Access Analysis System, RAAS has been submitted 31 January 2006.

Make SLiCA an operational survey instrument in other Arctic regions;

Offer SLiCA as an instrument to conduct surveys among other indigenous peoples in cooperation with the peoples in question and e.g. United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the World Bank;

Utilize data and carry out analyses in cooperation with other research projects, partners and stakeholders (e.g. the indigenous peoples organisations and public authorities at different levels within the Arctic).

A film project documenting living conditions as well as the process of SLiCA is under preparation.