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SLiCA: Arctic living conditions

Living conditions and quality of life among Inuit, Saami and indigenous peoples of Chukotka and the Kola Peninsula

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Arctic Social Indicators II (ASI-II) is a follow-up activity to ASI-I (2010) and the first Arctic Human Development Report (AHDR, 2004). The objective of ASI (2010) was to develop a small set of Arctic specific social indicators that as a collective would help facilitate the tracking and monitoring of change in human development in the Arctic. ASI indicators were developed for six domains that are considered prominent aspects of human development in the Arctic by residents in the Arctic: Health and Population; Material Wellbeing; Education; Cultural Wellbeing; Contact with Nature; and Fate Control.

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Foreword and Acknowledgements

The release of the Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic (SLiCA) anthology finds the Arctic in a defining moment. The global marketplace is increasingly looking to the North, once untouched, to find and harvest natural riches – oil, water, rare earth minerals, you name it. The difference from past periods of natural resources exploitation, however, is that the right to self-determination has now been established in the Arctic. In Greenland the Self-Government Agreement of 2009 has fundamentally changed the constitutional setup for Greenland and what we can do ourselves. Elsewhere in the Arctic there have been similar developments, though none as far-reaching.

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