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Empowering her guardians to nurture our Ocean’s future

Fischer, M, Maxwell, K, Nuunoq, N, Pedersen, F, Greeno, D, Jingwas, N, Graham-Blair, J, Hugu, S, Mustonen, T, Murtomaki, E and Mustonen, K 2022 , 'Empowering her guardians to nurture our Ocean’s future' , Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, vol. 32 , pp. 271-296 , doi:

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Coastal Indigenous and Traditional communities are starting to see changes to their lives from climate change, whether this is from species range changes or displacement from land changes. For many of these communities, the ability to adequately adapt to these changes is limited by the governance structures they are required to live within, which differ from their customary practices and culture. In November 2019, a group of Indigenous and Traditional Peoples, attended the Future Seas 2030 workshop and discussed the consequences of climate change, the biggest barriers for their communities, and barriers for using traditional knowledge in order to contribute towards a more sustainable future that in the end will benefit all of earth’s people. The aim of this workshop was to highlight and give a voice to the various backgrounds and real-life situations impacting on some of the world’s Indigenous and Traditional communities whose connection with the oceans and coasts have been disrupted. This paper presents these issues of oppression, colonisation, language and agency, making it difficult for these groups to contribute to the current management of oceans and coasts, and asks scientists and practitioners in this space to be allies and enable the needed shift to earth’s guardians taking a leading role in nurturing her for our future.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Fischer, M and Maxwell, K and Nuunoq, N and Pedersen, F and Greeno, D and Jingwas, N and Graham-Blair, J and Hugu, S and Mustonen, T and Murtomaki, E and Mustonen, K
Keywords: indigenous, traditional people, First Nations, traditional ecological knowledge, colonisation, climate change
Journal or Publication Title: Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publ
ISSN: 0960-3166
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