CIER was founded in 1994 by a small group of First Nation leaders from across Canada who recognized the need for Aboriginal peoples to have the capacity to solve environmental problems affecting their lands and resources.
Started as a multi-year community-based capacity-building project situated in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Labrador. The goal of our project was to study the impacts of climate change on human health and well-being in Inuit communities. It is now funded by the Rigolet Inuit Community Government. Additional stories: Rigolettimiugvunga, I am from Rigolet
The goal of ELOKA is to facilitate the collection, preservation, exchange, and use of local observations and knowledge of the Arctic by providing data management and user support, and to foster collaboration between local and international researchers.
LEO is comprised of local experts who collect observations about unusual environmental events in their communities. They apply local and traditional knowledge, western science and modern technology to record and share observations and to raise awareness about the conditions in the circumpolar north. There are LEO participants in Alaska and Canada in over 100 communities.
Snowchange is a not-for-profit independent cooperative organization with headquarters in Finland. The international community network of Snowchange spans all eight Arctic states. Snowchange works with the various Northern areas and peoples on ecological topics, especially climatic and weather changes, from the scientific and traditional knowledge point of view.
Snowchange Cooperative is a network of local and Indigenous groups around the world who seek to work with the Arctic Council, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Assessment, National Science Foundation of USA, several universities and other partners on questions of biodiversity, climate change and local communities.