Harmful Investments and Protection of Sacred Spaces – Realisation of Indigenous Collective Rights in the Northern and Arctic Regions

  • Robert RodeEmail author
Part of the Springer Polar Sciences book series (SPPS)


This quote from the “Circumpolar Inuit Declaration on Sovereignty in the Arctic” adopted by the Inuit Circumpolar Council in 2009 underpins the growing awareness of Indigenous Peoples of promoting new partnerships that does not view indigenous rights to self-determination anymore as detached from shaping political relations and economic development. Disputes over ownership, use and conservation of their traditional lands and territories have been overshadowed for decades and centuries by the negative impact of energy development in the Arctic and circumpolar North. Particularly since the nineteenth century Indigenous communities in the Arctic like the Inuit in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and Chukotka experienced long-lasting impacts on their livelihoods, well-being, cultures and languages as a result of the expansion of extractive industries and resource development in the circumpolar region.


Extractive and infrastructure industries received United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) Free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brandenburg University of TechnologyCottbusGermany

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