Understanding the Many Faces of Human Security: Perspectives of Northern Indigenous Peoples addresses the different aspects of the human security challenges threatening Northern indigenous peoples. These peoples, whose unique, nature-based livelihoods maintain their identity, face difficulties linked to a changing natural and social environment. Their traditional worldviews are challenged as the world they have known for generations is literally melting away. The North experiences numerous pressures linked to rapid modernization, industrialization, demographic pressure and cultural changes. These threats are presented from various angles, such as indigenous understanding of security, governance, sustainability, livelihood practices, mining, nature-based resources and land use management, gender and the elderly. The focus groups of the book are the Ainu, Inuit, Nenets, Sámi and the Mongolian indigenous herders.
Kamrul Hossain, LLD (2007), University of Lapland, is an Associate Professor and Director of the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law at the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland. He has published extensively in high quality international journals.
Anna Petrétei is a PhD candidate at the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law at the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland. She is the author of several articles and book chapters concerning indigenous peoples’ rights.
Foreword; Preface; List of Abbreviations; List and Biography of Contributors;
Introduction: Indigenous peoples of the North and human security
Kamrul Hossain, J. Miguel Roncero Martin, Anna Petrétei, and Filip Holienčin;
Chapter 1 Indigenous Security Governance in the North: Structure and Promotional Tools
Chapter 2 Environment, Identity, Autonomy: Inuit Perspectives on Arctic Security
Chapter 3 The Narrated ’Other’ – Challenging Inuit Sustainability Through the European Discourse on the Seal Hunt
Chapter 4 Economic Security in the Canadian Arctic
Chapter 5 Threats to Human Security Imposed on the Ainu in Biratori, Hokkaido, Japan
Chapter 6 Is it Possible to Hear the Voices of Ainu Women? Silence and Empowerment
Chapter 7 The Common Threats to the Livelihood Security of the Nenets People
Chapter 8 The Security of the Sámi People
Chapter 9 Securing Sámi Livelihoods – Does Mining Undermine Traditional Ways of Living?
Chapter 10 ILO 169 and Securing of Sámi Rights to Lands, Nature-Based Livelihood, and Natural Resources
Chapter 11 Russian Sámi in Context of Indigenous Security
Chapter 12 Challenges to the Human Security of Elderly Sámi in Finnish and Swedish Lapland
Shahnaj Begum and Päivi Naskali;
Chapter 13 Human Security for Mongolian Herders: Evolving Risks and Opportunities
All scholars interested in the issues of indigenous peoples, cultural resilience, traditional livelihood practices, and anyone concerned with the specific human security challenges threatening Northern indigenous peoples.