Arctic News Roundup: 7-13 September

[Photo by Marc Lanteigne]

by Mingming Shi

1) As RÚV reported, the Diamond Circle of Iceland has opened. It is a tourism region in Northern Iceland which consists of a number of destinations, such as Goðafoss, Dettifoss and Lake Mývatn. The new tourist area is seen as an answer to more well-known Golden Circle in southern Iceland, which includes Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall.

2) The Arctic Council published an interview on the subject of wildfire management with two representatives, (Edward Alexander and Devlin Fernandes), from the Gwich’in Council International, a partner with the Council. In the light of more frequent wildfire incidents in the region in recent years, the two interviewees emphasised cross-border cooperation as essential in fire control, with knowledge gained by Indigenous peoples contributing to this work.

3) CBC reported on We Matter, a nationally registered organisation in Canada, which focuses on supporting Indigenous youth across the country. The group has been exploring new ways to prevent youth suicide among Indigenous peoples. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face-to-face communication is discouraged. However, the organization has been increasing the accessibility of online resources on mental health for the public.