Meaningful Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Marine Activities (MEMA) 

Meaningful Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Marine Activities (MEMA) is a cross-cutting oil & gas and shipping project which will compile and analyze existing documents and summarize their main aspects, principles, and processes for engagement of indigenous peoples and local communities.

The project will cover all Arctic marine and coastal activities, including shipping, offshore oil and gas activities, coastal infrastructure development, and research and management activities. The information to be compiled will come from Arctic Council documents and reports, national legal regimes and guidance of Arctic states, guidelines and declarations from communities and indigenous organizations, international instruments, and guidance from industry, NGO’s and other stakeholders.

Main activities include:
  • Finding and Compiling Information
  • Documenting Best Practices and Lessons Learned
  • Workshop on Best Practices and Lessons Learned
  • Narrative Report

Documents

pdf Part I Report - Annex 3: AC Indigenous Engagement Recommendations

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Annex3 Part I Report AC Indigenouus Engagement Recommendations 4-24-17.pdf

pdf Meaningful Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Communities in Marine Activities MEMA Part I Report

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pdf MEMA Annex 2 Phase 1 Analyses Report online

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MEMA Annex 2 Phase 1 Analyses Report online.pdf

pdf MEMA Annex 3 Phase 2 Analyses Report Online

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MEMA Annex 3 Phase 2 Analyses Report Online.pdf

pdf MEMA meeting background document Oct 18 2016

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MEMA meeting background document Oct 18 2016.pdf

pdf MEMA Workshop Report

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MEMA_Workshop_Report.pdf

pdf Meaningful Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Marine Activities (MEMA): Part II - Findings for Policy Makers

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Meaningful Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Marine Activities (MEMA): Part II - Findings for Policy Makers
Initially, the MEMA project team compiled an extensive database and held two workshops on the project. MEMA’s Part I report, published in May 2017, brought all the disparate Arctic Council recommendations and statements together in one place for the first time.

For this Part II report, the project team’s analysis focused on hundreds of documents related to the engagement of Indigenous peoples and local communities. These came from the Arctic Council, Indigenous peoples and local communities, industry and government.

Several non-endorsed analytical background documents and a workshop report supported the development of this Part II report, too. This report also features the wisdom of five guest authors who have much experience in meaningful engagement with Indigenous peoples and local communities. Their views and project proponent perspectives drive home the essence of building trust with community members and conducting meaningful engagement. The audience for this Part II report includes the Arctic Council, governments, Indigenous peoples and local communities, industry, non-governmental organizations and researchers.