An Indigenous approach to ocean planning and policy in the Bering Strait region of Alaska

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2018
Date published: 11/2018
Authors: Julie Raymond-Yakoubian, Raychelle Daniel
Journal title: Marine Policy
Volume: 97
Pages: 101 - 108
ISSN: 0308597X

Bringing western science and policy together with Traditional Knowledge and values from indigenous communities for ocean planning is lacking and a framework is needed. This article articulates indigenous perspectives about the ocean and a culturally appropriate methodology developed in the Bering Strait region for a visioning process that can be used to bridge western and indigenous value systems. Recommendations for an indigenous approach focused on inclusion, the examination of values, adequate representation, and Tribal direction in ocean planning and policy are made. This approach is needed to move forward on a path to achieving more equitable, sustainable and inclusive ocean planning for the future.

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