Climate Change Adaptation

Adapting to our environment has been part of our culture. It is what makes the Iñupiat survive and thrive in the Arctic. On a global level, adaptation to climate change has become a larger concern. The effects of climate change could impact biological and societal environments. The Iñupiat will continue to adapt to their surroundings and engage with organizations on this issue. Locally, the North Slope Borough has begun funding and writing climate change strategies.

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Resource Development

Since the 1970s, oil and gas development has provided the economic life blood of our region. Through its property tax on oil and gas organizations, the North Slope Borough has been able to build infrastructure and provide services to the local residents and communities. Also, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) and all the Village Corporations have received some economic benefits from resource development allowing for improved employment and education opportunities.

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High Arctic Industry Best Practices

Infrastructure

The North Slope organizations and the services they provide are vital to empower, sustain, and improve our residents’ living conditions. Infrastructure creates economic development, jobs, enhances safety, and improves local communities. Nevertheless, developing infrastructure takes time and planning amongst organizations.

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Healthy Homes & Indoor Air Quality

Our homes are where we sleep, where we eat nikipiaq, and where we spend time with loved ones. Healthy homes are the root of a healthy vibrant community. However, rural Alaska Native children have some of the highest rates of hospitalization for respiratory diseases in the world. One contributing factor to this epidemic is poor indoor air quality in their home environments; smoke, road dust, and mold and moisture intrusion can all have a negative impact on respiratory health, and put children at a high risk of chronic illness. Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat aims to pass along knowledge and tools you can use to create a healthy home environment by improving indoor air quality and minimizing indoor air pollutants.

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HOUSING

Availability and high quality housing in the North Slope is important to the well-being and health of families. In order to have a vibrant community, homes must be affordable, Arctic designed and functional for families to have a safe environment. Yet, North Slope houses are often overcrowded. Housing is a complex problem due to a combination of factors including land ownership, availability, affordability, and overcrowded conditions. Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat provides knowledge and tools you can use to understand the North Slope housing environment.

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Subsistence

The land and marine animals are the foundation of Iñupiat life. A subsistence lifestyle links Iñupiat cultural values, traditions, identity, and language together. In addition to connecting cultural practices, an Iñupiat subsistence way of life provides nourishment for our people. Protecting subsistence resources and maintaining the lifestyle is vital to continuing an Iñupiat way of life for future generations. VOICE intends to pass along information you can use to understand the regions subsistence resources and their co-management organizations.

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Economy

Understanding how our region creates, exchanges, and uses various goods and services is valuable for making decisions in everyday life. For the North Slope economy, oil and gas exploration, prices, and production are vital for creating jobs and generating tax revenue to help fund North Slope Borough essential services. Through economic growth we can improve our quality of life and productivity. However, oil and gas prices and production have lowered since 2015. Through our Iñupiaq values, we will continue to adapt to our economic environment to ensure our daily life is healthy. Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat aims to pass along knowledge and tools you can use to adjust to the economy.

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COST OF LIVING 

Maintaining a good standard of living is essential for a healthy community. In the North Slope, our Iñupiat values of cooperation, subsistence hunting, family and kinship, and sharing create a mixed economy. Our mixed economy incorporates both traditional subsistence and cash economies to help alleviate higher costs of goods and services that we experience in the North Slope region. In addition to expensive food costs, high transportation costs, high unemployment rate, and the high cost of fuel required to engage in subsistence activities makes it difficult for a household’s ability to buy enough food to feed their families. This page means to pass along statistics and tools you can apply to understand the North Slope economy. For more information, please visit the following web links.

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Unity

At a community and regional level, being united as a whole is integral to solving concerns as a group. Being unified allows individuals to bond with one another, improve relations, and understand our diverse knowledge within our region. Socially, joining together in Iñupiat traditions and working to improve cultural issues such as revitalizing our Iñupiaq language creates community and continues our Iñupiat lifestyle. Applying our Iñupiat values of avoiding conflict, cooperation, humor, and respecting one another will ensure we can unite together to solve our local and regional concerns. VOICE is passing along information you can use to understand Iñupiat matters and what is being done to solve them.

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Arctic Policy

Policy is a predetermined plan that is established to provide a guide toward acknowledged strategies and goals. It is through our purpose and goals that we will continue to work towards our vision of improving the cultural and economic sustainability of our communities. Policies that protect Iñupiat culture, improve unity, ensure sustainable economic development, and promote Iñupiat stewardship are essential to us. Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat aims to pass along knowledge on Arctic and Inuit policies that affect the Iñupiat.

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Culture, Education & Research

Our Iñupiat traditions, values, and Iñupiaq language enhances our quality of life and improves our well-being at a community and individual level. The Iñupiat culture provides us with important social and subsistence benefits as well, which allows us to come together amongst ourselves and others to increase tolerance and opportunities. Through our Iñupiaq language, food, music and arts, we will continue to be united and practice our way of life. As our responsibility to the region, Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat aims to pass along information and tools you can use to create a healthy Iñupiat environment.

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Grants & Assistance

The State of Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs (DCRA) Grants Section is responsible for administering a variety of state and federal grant programs. Responsibilities include a range of tasks related to disbursement of grant funds to Alaskan communities. Services are provided to municipalities, tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, state agencies and other entities.

A new grants database was implemented to meet the needs of Alaska communities while providing information to state agencies, policy makers and the general public. The eGrants database is used to track and manage grants, and can be found at https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/dcra/egrantsonline/

State of Alaska

Division of Community & Regional Affairs

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Division of Forestry

Department of Education & Early Development

Department of Health & Social Services

Division of Behavioral Health

Senior & Disability Services

Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Department of Environmental Conservation

 

Sample assessment tools from the State of Alaska:

 

Federal Government

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Transportation

National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 

Sample grant assessment tools from the Federal government: