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4. RESPECT AND INVOLVE THE LOCAL COMMUNITY


The preservation and respect of local cultures and traditions are important. Indigenous people’s lifestyles and values will set the limits and guidelines for tourism development. Quality Arctic tourism depends on the active support from and the provision of benefits to indigenous people. Tourism should not impact the lifestyle of indigenous peoples or their communities unless they decide so. The building of networks between different stakeholders, tourism operators and indigenous peoples in the region is highly encouraged. This principle stands for communication, coordination with and respect for indigenous peoples and local communities.

  • Communication.
    To debrief the season activities with local/indigenous groups within the community is one way to respect and involve the inhabitants. Communication between tourism operators, indigenous people, locals and stakeholders will avoid conflicts.
  • Coordination.
    Coordination between tour operators and communities in local/cultural events helps enhance the participation of indigenous people. Coordination with communities encourages locals to welcome the visits by tourists, as they will be expected and not disruptive. Allow indigenous people to be involved in all tourism operations and, if needed, assist indigenous peoples in the development of skills necessary for tourism activities to be successful.
  • Code of Ethics is in use for the company and their guests.
    Work according to a Code of Ethics and inform your customers about this as well. This will ensure that community attitudes, cultural values and concerns, including indigenous customs and beliefs, are taken into account when planning tourism-related projects.
  • Respect the sensitivity, rights and wishes of indigenous people.
    Provide opportunities for indigenous people to celebrate their cultural traditions in peace. Ensure that clients respect spiritual sites, churches, cemeteries and other sites with spiritual, historical or cultural significance, and that they do not remove any artefacts.
  • Tour guides should be well versed and respectful of indigenous cultures and environments.
    Accuracy and authenticity in the presentation of genuine local culture and products can be achieved through cooperation with indigenous people.
  • Respect historic and scientific sites.
    Archaeological, historic, prehistoric and scientific sites and remains are important to local heritage as well as to science. Respect the value of the sites and remains and ensure their protection.
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