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.
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 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
- 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.