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Greenland’s indigenous people and the race for resources

This is Greenland journalist Nuno Isbosethsen,currently visiting Bonn and photographed here on Greenland’s “national day”. She was taking part in a panel at the “Global Media Forum” on “Indigenous peoples and the race for resources”. She was telling us how difficult it is for indigenous people to have their say when it comes to exploiting the natural resources becoming increasingly accessible in a warming climate. We also had an interesting discussion about the problems of journalists working in a comparatively small community like Greenland, where everybody knows everybody else and it is easy for anyone who wants to pressure on journalists to publish or not publish something.
Some people are clearly concerned about the oil drilling taking place so far to the coast and the dangers of a possible oil spill. But at the same time the natural resources could provide valuable revenue for the islanders and a step further to independence from Denmark. It seems there is not much discussion of the risks in the Greenlandic media.
Meanwhile, that Greenpeace chief was arrested and is being deported. This has not been a big news story, or am I mistaken? Please correct me if I’m wrong.


June 21, 2011 | 3:50 pm