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Respecting our neighbours
The Arctic is home to around 400,000 native peoples who have close ties with the land, sea and wildlife. We recognise the importance of listening to these communities before moving ahead carefully with our activities.
Many indigenous communities live in the Arctic and rely on its wildlife for their livelihood. We are learning from these communities and working to address their concerns and provide them with opportunities.
Benefit of knowledge
Traditional ecological knowledge can contribute valuable insights and provide an early warning system for potential environmental problems. We use indigenous expertise on, for example, migratory patterns, ice movement and weather in our studies and operations. This can help us to protect wildlife and to operate safely.
Traditional way of life
Inuit hunters watch their huskies crossing new tidal ice in north-west Greenland.
We work with subsistence cultures across the world. In Alaska, for example we are working closely with the communities near to our development in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.
The seas provide food to the people living on Alaska’s North Slope. Since we re-entered the area in 2005 we have engaged regularly with local communities to better understand their concerns and to share benefits from our operations.
Our operations create direct and generate business for local people. We also recruit indigenous people for projects that affect them, to help foster healthy community relations and maintain diversity in the workforce. Shell Canada, for example, that has increased the number of indigenous people employed in the company.
Buying goods and services from local suppliers helps to develop the communities in which we operate. In Alaska, for example, Shell has employed local people and used local businesses to provide services such as oil spill response operations and manning communications centres.