The mapping will facilitate intraand international comparisons of the level of the living conditions in a number of dimensions; (4) to improve the basis for decision making in relation to policy planning and implementation; (5) to establish an interdisciplinary network of researchers and research institutions engaged in studying Arctic living conditions; and (6) to educate and involve postdocs, PhD candidates, and undergraduates under the SLICA project.
SLICA employs a hybrid of structured survey and ethnographic techniques to interview a random sample of approximately 23000 indigenous people in 13 Arctic regions and some 250 communities in the seven countries.
By 1997, Birger Poppel (Chief Statistician, Statistics Greenland) and Thomas Andersen (Project Manager of SLICA, Statistics Greenland) had consulted with researchers, indigenous organizations, and governments in Canada, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the United States, and Russia about the idea of launching an international study of living conditions in the Arctic.
At the first SLICA meeting in Denmark, in 1998, mentioned above, it was discussed how best to define and measure living conditions in the Arctic (McDougall, 1998).
Since the first SLICA meeting in Denmark, members of the international board have met in Ottawa, Rovaniemi, Washington D.
On 1 October 2001, SLICA completed Phase 1, which included the development and pilot testing of a new research design for living-conditions research among Inuit and Saami peoples in the Arctic.
The SLICA country co-ordinators are Professor Jens- Ivar Neergard, University of Tromso, Norway; Professor Hugh Beach, University of Uppsala, Sweden; Professor Eline Helander, University of Lappland, Finland; Project Manager Thomas Andersen, Statistics Greenland, Greenland; Professor Gerard Duhaime, Universite Laval, Canada; Professor Emeritus Jack Kruse, University of Anchorage, United States; Larissa Abruitina, M.