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I think the natives must be told, 'the good old days' are gone forever. The continued unregulated killing of migratory barren-ground caribou will destroy the great herds within our life time. If the native peoples do not soon exercise restraint and limit their take of caribou; if they pursue in not accepting the facts that have been put before them; rebuilding of the caribou herds, if it is possible, will take decades. Future generations of Canadian natives may never know the pleasure of the caribou hunt! F.L. Miller 1983: 173

There is a common policy in most northern regions today, from Canada to Siberia, that local people and scientists must work together in order to manage Arctic landscapes. In the 1990s and the start of the twentyfirst century, 'co-management' has been a key word in the relationship between scientists and indigenous hunters of caribou. It is no secret that the political and in many cases the legal imperatives that encourage biologists and traditional hunters to work together makes an uneasy alliance. Several key articles (Bergerud 1988; Osherenko 1988; Freeman 1989) as well as chapters in this collection (Usher, Nagy, Sejersen) record difficulties in the purpose, paradigms and methods of this collaboration. To summarise an often-quoted critical reflection on the difference between scientific and traditional approaches to knowledge (Thomas and Schaefer 1991), scientific investigation is distinguished for being quantitative, predictable and based on verified information, while those using traditional knowledge favour qualitative, ethical or hearsay information.

I think the natives must be told, 'the good old days' are gone forever. The continued unregulated killing of migratory barren-ground caribou will destroy the great herds within our life time. If the native peoples do not soon exercise restraint an
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