This plenary session aims to incorporate Arctic Indigenous People into the work of UArctic. The theme of the panel discussion is “Education and training in the Arctic: Identifying education and training needs for Arctic Indigenous Peoples”. How UArctic can help to facilitate these mechanisms is the overall goal of this session.

The panel will discuss the following questions:
1. How is Arctic education shaping the life of local communities now and in the future?
2. How will traditional knowledge be a part of the academic world?
3. How will vocational education meet higher education in the Arctic?
4. In what capacity can UArctic help to offer or promote Indigenous degree programs?

The panel and the discussion are facilitated by the Chair of the Council of UArctic, Liisa Holmberg and the President of UArctic, Lars Kullerud.

The panellists are representing six Arctic Indigenous Peoples associations, the Permanent Participants of the Arctic Council:

  • Tiffany Jackson representing Aleut International Association (Administrator for the Qagan Tayagungin Tribe QTT)
  • Norma Ann Shorty representing Arctic Athabaskan Council (Independent Indigenous Researcher; Adjunct Instructor, University of Alaska Southeast and University of Regina)
  • Evon Peter representing Gwich'in Council International (Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education, University of Alaska Fairbanks)
  • Dalee Sambo Dorough representing Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC International Chair)
  • Nina Veisalova representing Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (1st Vice-President of RAIPON)
  • Ellen Inga Turi representing Saami Council (Head of Delegation to the Arctic Council, Head of Academic Administration at the Sami University of Applied Sciences)
  • Tukumminnguaq Olsen, representing Inuit Circumpolar Council Greenland