Roza Laptander's "When we got reindeer, we moved to live to the tundra - The spoken and Silenced History of the Yamal Nenets"​ is based on the stories of the Nenets reindeer herders from the Yamal peninsula, Western Siberia. [original article from Arctic Centre - University of Lapland]







The second Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM2) took place in Berlin, Germany on the 25-26 October 2018. The main goal of the ASM2 is to further co-operation in arctic science, by addressing challenges and creating joint action. For full report click here.




Arctic Arts Summit 2019

Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Arctic Arts Summit 2019 - The Arctic as a Laboratory for sustainable art and cultural policy June 4 - 5, 2019, Rovaniemi, Finland.

The publication "Russian Laws on Indigenous Issues. Guarantees, Communities, Territories of Traditional Land Use: Translated and Commented" consists of translations of and commentaries on three federal laws on guarantees of the rights of indigenous small-numbered peoples, on indigenous communities, and on territories of tradi...


Starting April 11, 2016 in Kautokeino, Norway, this is a two week course in Biological Diversity in a Circumpolar Indigenous Perspective organized by the Sámi University College and the UArctic EALÁT Institute in cooperation with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. Application deadline: March 23.



The 5th International Forum The Arctic: Present and Future has been held on December 7-9 in Saint-Petersburg. The forum was held under the leadership of Interregional Public Organization Association of Polar Explorers President, the Russian Federation President’s Special Representative for international cooperation in the Arc...

Russian North Youth Forum

Fri, Dec 11, 2015
The Russian North Youth Forum of the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON) has been held on December 3-8, 2015. [Source, in Russian]


Gerald Anderson, UArctic's new Vice-President Indigenous from Memorial University of Newfoundland, is well-known throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada for his work with Aboriginal Peoples in the education sector.


On August, 14-16 the UNESCO Chair of Yugra State University, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia hosted the seminar “Construction of a chum - traditional housing of the Ob-Ugric peoples” organized together with the Youth organization of the Ob-Ugric peoples (MOOUN) within the project “Folk Workshop for Preserving and Promoting the Tradit...


The Polar Yakutia for the first time carried out research on the impact of changes in the native indigenous peoples habitats and the social and cultural situation on the indigenous peoples’ life.


The Singapore-Arctic Council Permanent Participants (AC PP) Cooperation Package offers full postgraduate scholarships for Arctic indigenous peoples for studying in Singapore. The scholarships are available for three Master's programs in public policy, public administration and maritime studies.

The unique international Master's in Sámi Journalism from an Indigenous Perspective at Sámi University College, Norway has attracted a lot of interest. To ensure that all who wish to participate can do so, SUC has decided to start the programme in January 2015 and extend the application period.

The 2014 edition of UArctic's annual magazine Shared Voices has been released and is now available for download. This year's theme poses the question 'Whose Arctic?' and features different perspectives on who has the right to speak for the region, who will benefit from its resources and development, and whose voices wil...


New website on Khanty

Wed, Mar 12, 2014
The indigenous Khanty community of The Bolshoi Yugan River in western Siberia is happy to announce that its website is up and running. It is a bilingual (Russian, English) content-rich site with text, photos and video. The website is available at: http://www.yaoun-yakh.ru (or http://yaoun-yakh.ru ) Stop by and visit!

The Tłı̨chǫ Government, the Government of the Northwest Territories and Canadian Polar Commission are co-hosting a multi-event symposium to advance the use of Traditional Knowledge in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories September 19 – 21, 2014

The Human Rights Centre of the United Nations mandated University for Peace (UPEACE-HRC) and Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) jointly conduct several professional e-learning courses throughout the year on diverse range of human rights issues. These six-week certificate courses are aimed at professionals working with t...

19th Inuit Studies Conference

Thu, Jan 16, 2014
In order to celebrate its 40th anniversary, Association Inuksiutiit Katimajiit Inc., in collaboration with Université Laval, is glad to invite you to the 19th edition of the biennial Inuit Studies Conference. It will be held in Quebec City, October 29 - November 1, 2014, the theme of the meeting being Qaumaniq: Enlightening K...

Three Sámi research positions available, deadline for application February 21st, 2014.Junior Researcher of Sámi research, 1 August 2014 – 31 July 2018, the call can be found here (FIN, SMI, SWE)Senior Researcher of Sámi research 1 August 2014 - 31 July 2019,  the call can be found here (FIN, SMI, SWE)Associate Professor, Sámi...




A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the UArctic Vice-President Indigenous was signed between Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN)  and the University of the Arctic during the Board of Governors meeting in Reykjavik on Oct 12th, 2013. President Lars Kullerud signed the MoU on behalf of UArctic and President Gary...

A UN indigenous rights investigator said Canada faces a "crisis" when it comes to the situation of the country's aboriginal peoples. James Anaya, the UN’s special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, said Tuesday that one in five aboriginal Canadians lives in a home in need of serious repairs, and the suicide rate...

In recent decades Saami research has gone to new directions and become more multivoiced. The aim of the Conference (25th-27th September 2013 Inari, Finland) is to chart this new multivoiced research and to find out at what point Saami studies are today and what are the main questions, new thoughts, and directions at the prese...

For the first time, over 70 sacred sites custodians, indigenous people's organizations, scientists, policy makers and members of civil society gathered in Finland to draft a joint Conference Declaration that states recommendations and guidelines for policy-making related to sacred sites in the Arctic and that calls for better...



UN-Habitat Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch, Housing Unit (www.unhabitat.org) works at the global level with issues related to indigenous peoples’ housing, indigenous peoples’ migration to urban areas and indigenous building knowledge. UN-Habitat is currently establishing a global network with professionals and univer...

From May 1, 2013, professor Patrik Lantto will assume the role of Director of the Centre for Sami Research (CeSam) – Vaartoe, at Umeå University, as his predecessor, professor Peter Sköld, will step down to focus solely on his role as Director of Arcum, the Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University. Lantto has worked at...

The Sami Parliament invites representatives of indigenous peoples worldwide to an international preparatory conference in Alta, Norway, 8-12 June 2013. Around 800 indigenous delegates and advisors, as well as various observers and representatives of the world’s media are expected in Alta in June 2013 to prepare for the UN Wor...

The University of Tromsø, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, has a vacant Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in Arctic Governance and Indigenous Innovation. The position is attached to the Centre for Sami Studies. See more in attachment.This is a fixed  term position for a period of three years. The main...

Jokkmokk Winter Conference on climate change, energy and sustainable development is an annual international forum for students, decision makers, entrepreneurs and opinion builders from Northern Europe, North America and Russia. The annual Jokkmokk Winter Conference 2013 report is available here. Also, more information availab...

At the 7th Congress of the Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation (RAIPON), held in Salekhard, Russia from March 27th to 30th, delegates elected Grigory Ledkov as the new President of the association. Also during the Congress, Pavel Sulyandziga was re-appointed as the First Vice-Pr...


This week Education Programs, Nunavut Arctic College, hosted Laila Nutti, Assistant Professor of Education at Sami University College, Norway.  During her stay, Laila, presented a lecture to faculty and students at Nunatta Campus, Iqaluit, and engaged in many activities. She visited: the Nunavut Teacher Education Program; Fin...


Call for Submissions for the 2nd International Indigenous Voices in Social Work Conference, " Indigenous Knowledges: Resurgence, Implementation and Collaboration," which takes place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada July 8-11, 2013.

Linda Pemik of Nunavut Arctic College organized a meeting of the VERDDE network during the recent Circumpolar Indigenous Education Conference hosted by the Nunavut Education Department and the Greenland Education Department in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada Nov 27-30, 2012. VERDDE is a UArctic Thematic Network that promotes and...


The Circumpolar Conference on Education for Indigenous People takes place November 26-30, 2012, Iqaluit. The conference is a partnership between the Government of Nunavut and the Government of Greenland. Jan Henry Keskitalo, UArctic's Vice-President Indigenous, will attend the conference. The conference also brings togethe...

UArctic President, UArctic VP Indigenous, rector Jelena Porsanger of Sámi University College, and staff members of UArctic International Office Pierre-André Forest and Pirkko Pulkkanen (in Manitoba for the UArctic Rectors' Forum), on Tuesday Nov 13 visited the University of Manitoba Extended Education and Aboriginal Focus...


UArctic Vice-President Indigenous Jan Henry Keskitalo is this week attending the Circumpolar Indigenous Pathways to Adulthood Cross-Site Workshop in Washington DC, organized by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Center of Alaska Native Health Research (CANHR). While in Washington, Keskitalo is also attending the 2...

Jan Henry Keskitalo, UArctic's Vice-President Indigenous, today delivered an opening address for the University of Lapland's new academic year. In his speech, Keskitalo focussed on the importance indigenous perspectives in higher education. He noted that the network of the University of the Arctic can be an important resource...

The UN Summit on Sustainable Development "Rio +20" was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from June 20-22, 2012. At the summit, world leaders met to discuss the problem of "green" economy, sustainable development and poverty eradication. Source: RAIPON

In her dissertation Master of Education and Master of Philosophy in Indigenous Studies at the University of Lapland, Erika Sarivaara examines the revival of the Sámi language carried out by people who do not match the Sámi definition. In addition, she examines their experiences of their position on the edge of Sámi cultur...

The United Nations mandated University for Peace Human Rights Centre is accepting applications for its annual field course entitled "Indigenous Peoples' Rights in the Field" that will take place from August 6 to August 12, 2012 in Costa Rica.

The Circumpolar Conference on Education for Indigenous People will be held in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada from November 26-30, 2012. Co-hosted by the Government of Greenland and the Government of Nunavut, this conference will bring together over 120 educators, researchers, aboriginal organization representatives, ministers and d...

After a long travel in both distance and mind, I am now back in Tromsø, Norway. Our destination was Kolymskoe North East of Sakha Republic Yakutia, and the purpose was the UArctic EALAT Institute Workshop dealing with global challenges and perspectives of reindeer herders in the region.

UArctic scholars and experts in the area of the role of indigenous knowledge systems in higher education and research today presented in a panel discussion at the International Polar Year conference in Montreal. Council Chair Jim McDonald and UArctic Vice-President Indigenous Affairs Jan Henry-Keskitalo were joined by Sami Ed...

UArctic's Vice-President Indigenous, Jan Henry Keskitalo, together with Council Chair Jim McDonald, Wilp Wilxo'oskwhl Nisga'a Institute's Deanna Nyce and Sami Education Institute's Liisa Holmberg will present in the session Indigenous Knowledge: From Understanding other ways of Knowing to Indigenous Participation in Research...

UArctic at IPY Montreal 2012

Fri, Apr 20, 2012
The University of the Arctic is once again well represented at the upcoming conference of the International Polar Year, taking place April 22-27, 2012 in Montreal, Canada. This year's IPY conference is being organized back-to-back with the Arctic Science Summit Week from April 19-22. UArctic's Mimir group and Research Office...

The international conference, "Tales from the North"  Cultural Centre Sajos organized in Inari from April 10th to 12th by the Institute for Northern Culture shows that the discussion on culture, tourism and business life is attractive for scientists, entrepreneurs and artists from around the world.

Gustaf Lind, Sweden's Arctic Ambassador has taken to Youtube to highlight Sweden's commitment to youth, and in particular the Arctic Council EALLIN project on reindeer herding youth organized by the Association of World Reindeer Herders and the International Center for Reindeer Husbandry which was just officially launched in...

The University of the Arctic (UArctic) today reached a new level of cooperation with the indigenous organizations that are permanent participants in the Arctic Council. By signing a Memorandum of Understanding with these organizations, UArctic formalizes and strengthens a long-standing relationship with these organizat...


With the establishment of the University of the Arctic in 2001, indigenous peoples of the Arctic were given a unique opportunity to contribute to a post-secondary education system that is designed by and for the people of the North. We must build on this momentum and achieve even more toward strengthening our collective resou...

Far in the North – 350 km north of Rovaniemi, to be exact – is where Inari is located. Yet, this is the place where you will find both the Sámi Education Institute and its rector Liisa Holmberg, who is also the Chair of the Council of UArctic. Between travels and a busy schedule, she luckily had time to meet to talk about her...

This article focuses on our experiences of the early years of UArctic. We participated in central but different roles in the network: one as an institutional representative and a member of the Interim Council, continuing after the inauguration, and also serving in the Membership Committee; and the other as a member of the Boa...