The University of the Arctic International Secretariat has hired Elizabeth Zarpa as the Communications Assistant. Throughout the duration of her internship she will work alongside Riitta Aikio, Outi Snellman, Scott Forrest and others directly linked with University of the Arctic (UArctic).

Born and raised in Happy Valley – Goose Bay, Labrador she has grown up close to nature. With a population of approx. 10, 000 the community she calls home has similar climate and vegetation to Rovaniemi, Finland, where her internship will be for 6 months.

Once graduated from high school and college in Happy Valley her desire to pursue a higher education brought her to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she will be graduating with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Development in 2011.

For three consecutive summers her work experience involved working with National Canadian Inuit Organizations such as Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK). Focused upon injury prevention and the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement her knowledge of Indigenous Canadian priorities is deep.

Elizabeth provides a perspective from academic and personal experiences that will continue to grow as she pursues this opportunity with UArctic! It is a pleasure to welcome this young Inuit woman from Labrador!
Phone: +358 040 484 4463
Fax: +358 16 341 4222

UArctic International Secretariat
Box 122, FI-96101 Rovaniemi, Finland