Vox Pops - Inclusion in Northern Research:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 to 12:15 PM EST on the Conference Platform

Our community of Northern research is diverse: it includes people from the North and the South, involves workers and scientists from communities, government and academia as well as stakeholders and knowledge-holders from across the Arctic Circle. Many different journeys led our members to where they are today, contributing to the richness of our community. Vox Pop videos were created to share the diverse journeys experienced by people with regards to their involvement in northern research. These interactive conversations are proposed in the context of the Arctic Change 2020 meeting. With the challenges associated with social distancing during the COVID-19 epidemic, and our collective rallying to the #BlackLivesMatter and #IndigenousLivesMatter movements, we feel it is important now, more than ever, to come together and uplift members of our community.  To learn more on Vox Pop, drop by the Inclusion in Northern Research website: http://northerninclusion.ca/

Tribute to Louis Fortier – Founder of ArcticNet and Pillar of Arctic Science

Thursday from 11:45 to 12:00 PM EST during the Plenary

A short video will be screened after the December 10th plenary, honouring the work of Louis Fortier, Founder of ArcticNet. The Arctic research community lost a pillar and visionary on October 4th 2020. His dedication and conviction of the urgency of climate change made him a stellar advocate for environmental sciences and a world-leading ambassador on the role science must play in the development of policy and adaptation strategies. This video expresses our gratitude and is a testament to his extraordinary contributions, boundless vision, and inspiring energy.

Sewing Circle

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 PM EST accessed via the conference Platform

The Inuvialuit Regional Corporations sits with elders and youth to promote the transfer of knowledge via the sewing experience. Join in to unwind, relax, regroup, and network with people from around the world who share an interest for this traditional art form. Participants can discuss their sewing journey: where did they learn to sew, do they sew for hobby and/or income, as well as demonstrate their technique and “savoir faire”!

Overview on COVID-19 effects on ArcticNet research and field work

Wednesday from 9:15 to 10:15 AM EST

COVID-19 took the world by force in early 2020, just as plans for Arctic field activities were solidifying.  It quickly became clear that research in the North would not be business-as-usual in 2020. With territorial and provincial travel restrictions, university moratoriums on field work, and physical distancing requirements, the prospect of conventional data collection quickly diminished.  Although disappointing for many, limitations and prohibitions on field research were necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to remote northern communities.  COVID-19 has posed major obstacles to continuity of long-term programs, time-sensitive data collection, funding deliverables, and maintaining relationships.  However, Arctic research is unpredictable by nature, and despite the unforeseen constraints imposed by a global pandemic many northern research groups were able to adapt and thrive. To get a better understanding of the pervasive effects of COVID-19 on northern research, we reached out to stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds to participate in a video interview compilation.   Here, you will hear from students, professors, government scientists, northern residents as well as Indigenous research partners about the challenges, successes, and lessons that can be learned from this unprecedented event.


Short Films from Wapikoni Mobil

Available for viewing on demand for the duration of the conference via the conference Platform

Founded in 2004, Wapikoni Mobile is an indigenous organization that fosters artistic creation and excellence to serve the narrative sovereignty of Nations. Its mobile intervention, training and audiovisual creation studios travel across the country to meet indigenous communities. Its mission is to amplify the voices of youth through short films and music, to disseminate these works across Canada and around the world, and to provide a tool for professional development and social transformation. Since its inception, thousands of Wapikoni participants from 36 nations have participated in the production of more than 1300 short films translated into several languages and have received numerous awards and mentions at national and international festivals. Wapikoni is a non-profit and charitable organization supported by many public and private partners. Since 2017, Wapikoni is also an official UNESCO partner.


Short documentary Pandemic At the End of the World

Available for viewing on demand for the duration of the conference via the conference Platform

The National Film Board of Canada in collaboration with NahHO Productions presents a new film entitled Pandemic At the End of the World. This short documentary honours the resilience of the Inuit people in times of crisis. The COVID pandemic strikes a tragically familiar chord for the Inuvialuit people of the Mackenzie River Delta. In the early 19th century, John Franklin and his crew infected their ancestors with deadly smallpox. Other devastating epidemics would follow. Historian Randal Pokiak returns to the ancient site of Kitigaaruk, a community abandoned after the great flu epidemic of 1918, to deliver a vivid cautionary tale.