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Thursday, November 8 • 11:15am - 12:00pm
(45 min) Supporting the next generation of northern scientists / Appuyer la prochaine génération de scientifiques dans le Nord

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Organized by: Polar Knowledge Canada, Jennifer Sokol

The planet is changing rapidly and nowhere more so than in the Arctic, where a warming climate is already bringing a multitude of environmental, social and economic consequences. This is raising a lot of questions about what the future is going to look like, how to prepare and the type of research and knowledge necessary to address these changes.   This panel will discuss opportunities to grow the base of northern scientists, including Indigenous researchers, across the North. Too often, northerners are participants within Arctic science but not recognized as knowledge holders and researchers themselves. Despite a renewed focus on Indigenous Knowledge systems, few Indigenous researchers are being acknowledged and accredited for their contributions. Northern-based educational institutions and universities that use pedagogical approaches in line with the cultural contexts of the north could help increase the number of northern researchers. During this panel, we will hear from a diverse range of voices including educators, northern youth, and institutions; all working to engage northern Indigenous communities in research.
Hosted by Polar Knowledge Canada, the panel will discuss questions including the following: what tools and support systems are needed to encourage northern youth towards research careers? How can we better reflect Indigenous knowledge and approaches in research? What barriers do northern students face in entering a science career and higher education? What kinds of policy, programming, and coordination are needed to address these barriers, improve northern self- determination in research, and northern research capacity?

Polar Knowledge Canada's mission is to advance Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic and other circumpolar regions including the Antarctic, and strengthen Canadian leadership in polar science and technology, while promoting the development and distribution of knowledge, across the north.

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Jennifer Sokol

Senior Policy Advisor, Polar Knowledge Canada

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Joanna Laskey

Director, Pilimmaksaivik (Federal Centre of Excellence, Inuit Employment in Nunavut)
Joanna Laskey is the Director of a new whole-of-government federal office based in Iqaluit, Nunavut: Pilimmaksaivik (Federal Centre of Excellence for Inuit Employment in Nunavut). Pilimmaksaivik is an Inuktitut word chosen by federal Inuit employees, translating roughly to ‘a place... Read More →
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David Silas

First Nations Engagement Advisor, Yukon College
David Silas is from a small un-incorporated First Nation community of Pelly Crossing and is located in central Yukon Territory; David is a member of the Wolf Clan and a part of the Selkirk First Nation. He is a from the Northern Tutchone language group. David has recently finished... Read More →
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Kelsey Wrightson

Director of Policy and Programming, Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning
Dr. Kelsey Wrightson is the Director of Policy and Programming at the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning. Kelsey grew up in Edmonton Alberta, and completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia in 2015. She held a post-doctoral position at Queen’s University in the... Read More →
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Krista Zawadski

Curator of Inuit Art, Department of Culture and Heritage, Government of Nunavut

Thursday November 8, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm EST
Delta Ottawa - Chaudière