North at Trent Lecture Series
Each year the School organizes a series of public talks on the “north” broadly defined. Building on Trent’s established role as a centre of innovation on northern research (and in combination with the Roberta Bondar Fellowship in Northern Studies) these lectures are a key feature of academic life at Trent.
North at Trent 2020 Lecture Series
More Than Just Franklin Stories: Inuit Oral History Beyond Canadian Mythology
Thursday 27 February, 3 p.m. Bagnani Hall, Catharine Parr Traill College
About the talk: The recent discovery of the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition has brought much attention to the Inuit community of Gjoa Haven/Uqshuqtuuq, and to the role of Inuit knowledge in locating the wrecks. This talk focuses on the role and relationship of local Inuit to the ongoing Franklin research. It examines how Inuit histories are represented in Canadian Arctic iconography and mythology, and locates these in the wider context of intergenerational knowledge sharing in present-day Nunavut.
About the speaker: Dr. Mark Stoller is the Roberta Bondar Fellow in Northern & Polar Studies
Locating Hope in a Melting Arctic
Thursday 12 March, 2020, 3 p.m., Bagnani Hall, Catharine Parr Traill College
About the talk: The speaker led a project for WWF international for eight years called "the Last Ice Area/Similijuaq". It focuses on a resilient area of sea ice, projected to be the last place where large areas of summer sea ice will persist under the current climate trajectory. This talk will chart the journey from despair over the disappearing sea ice in the Arctic to a conscious decision to turn the narrative into one of hope centred on the Similijuaq (place of the big ice). The presentation will show how this hopeful message was communicated and how it resonated with policy-makers and policy-shapers.
About the speaker: Clive Tesar Educator, policy advisor, communicator
Clive Tesar grew up and worked in the Northwest Territories and has worked all over the Canadian and circumpolar north. He was a journalist, radio host, and editor for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
He has led communications for Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat of the Arctic Council. He was also Head of Communications and External Relations for World Wildlife Fund’s Global Arctic Program for nine years, where he led the “Last Ice Area” project.
Clive is now an educator, lecturing in the Northern Studies Masters program at Carleton University. He has also designed courses for Trent University, and taught at Nunavut Sivuniksavut, a special program for Inuit students. He continues to consult for a variety of clients and was recently the drafter of the Arctic and Northern Policy Framework for the federal government. He has a Master’s degree in Environmental Education and Communication, and has published in several journals and Arctic Council reports.