The 2019 UArctic Rectors Forum

The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a cooperative network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the North. UArctic builds and strengthens collective resources and collaborative infrastructure that enables member institutions to better serve their constituents and their regions. Through cooperation in education, research and outreach we enhance human capacity in the North, promote viable communities and sustainable economies, and forge global partnerships.

Leaders of associated institutions are invited to come to Trent University on August 19 - 21 to participate in the University of the Arctic Reactors Forum on the theme: Made in the Arctic.

Mary Simon, Trent University’s seventh Chancellor and Minister’s Special Representative on Arctic Leadership, said “we need to aim higher”. She was referring to the sense of urgency surrounding a generation of Arctic youth that are at risk of living with poor educational outcomes, an ongoing struggle with identity, and a diminished sense of self-worth. 

Many southern universities and post-secondary institutions have become increasingly interested in the North and in training the next generation of Northern scholars. Arctic states have developed new programs, policies, and opportunities for those interested in learning about the North, or living in the North. But there is also concern that a restructuring of many Northern communities’ education systems could damage culture, traditions, and languages of those who live there, in particular the region’s Indigenous peoples. 

What can consortiums like UArctic do to create discourse about educational shortfalls and to train the next generation of researchers, without contributing to the erosion of a ‘made in the North’ educational agenda? The 2019 Rectors' Forum will address:

  1. A Pan-Arctic Youth Engagement Session hosted in October 20, 2016 posed the question, “Why should there be a conflict between tradition and globalization? We shouldn’t have to compromise between the two. There is an interest to continue to thrive and strengthen our relationships with our language and culture.” UArctic has developed a number of educational programs, exchanges, and opportunities to support regional post-secondary education.
    How can these programs enriched and made more compatible with local community development needs?

  2. In training the next generation of Arctic scientists, and in supporting the ongoing development of scientific practice in the North, the role of Arctic communities and communities of Arctic learners will become increasingly important.
    What are best practices and benefits of integrating Indigenous knowledge, local and regional perspectives, science, and national policy development?

  3. How do we, as educators and researchers, build stronger collaboration among Arctic communities and ourselves in order to engage in true and meaningful partnerships leading to resilience, sustainability, and social and economic well-being of all Arctic peoples?

Participants in each panel will be encouraged to identify the scope of the challenge to Northern educational agendas in their own area of expertise, the ways in which Northern community needs have already been incorporated, and the possibility for new collaborative arrangements