Transforming Health Care for Remote Communities

Please check out this forthcoming conference about Transforming Health Care for Remote Communities hosted by founder of the Network and former President
Kue Young in Edmonton on April 28-30, 2016. A website is being set up and more information will be added over time. Please visit


Nasivvik Centre Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

Dear Arctic colleagues,

The Nasivvik Centre is pleased to announce several funding opportunities currently open for applications. For more information, please follow the links to our Centre website.

1. Undergraduate Summer Student Research Award

2. Graduate Scholarships (MA, MSc, PhD)

3. Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

4. Complimentary Funding and Development Grant Initiative (CFDGI)

For questions, please feel free to contact the Centre staff at or (705) 748 1011 ext 7242.

Happy reading!

Nasivvik Centre staff

8th Circumpolar Agricultural Conference

Announcing the 8th Circumpolar Agriculture Conference and the University of the Arctic Inaugural Northern Food Summit

Alyeska Resort, Girdwood, Alaska
September 29th – October 3rd, 2013

Conference and Summit Theme: Advancing food security and sustainable agriculture in the circumpolar north; Building an integrated vision, creating a process for sustainable food security in northern communities.

Call for abstracts:

Interested parties are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentation at the 8th Circumpolar Agricultural Association Conference and University of the Arctic Inaugural Northern Food Summit. Abstract deadline has been extended to May 1st, 2013!

For more information, visit the conference website or download the flyer.

Seminar on circumpolar health systems

Approaching a collaborative research agenda for systems performance

March 26, 2013
8:30am – 2:30pm
Munk School of Global Affairs
Campbell Conference Centre
Toronto Canada

Hosted by:
Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Institute for Circumpolar Health Research

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Register for Seminar (Free) »

This seminar will engage researchers, health systems leaders, government and northern sectors involved in advancing health systems improvements in circumpolar regions.

Leaders in respective fields will be engaged and present their perspectives as they have approached and considered health systems challenges in their fields.

An audience of academics, health systems leaders and students will participate in discussions with the respective panels.

A jury of experts will be engaged so they may apply their knowledge and consider the seminar proceedings. The jury will summarize the day with a list of recommendations in response to the conference questions.

Conference questions:

  1. What are the existing health systems challenges and resulting priority areas for health systems research in circumpolar regions?
  2. What do we need from a scholary perspective to maximize uptake of data and evidence currently available?
  3. What are the best practices for health research partnerships that engage academic partners, community sectors, health authorities and governments?

Reflective jury confirmed:

  • Dr. Peter Bjerregaard, Professor of Arctic Health, Centre for Health Research in Greenland
  • Dr. Malcolm King, Director Institute for Aboriginal Peoples Health
  • Dr. Michael Jong, VP Medical Services, Labrador-Grenfell Health
  • Dr. Jeremy Veillard, VP Research and Analysis, Canadian Institute for Health Information
  • Additional confirmations pending

IK-ADAPT launched

The Inuit Traditional Knowledge for Adapting to the Health Effects of Climate Change project (IK-ADAPT) was launched in May 2012 by researchers at McGill University, the University of Guelph, Trent University, Mount Allison University, and the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research.

This research project is working in partnership with six arctic communities, including Ulukhaktok in the NWT. Working closely with Inuit across Canada, the project wants to see how Inuit traditional knowledge can help communities adapt to the health effects of climate change.

Two researchers spent several weeks this summer in Ulukhaktok to set community research priorities and discuss how the research can benefit the community.

The work may use social media and video to communicate across generations and across communities. It is hoped that lessons learned about how to integrate traditional knowledge into adaptation planning can be shared with other communities to strengthen community adaptation across the north.

For more information, contact the coordinator Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, or visit

Photo by Tristan Pearce

Inuit Circumpolar Cohort Workshop

Throughout the years, there has been a growing interest for an Inuit Circumpolar Cohort and follow-up among academia, policy-makers and communities. In June 2012 (11-13th) in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, a workshop entitled Inuit Health in Transition Study gathered stakeholders, collaborators and principal investigators of three health surveys carried out in Nunavik, Nunasiavut, Nunavut, Inuvialuit Settlement Region and Greenland (the surveys are (1) the 2004 Nunavik Cohort Study; (2) the International Polar Year (IPY) Adult Inuit Health Survey 2007 – 2008; and (3) the Inuit Health in Transition Greenland 2005-2010).

[frame src=”” width=”257″ height=”180″ lightbox=”on” title=”Figure 1″ align=”right”]During this workshop it was decided the creation, development and maintenance of the Inuit Circumpolar Cohort through a platform that will gather data from the three health surveys concerned. The main goal of this data platform is to facilitate cross-disciplinary data inventory in long-term and to ensure accessibility and sharing of data. The structure and mechanisms, the application and exports, as well as the different actors involved in this data platform are illustrated in Figure 1. The all-encompassing nature of the different components of the data platform reveals the integrative approach of the Inuit Circumpolar Cohort. A the very early stage of the operationalization this platform, challenges that touch all ethical and functional aspects of data management are faced; including security, storage, comparability level, access and responsibility, as well as how to respond to the ethical review and research requirements in each jurisdiction (such as licensing and approvals procedures). This platform can be seen as an iterative process of learning and adaptation with the involvement of new data and partners.

Internet links of the health surveys and associated main investigators:

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– Aline Philibert

PhD Summer School in Greenland

Health, Society and Environment in Relation to Large-Scale Industrial Projects

Nuuk, Greenland, 5-9 September 2013

A PhD Summer School will be held in association with the NUNA MED 2013 conference in Nuuk. The school will take “Health, Society and Environment in Relation to Large-Scale Industrial Projects” as its theme. Given the prospect of the growth of extractive industries in Greenland, we will seek to explore the consequences and implications for personal and community health and well- being, as well as the impacts of large-scale projects on society and environ- ment. Taking as a point of departure an iron ore mining project in the Nuuk Fjord as a case study (, we will consider and explore a range of issues in wider Greenlandic and circumpolar context.

The Summer School will include 2 days of lectures from leading Arctic scientists, together with workshops that explore the themes in depth. All students are then expected to participate in a parallel workshop during the three days of the NUNA MED conference, in which they will present aspects of their own PhD research. The Summer School is open to PhD students in health sciences and social sciences at any level in their programme and whose work relates to the themes of the school.


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  • Mark Nuttall, Henry Marshall Tory Chair, University of Alberta, Canada and Professor of Climate and Society, Ilisimatusarfik/University of Green- land and Greenland Climate Research Centre
  • Søren Rysgaard, Professor and Head, Greenland Climate Research Centre
  • Henning Sloth Pedersen, MD PhD, Queen Ingrid Health Care Center, Nuuk, Greenland
  • Sangita Sharma, Professor and Endowed Chair in Aboriginal and Global Health, Aboriginal and Global Health Group, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta.



Local organizing committee:

Greenland Institute for Health Research
Michael Lynge Pedersen MD PhD, Gert Mulvad MD,
Suzanne Møller Head of Institute for Nurse and Health Science, Steven Arnfjord PhD student, Tine Aagaard PhD student.

For further information:
Gert Mulvad,

For registration:
Suzanne Møller,

The language at the PhD summer school will be English.

NUNA MED 2013 is held from 7th to 9th September 2013 in Nuuk, Greenland. Nuna Med is a conference on medicine, health and wellbeing in Greenland and the Arctic Countries and is arranged every third year in Nuuk. The language at the NUNAMED conference will be parallel sessions in Greenlandic, Danish and English.

Registration for NUNA MED 2013 is mandatory for participation in the PhD summer school.

ICCH15 Reportback

The 15th International Congress on Circumpolar Health in Fairbanks, Alaska, August 2012.

The 15th tri-annual ICCH-conference was held in Fairbanks, Alaska this August. Many of the Network’s members were present, so bear with me for my interpretation, but generally the congress was (as every ICCH) a very important venue for dissemination and sharing of circumpolar health information, and also a very well organised and successfull congress. A little statistical information from an epidemiologist’ reading of abstract book and registration list: There were 536 registered participants from 13 countries with most from the USA (265) and fewest from New Zealand, Israel, Japan, and Cameroon (1 from each). There were 1 opening ceremony, 1 closing ceremony, 9 keynote talks, 15 featured topics, 4 featured films, 303 accepted abstracts, 59 concurrent oral sessions, 10 poster sessions, 21 affiliated meetings, 4 wellness walks, 5 sponsored breakfast buffets, 4 sponsored lunches, 1 welcome reception, 1 evening banquet, and 1 wheel ferry ride with the famous Alaskan singer Hobo Jim!

Focus of the ICCH congresses is health in circumpolar areas in its broadest sense. The congresses are organised by the International Union for Circumpolar Health, an international non-governmental organization, with members, adhering bodies, and affiliates throughout the circumpolar regions, and a local organising committee. The congresses welcome all interested and/or engaged in circumpolar health.

The next ICCH congress will take place in Oulu, Finland, 2015.

Please see the websites and The CHRN network will be notified when the ICCH16 website is on display.

Anders Koch, MD, PhD, MPH
Vice President, IUCH


New Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University

The Arctic is an area of great interest. Climate change, environment, oil and gas exploitation, security policies, ecological systems, and the social conditions of people are all of great importance. With the establishment of Arcum ­ Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University research will take an improved responsibility for meeting the challenges of a sustainable development vision.

The opening ceremony of Arcum took place in Umeå Wednesday December 12, with scientific lectures and policy presentations including the International Polar Year Programme Officer David Carlson, the prominent environment researcher Bob Corell, the distinguished health researcher Kue T. Young, the director at the Polar Research Secretariat Björn Dahlbäck, Sámi youth representative Ylva Maria Pavval, and researchers from Umeå University.

Additional events were arranged in connection to the opening ceremony: the international workshop Ageing & Arctic Change, the IASC workshop Between Discourses and Modernities: Histories and Methodologies of Arctic Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts, the establishment of a Swedish Association for Arctic Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, and an Arctic Human Development Report Town Hall Meeting.


Call for Abstracts: Arctic Yearbook 2013

Call for Abstracts (deadline): 15 February 2013 (250-400 words)

Draft papers (deadline): 15 June 2013 (4000-6000 words)

The Arctic Yearbook, which was launched in November 2012 is calling for abstracts for submissions to the 2013 edition.

The Arctic Yearbook is an international and peer-reviewed volume which focuses on issues of regional geopolitics and security, broadly defined. The Arctic Yearbook is a joint initiative of the Northern Research Forum (NRF) and the UArctic Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security.

This year’s theme is “The Arctic of Regions vs. the Globalized Arctic”. This theme is meant to evaluate the Arctic both as a collection of sub-regional forums and associations, such as the Northern Forum, the Barents Euro-Arctic Region, the Nordic Council, the Inuit Circumpolar Council and others, and how they affect larger processes of regionalization and Arctic politics; and the Arctic as a distinct actor in an increasingly globalized world.

Other topics of contemporary significance to circumpolar relations, geopolitics and security are also welcomed, including (but not limited

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  • Kirkenes II: 20 years of Barents Euro-Arctic cooperation
  • Appraisal of the Swedish Arctic Council chairmanship and thebKiruna Ministerial meeting
  • Expectations for the Canadian Arctic Council chairmanship
  • Regional cooperation in marine oil pollution preparedness and response
  • The Arctic Ocean Review and ecosystem-based management
  • The IMO Polar Code
  • Fisheries
  • Resource development and northern communities
  • Extractive industries, resource exploration and state/TNCs relations
  • Institutionalization of the Arctic Council
  • Regionalization of bilateral/multilateral military exercises


Abstracts should be 250-400 words and include author name(s), institutional affiliation and article title, to be submitted to heather.exner [at] usask [dot] ca.

The deadline for abstracts is February 15, 2013. Notice of acceptance will be provided on March 1, 2013. Articles must be submitted by June 15. Expected publication is November 2013.