Community Art-based Sustainability in the Arctic led by Ilisimatusarfik and linked to the UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Sustainable Art and Design and the UArctic Thematic Network on Children in the Arctic – Traditional Knowledge and Sustainable Development.
Community Art-based Sustainability in the Arctic is a two-year (2023-2025) development project. Four Arctic universities will participate in the project to make a shared, touring exhibition of art and sustainability in the Arctic, make a film on the project, do research, and disseminate the acquired knowledge through conference papers, university teaching and learning, articles, and a book. The project will build continuous cooperation between the universities, local communities, Indigenous and multi-cultural organizations, and the civil society. Through a website, a digital platform for cooperation, papers and key notes at conferences, university classes, the media, and exhibitions, we will disseminate the artwork and the research results throughout the Arctic. Furthermore, it will expand and sustain the cross-Arctic networking of the UArctic Thematic Networks: Arctic Sustainable Art and Design and Children in the Arctic – Traditional Knowledge and Sustainable Development.
Strengthening circumpolar network in Arctic health research through mentorship, education and research activities led by SDU and linked to Thematic Network on Health and Well-being in the Arctic
Project partners: National Institute for Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Greenland Center for Health Research, Ilisimatusarfik – University of Greenland, University of Oulu, Umeå University, Sámi allaskuvla / Sámi University of Applied Sciences, Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, University of Alberta, University of Alaska Anchorage, Institute for Circumpolar Health Research, International Union for Circumpolar Health, McMaster University
The Circumpolar Health Research Network Board is a Pan Arctic Board responsible for publishing the International Journal for Circumpolar Health. The UArctic Thematic Network on Health and Well-being in the Arctic (TN) is a strong network with officially 50 members and with annual activities. However, we would like to strengthen the thematic network for Health and Well-being by creating more opportunities for collaboration within the Network. We propose to host yearly networking meetings for TN-members, leading health researchers in Arctic research and relevant non-UArctic partners beginning this Fall. Subsequently the yearly meetings will be held in connection with Arctic conferences with a health component. The meetings will serve as a platform to set overall priorities and strengthen collaboration in Circumpolar health research. Furthermore, we will work to create more opportunities for young researchers and Indigenous scholarship by launching a mentorship program with opportunities for internships, knowledge exchange and collaboration with experienced researchers in Circumpolar health and education. Finally, we would like to support the ongoing work in the Circumpolar Maternal and Child Health group (group within our TN) by ensuring the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge holders in future online activities.
The first thousand days of Inuit children in the Arctic: a collaboration on the study of parenting program and risk assessment in maternal healthcare led by University of Greenland and linked to the Thematic Network on Health and Well-being in the Arctic
Project partners: Ilisimatusarfik – University of Greenland, Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, University of Southern Denmark, Agency for Social Affairs, Queen Ingrid Hospital, Queen Ingrid Health Center
The first thousand days of a child’s life, from conception until the child is two years old, are critical for the foundation for good health and development for the child later on. This project informs the sustainability and revitalization of values based and culturally informed maternal and child health and well-being programs in circumpolar regions. We aim to build collaboration between Nunavut and Greenland in research and in practice but are also open for other circumpolar regions to join. The collaboration will focus on the first thousand days of Inuit children in the Arctic, where we specifically will compare parenting programs and risk assessment in maternal healthcare. The project is part of the Circumpolar Maternal and Child Health working group under the Thematic Network of Health and Well-being in the Arctic.
UArctic wishes success to the projects and looks forward to hearing more when their work has kicked off!