My name is Chris-lin Beglaw, and I am an Indigenous Inuit woman from Whitehorse, Yukon. I am currently pursuing my studies at Yukon University, where my focus is on teacher education. My hopes are to integrate Indigenous knowledge into many parts of the current education system. I want to be able to help students get immersed in the culture.  

The goal of my recent trip, funded by the UArctic grant, was to attend the Arctic Congress held in Bodo, Norway. This event was particularly important to me as it provided a platform to engage with a diverse group of researchers and practitioners who are dedicated to the Arctic region. I was eager to join this conference to deepen my understanding of the various fields contributing to Arctic studies and to share my perspectives on Indigenous methodologies. It also broadened my scope on the path to achieve a PhD.

Receiving this grant had a significant impact on my academic and professional development. The experience of attending the conference was eye-opening. I had the opportunity to learn about the work of Arctic research and the multitude of disciplines involved. One of the most valuable aspects was interacting with individuals who showed both interest and disinterest in Indigenous methodologies. This challenged me to refine my communication skills, learning how to explain the importance and relevance of Indigenous perspectives to those unfamiliar with them. I also learned how to correct misconceptions and address sensitive issues appropriately. Networking with people from diverse backgrounds allowed me to gain insights into their work and the paths they have taken in their careers. This broadened my understanding of the various opportunities and challenges within the field of Arctic studies. Moreover, I acquired practical knowledge about securing funding and the importance of advocating for Indigenous voices in academic and policy discussions. Overall, the grant facilitated a transformative experience that has enriched my studies and provided me with valuable skills and connections. It has strengthened my resolve to continue advocating for the integration of Indigenous knowledge in Arctic research and has equipped me with the tools to pursue further opportunities in my field.

I am deeply grateful for the support provided by UArctic, which made this incredible experience possible. The conference not only expanded my academic horizons but also reinforced my commitment to contributing to the Arctic research community. I look forward to applying the lessons learned and the connections made to advance my studies and career. (c) Chris-lin Beglaw