Youth artists, researchers present for Arctic Science Summit Week

Canadian youth and artists joined Cardiff University for a day-long workshop on Race and Systemic Bias in Arctic Sciences during Arctic Science Summit Week 2023 in Vienna, Austria.

Indigenous youth artists, early career researchers and climate entrepreneurs are looking forward to showcasing their work during Arctic Science Summit Week in Vienna, Austria this February. A special day-long, hybrid workshop on Race and Systemic Bias in Arctic Sciences, hosted by the Austrian Polar Research Institute will connect researchers and students from Austria, the United Kingdom, Canada and beyond. 

“It’s a good chance for us youth to get more experience and involved,” said emerging Inuk youth artist and musician Tony Eetak. Eetak is a founding member of the @1860 Winnipeg incubator pilot since it launched in November 2021. 

Slide deck from our presentation at #ASSW23 in Vienna, Austria.

This year’s workshop built on the highly-successful 2021 Arctic Science Summit Week session “Towards an Inclusive Arctic Research Community.” The 2021 international conversations were held in partnership with institutions including Cardiff University, Université Laval, the UK British Antarctic Survey and the US Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) among many others for Arctic Science Summit Week, virtually from Lisbon, Portugal, on March 19, 2021. 

Inuk youth artist Tony Eetak volunteered with several community-based projects throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, Indigenous youth will be expanding their hybrid arts program to include exploring clean energy and climate entrepreneurship.

Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) is organized annually by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) to provide opportunities for coordination, cooperation and collaboration between scientific organizations involved in Arctic research. It was initiated by the IASC in 1999 and has evolved into the most important annual gathering of the international Arctic research organization. 

“We’re looking forward to continuing the conversations started back in 2021 with energy, and excitement,” said @1860 Winnipeg Arts coordinator Jamie Bell. “We’re very grateful to Cardiff University and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) organizers for the opportunity to learn and present as part of this year’s Arctic Science Summit Week in Vienna.” 

In 2021, a joint Canada-UK proposal for a Race and Systemic Bias in Arctic Sciences Crosscutting Workshop for Arctic Science Summit Week 2022 was awarded a total of 12,381 Euros from the IASC Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human, and Terrestrial Working Groups. 

A larger, follow-up workshop in Tromsø, Norway, originally set for 29-31 March 2022 was rescheduled due to the impacts of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions and international logistics.

As well, the Our People Our Climate project will be delivering an international workshop on visualizing climate change with the United Nations Environment Program and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design on March 7. For more information, visit the UNEP web site.

Watch the 2021 presentation during Arctic Science Summit Week 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The Race and Systemic Bias in Arctic Sciences workshop will now take place February 18, 2023 as part of Arctic Science Summit Week 2023 in Vienna, Austria with support from Cardiff University, the International Arctic Science Committee and the Austrian Polar Research Institute. 

For information on how you can register and take part, visit the IASC web site at :

Jamie Bell

A Winnipeg-based, interdisciplinary artist Jamie has worked with media and communications for almost three decades across multiple sectors including the Government of Nunavut, Department of National Defence, Algonquin College, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Nunavut Research Institute. A long-time advocate for community-based arts and research, Jamie’s work has focused on fostering stronger relationships through outreach and engagement. His previous work includes the SSHRC-funded Nanisiniq Arviat History Project and the ArcticNet-supported Inclusion in Northern Research project. Jamie is a founding member of the Arviat Film Society and Arviat Television with support from Isuma TV’s Digital Indigenous Democracy Project. In 2021, Jamie was one of the founding members for the Canada Council for the Arts and Manitoba Arts Council-funded Winnipeg Incubator for Digital Arts and Cultural Entrepreneurship. This project, supported by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design works with Indigenous emerging artists and cultural connectors from Nunavut, Northwestern Ontario, Minnesota and Manitoba.

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