Janus and Manumina, young masters' students from Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland
IPY Projects Related to People
This page lists 30 major IPY projects that are related to People in the Polar regions.
International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences
ICASS VI occurred in Nuuk, Greenland 22 - 26 August, 2008. The theme was "Arctic Social Sciences: Prospects for the International Polar Year 2007-2008 Era and Beyond". The Conference website provides excellent links to abstracts and a solid overview of the breadth of social science and humanities research in IPY.
hosts a wide range of resources and projects about the Arctic, including
Association of Polar Early Career Scientists
International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry
EALÁT: Reindeer Herders Vulnerability Network Study
Association of World Reindeer Herders
RÁDJU -The Sami Research and Project Database
Antarctic Treaty Secretariat
The main purpose of the Antarctic Treaty, which was signed in 1959, is to ensure "in the interest of all mankind that Antarctica shall continue for ever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord." >
Antarctic Treaty Secretariat webpage
Inuit Circumpolar Council
The Inuit Circumpolar Council (???) is the international organization representing approximately 160.000 Inuit living in the Arctic regions of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Chukotka, Russia.
About Inuit Circumpolar Council
Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada) - Institution Building for Northern Russian Indigenous Peoples
RAIPON - Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East
RAIPON unites 41 indigenous groups whose total population is around 250,000 people. These people are represented by 34 regional and ethnic organizations that have the authority to represent these groups both in Russia and in the international community.
SLiCA: Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic
SLiCA, is an international joint effort of research and indigenous people to measure and understand living conditions in the Arctic. Indigenous peoples and researchers from the United States, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and the indigenous peoples of the Kola Peninsula and Chukotka in Russia have contributed to SLiCA. This SLiCA website is intended to promote the use and understanding of SLiCA data.
Stefansson Arctic Institute
The Stefansson Arctic Institute (SAI) was established in 1998 and operates under the auspices of the Icelandic Ministry for the Environment. The staff at the Stefansson Arctic Institute includes scientists with broad interdisciplinary research background and experience.
The SAI News page has many links, including the Arctic Human Development Report.
Arctic Peoples: Indigenous Peoples at the Arctic Council
The work within the Arctic Council is concentrated around continuous monitoring and larger assessments. These Arctic Peoples pages provide information on some of the Indigenous Peoples’ contribution to the areas of Climate Change, Human Development, Monitoring, and Persistent Toxics as well as videos and news.
Arctic Human Development Report
AHDR is the most comprehensive recent summary of the social/cultural/economic issues in the Arctic Regions. It's a nice and well illustrated book that can be accessed (and ordered)
Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
This ACIA assessment (2004 and 2005) has several extensive chapters on the social/human issues in the Arctic. A shorter popular version of 180-some pages may be recommended to the 'lay'
audience - see http://www.acia.uaf.edu/
International Conference of Arctic Research Planning (ICARP)
This is the final report from the ICARP-2 conference of 2005: Arctic Research: A Global Responsibility. A great document with nice coverage of many issues facing the Arctic regions, including several themes in the Social/human field.
Arctic Research: A Global Responsibility PDF
The Economy of the North
The objective of The Economy of the North is to present a comprehensive overview of the economy of the circumpolar Arctic, including the traditional production activities of the indigenous people. The report discusses the importance of the Arctic economy from a global perspective, with particular focus on the natural resources in the Arctic region. Finally, likely effects of climate change on the Arctic economy are discussed.
The recent reprint of William Barr, "The Expeditions of the First International Polar year, 1882-83" by the Arctic Institute of North America in Calgary (2008) is a great source of information on the history of IPY. It has been endorsed as one of the IPY Polar Books Series where you can also learn about photo books, children's books, and books about polar science. This Polar books
International Polar Year IV: Context and Promise, A Second-Year Undergraduate Course
This course on IPY to be taught by Amanda Graham at the Yukon College in Whitehorse, Canada is a great source on the history of this IPY and of various social/human aspects of the IPY process. See Course Announcement for more information.
Smithsonian Institute Arctic Studies Center
that is a great portal of knowledge on the Arctic people, particularly in Alaska and Siberia
This ARCTIC Contents page provides access to the more than 2500 articles that have been published in the Arctic Institute of North America’s peer-reviewed journal Arctic. Of particular IPY relevance are:
IPY 2007-08 and social/human sciences : an update / Hovelsrud, G.K. Krupnik, I.
Arctic, v. 59, no. 3, Sept. 2006, p. 341-348, ill. ASTIS record 59682
Social sciences and humanities in the International Polar Year 2007-2008 : an integrating mission / Krupnik, I. Bravo, M. Csonka, Y. Hovelsrud-Broda, G. Müller-Wille, L. Poppel, B. Schweitzer, P. Sörlin, S.
Arctic, v. 58, no. 1, Mar. 2005, p. 91-97, ill., 1 map ASTIS record 55929
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention:
Parkinson AJ, 2008: The International Polar Year, 2007–2008, an opportunity to focus on infectious diseases in Arctic regions. Emerg Infect Dis. 14(1).
Communicating traditional environmental knowledge: addressing the diversity of knowledge, audiences and media types
The Iowa Source
Canada's Inuit, Legendary Masters of the Arctic, Dec 07
The Earth Is Faster Now: Indigenous Observations of Arctic Environmental Change
A collection of papers published by Dyanna Jolly and Igor Krupnik, eds. 2002. ARCUS: Fairbanks, AK, Often listed as a good teaching source on climate change and indigenous people. The book can be ordered at http://www.arcus.org/store/ (at the very bottom of that page)
Windows to the Universe Educational Resources
Inuit Culture, Traditions, and History
Photo Album of Inuit Experience at the Turn of the Last Century
Inuit Culture in a Warming Arctic
Student Partners Project
Uniting Students, teachers, and scientists to explore the Arctic.
Student Partners Project webpage
Maybe Tomorrow, the People of Northwest Greenland, Scot Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, UK
Silavut: Inuit Voices in a Changing World, showing at the Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado, USA, until March 2009.
Many thanks to Lars Poort for the images on these pages.