Day 4 & 5: SOI Alumni at the Arctic Circle Assembly

Day 4

Wrap up & Debrief

The last morning check-in at Harpa Hall on Day 4 before the end of the Arctic Circle Assembly.


Each morning the delegation gathered together to set and develop learning goals for the day, and find ways to support each other in working towards those goals.

Some of the sessions that SOI alumni attended on the final day included 21st-Century Infrastructure for the North American Arctic; Release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC: From Arctic Impacts to Global Response; The Value of Arctic Marine Ecosystem Service; and the The Voice of the Youth at the Arctic Circle 2018. 


Inuit from across Kallalit Nunaat, Inuit Nunangat, and Alaska held an impromptu gathering to collect ideas for how Inuit can be better represented at Arctic Circle next year. Suggestions included Inuit Storytelling sessions, hosting an Inuit Night reception, integrating Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit traditional knowledge) with Western science, and having more Inuit representation across all panels and sessions throughout the assembly. Several members of our alumni delegation contributed to the gathering, and we are excited to see an increased Inuit presence at Arctic Circle in the future! 

<<Delegates Paloma, Will, and Aurora. // The last dinner together in the old harbourfront.


Developing a Question Circle to prepare for the evening’s debrief session. The delegation spent the evening processing what each of them learned at the conference, about themselves, each other, and current Arctic issues.


The delegation spent the evening unpacking and discussing what they learned over the previous 4 days. They identified lessons learned, areas to grow, and ideas to build their professional and personal foundations moving forward from this experience.

Will, Paloma, and Kristine add what they learned, and what helped them to grow throughout this process, to the Learning Tree.





Discussions in the final debrief were wide ranging, and touched on

  • why people are tuning out the climate change conversations;
  • how does Iceland fit into the dialogue surrounding environmental and Arctic policy as the only circumpolar country with no Indigenous community;
  • how physical space impacts learning;
  • the value of listening and the importance of listening to listen;
  • similarities and differences between Indigenous peoples throughout the Circumpolar Arctic;
  • sustainability & business in the Arctic;
  • how youth are perceived in spaces like the Arctic Circle Assembly;
  • developing networking skills is hard but rewarding



Day 5

So what, now what?


Day 5 saw the delegation pulling the pieces of their experience together, and assembling them into action plans to take back to their communities.

The morning was a time for turning inwards, and asking “Now that we have had this learning experience, what do we do to harness this energy and ‘rekindling of expedition inspiration’?”

With lots of new knowledge, great connections, and big ideas, our delegation heads home with heads and hearts full of readiness to inspire change in their communities around the world.


Thank you so much to Polar Knowledge Canada for the generous donation that helped make this delegation possible.

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