The Arctic Futures 2050 Conference was a time of reflection and growth. Many individual panelists recognized the need for indigenous knowledge incorporation into scientific investigation and research. Others would like to see indigenous knowledge guide all research and be held at a higher regard than scientific knowledge. Harmony and humility are virtues that have been successfully unitized in the past to bolster the relationship between bodies of knowledge.
Climate concerns were at the heart of the Arctic Futures 2050 conference with intersectorial relations on display for all to see. We observed scenarios wherein individuals representing corporations spoke to their understanding of how their respective corporations would react and what current plans are already in place. Researchers presented how predictive models of environmental conditions that have been shown in the past successful in predicting current conditions. Further exploration of the models incorporated human activity, notably how current choices and actions have the ability to positively impact our future. It can be difficult to look at the bleak outlook of current conditions, but this modelling presented a refreshing hope for the future generations.
This was also a time to network with individuals with vested interest in the arctic, with the aim of working toward a common goal: a healthy arctic future. As a SOI alumna, I was honoured to be a part of this great initiative. Educating youth on climate awareness, human actions and impacts is such important work. Students on Ice has an impeccable relationship with arctic residents and successfully mends relationships between arctic residents and researchers. This relationship is enviable by all bodies of research and indigenous populations. This Arctic Futures 2050 conference was an alternate format demonstration of current knowledge, it will be interesting to see if this method of moving forward is utilized in the future.