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Wednesdays from 12:00–1:00 pm ET (in person at HKS and on Zoom)
Dates: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/27

Building resilience and addressing the rapidly transforming Arctic requires adaptive and innovative thinking. It requires collaboration, intersectionality, and empowered communities. Youth voices and intergenerational cooperation help communities better meet these challenges. Youth engagement benefits the youth by preparing them to lead and giving them a seat at the table but also benefits entire communities by expanding the range of perspectives, stretching out the time frame under consideration, and building in opportunities for leadership transfer. 

The importance of engaging the next generation has been recognized globally, but in practice youth engagement often falls short of meaningful. To get the most out of the human resources available, institutions need to improve how they engage and elevate youth voices. Indigenous youth leaders have unique knowledge and perspectives on the past, present, and future of life in the Arctic. This Study Group will offer an opportunity to discuss and develop connections among Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth leaders.

This study group will invite Indigenous youth leaders to share their experiences and expertise from life in the Arctic. Our six-seminar series will cover the topics of: 

  • September 15: An introduction to Indigenous youth engagement and resilience in the Arctic
  • September 22: Indigenous youth leadership in international organizations – Representation at the Arctic Council and beyond
  • September 29: Youth life and youth voices in Indigenous communities – A local perspective
  • October 6: Youth innovation in the Arctic – Examples from political organizations and beyond
  • October 13: Intergenerational collaboration in the Arctic – Building bridges between Indigenous youth and Elders
  • October 27: Wrap-up Session. Resolving Challenges - Findings & recommendations for youth engagement strategies and building Indigenous youth leadership capacity