Charitie Ropati - Advocate for Indigenous Students' Education
Charitie Ropati, a member of the Native Village of Kongiganak, is an advocate for Indigenous students’ education. She works to decolonize Western pedagogies in public education and address the dropout and graduation crisis of Indigenous students through Native-centric curricula. She attends Columbia University and was named a 2019 Center for Native American Youth Champion for Change. She is a research intern at the Geophysical Institute Permafrost Lab and the treasurer of Columbia University's Native American Council.
Darcy Peter - Research Assistant at Woodwell Climate Research Center
Darcy Peter supports the Woodwell Climate Research Center's Polaris Project. Her research primarily focuses on greenhouse gas emissions, permafrost thaw, and Arctic ecology. She is Gwich’in Athabascan from Beaver, Alaska, and grew up living a subsistence way of life: fishing, hunting, and trapping in Beaver. She received her B.S. from Fort Lewis College. Following her graduation in 2017, Peter worked for Alaska Native non-profits, in environmental science, policy, and social science. She has a broad understanding of Arctic policy, including tribe, city, corporate, state, academic, federal, non-profit, etc.
Alex Flaherty - Founder and Owner of Polar Outfitting
Alex Flaherty was raised in Grise Fiord, Nunavut. Alex, who grew up hunting and camping with his father and extended family, developed a passion for the outdoors at a young age. Following graduation from Arctic College’s Environmental Technology Program in 2008, Alex began a career in environmental conservation and sustainability. For almost a decade, he worked for the Government of Nunavut’s Division of Fisheries and Sealing, teaching Nunavummiut the land-based skills needed to hunt and fish in the Arctic. In 2017, Alex started Polar Outfitting, a company with 100% Inuit staff that provides Inuit and non-Inuit alike the opportunity to experience Canada’s Arctic through the lens of traditional Inuit knowledge. In 2019, Polar Outfitting was named the Top Aboriginal Business of the Year at the Arctic Indigenous Investment Conference and represented Nunavut at the New York Times Travel Show.
Seqininnguaq Poulsen - Indigenous Rights Activist and Artist
Seqininnguaq Poulsen (they/them) is a 19-year-old Indigenous rights activist and artist. Their work focuses on decolonization, mental health, culture revitalization and education. Their past work includes collaborations with Inuit Circumpolar Council, UN Youth Envoy, Twitter, Global Indigenous Youth Caucus and others. Seqininnguaq is very passionate about their culture as an Indigenous Inuk from Greenland and enjoys spending their free-time on practicing their Indigenous culture.
Liz Contreras - Ed.M Candidate, Harvard's Graduate School of Education
Liz is a graduate student at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. She is completing her Ed.M degree in the Human Development & Education Program.