• Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq

Call for Equitable Inclusion of Indigenous Peoples in Arctic Science




Today 228 Arctic researchers, including myself, sent a letter to the National Science Foundation for the just and equitable inclusion of Indigenous Peoples in Arctic research generally and in Foundation-wide initiatives such as Navigating the New Arctic specifically.


This letter follows a letter sent on March 19, 2020, by Melanie Bahnke, President, Kawerak Inc.; Vivian Korthuis, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Village Council Presidents; Amos Philemonoff, President, Aleut Community of St. Paul Island; and Mellisa Johnson, Executive Director, Bering Sea Elders Group, which recommended several specific and concrete steps for the Foundation to take concerning the Navigating the New Arctic initiative.


Leading this latest initiative were:

Henry P. Huntington, Ph.D., Huntington Consulting, Eagle River, Alaska

Andrew Mahoney, Ph.D., University of Alaska Fairbanks

Christopher Polashenski, Ph.D., Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory

Margaret Rudolf, Ph.D. student, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Download and read the Arctic Scientists' letter to NSF here:



NNA-scientists letter to NSF-January 202
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