Conversations North

Bringing people together in a spirit of discussion, Conversations North is a program of regular talks organized by UAlberta North. Faculty, community members, policy-makers and others concerned with northern and circumpolar-related matters present informal talks and information sessions, as well as share thoughts, ideas, and perspectives, on a range of issues relating to Northern research and Northern communities. We draw on our rich diversity of community of researchers from across campus and also use the opportunity to take advantage of the presence of visitors to the University of Alberta.

Upcoming Talks

February 6th - Indigenous Youth Hybrid Knowledge in the Canadian Western Arctic

Dr. Ken Caine - Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

In many Northern Indigenous communities, leaders responsible for addressing complex environmental issues often look to educated youth and the knowledge they bring while also drawing on Indigenous knowledge. In this presentation Dr Caine will reflect on findings from ongoing research with Indigenous youth in the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories. He explores the idea of hybrid knowledge as an in-between space and blurred distinction between Dene knowledge and western science, which provides new opportunities for engagement as well as tension arising from entangled worldviews


February 13th - Yukon Travel Narratives and the Politics of Mass Mountaineering for Canada's Centennial in 1967

Dr. PearlAnn Reichwein, Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

Dr. PearlAnn Reichwein explores travel narratives and commemoration in the politics of ascent during the 1967 Yukon Alpine Centennial Expedition. Organized by the Alpine Club of Canada, 300 mountaineers mobilized and tackled climbs in the St. Elias Mountains. The mass expedition left an imprint on maps, place names, and memories of Kluane as well as mountain sport, parks, and tourism.


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