Created in 2018, Arctic Week is a week-long international conference that provides transdisciplinary approaches to climate and environmental changes in the Arctic. It aims to offer an overview of different challenges in the Arctic regions, as understood by Arctic peoples and researchers. Seeking to pursue the interdisciplinary approach to environmental and climate changes, the Arctic Week 2019, coordinated by Alexandra Lavrillier, Tanguy Sandré and Jean-Michel Huctin, was hosted from 9 to 13 December 2019 at the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (Paris), under the patronnage of the Ambassador for the Arctic and Antarctic, Ségolène Royal. The active participation of UVSQ’s Arctic students was crucial.
CREATING SYNERGIES BETWEEN THE SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
The idea of the Arctic Week is to create synergies between social and environmental scientists and between scientists and Arctic indigenous peoples while also engaging students and youth in these projects. It is also very important to hold public events and photography exhibitions in order to raise public awareness in France about Arctic climate change and biodiversity issues.
MAKING THE VOICES OF ARCTIC INDIGENOUS PEOPLE HEARD
The participation of Arctic indigenous peoples from Siberia, Northern Europe, Greenland, Alaska and Canada is crucial for the conference because they are frontline witnesses of the profound effects that global and climate changes are having on the environment: they want their knowledge and observations to be heard. Several scientific projects in the Arctic have proven the valuable input of indigenous knowledge systems: the latter should be fully involved in and recognised by the scientific community.
Mikael Pirak, Sami School in Jokkmokk (Sweden), and Sylvie Blangy, CEFE (France): “Inuit Sami Youth exchange program in Baker Lake Nunavut and Jokkmokk Sweden”.