Icelandic Arctic Talks: Current Challenges and Future Perspectives of Arctic Youth – Rural Areas and LGBTI Communities

15:00 - 16:30

Icelandic Arctic Talks I

The Centre for Arctic Studies at the University of Iceland, the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network and the West Nordic Council in collaboration with the Nordic Region in Focus, the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and the Arctic Circle have organized a series of online discussions, taking place in the fall of 2020, on key Arctic issues highlighted by the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. The Icelandic Arctic talks build on the work and experience of Icelandic organizations and institutions on issues concerning societies, cooperation, health, and energy in the Arctic. Join us in the discussion!

The event will be in English.


Part 1: Young People in Rural Areas: A West Nordic Perspective

Short welcoming comments: Guðjón S. Brjánsson, Chairman of the West Nordic Council

Opening address: Ásmundur Einar Daðason, Icelandic Minister of Social Affairs and Children

Speakers and panel members:

  • Tukumminnguaq Nykjær Olsen, Office and Project Manager at the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Greenland
  • Alfa Aradóttir, Director of Prevention and Leisure in the Municipality of Akureyri, Iceland
  • Firouz Gaini, Professor in Anthropology, University of the Faroe Islands

Moderator: Sigurður Ólafsson, Secretary General of the West Nordic Council

Part 2: Queer rights in the Arctic

Opening address: Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources of Iceland

Speakers and panel members:

  • Þorbjörg Þorvaldsdóttir, President of Samtökin ’78, Iceland
  • Dr. Stephan Dudeck, University of Lapland, Finland/European University at Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Prof. Dr. J. Otto Habeck, University of Hamburg, Germany
  • Kyle Shaughnessy, Social Worker and student at Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Dr. Alexandria Wilson, Director of Aboriginal Education Research Centre, University of Saskatchewan

Moderator: Takeshi Benjamín Kaji, MSc student, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University, Sweden

Questions for the panelists in Part 2 can be submitted in advance to

The next talks will be on 5 November and 3 December 2020 more information to be announced soon.

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