Arctic Leaders' Youth Summit (Nov. 2019)

The Arctic Youth network was invited to nominate two Indigenous youth to participate in the Arctic Leaders’ Youth Summit November 12-13, 2019. Gail Qaqaaq Wallace from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, and Nils Ándá Baer from Jokkmokk, Sweden, were selected from an impressive pool of applicants to attend.

About the Summit: “29 Indigenous youth will meet in Rovaniemi, Finland for the Arctic Leaders’ Youth Summit, hosted by The Saami Council.

The youth participants come from all eight Arctic states and represent Indigenous Peoples from across the circumpolar Arctic. They represent youth organizations like the RAIPON – Ассоциация КМНСС и ДВ РФ Youth Council, Sáminuorra, Nuoraidráđđi Nuorisoneuvosto, National Inuit Youth Council and The Arctic Youth Network. Many have already engaged in important work with organizations like Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska, Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Sámediggi – Sametinget and more.

The Youth Summit will result in a declaration to be presented at the 6th Arctic Leaders’ Summit. It will be an excellent opportunity for rising Indigenous leaders from across the circumpolar Arctic to learn about each other’s homelands, discuss issues of joint concern, and build their networks and skills in international cooperation.” – Via the Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat