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The UGGEA Project honors the ancestral stewards of the Indigenous lands across the Arctic region. We acknowledge and respect their knowledge and wisdom.


Arctic Languages Map (Indigenous Peoples Secretariat, 2019),

As a part of our work on the Chapter Empowerment for the Gender Equality in the Arctic Report, We are indebted to Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network, its Director and the Lead of the project Gender Equality in the Arctic Embla Eir Oddsdóttir and all team members – Hjalti Ómar Ágústsson, Andrii Gladii, Federica Scarpa, and the research aid team of young scholars – Kathryn Tubridy Pakenham and Sarah Seabrook Kendall. We are also thankful to the "PIRE: Promoting Urban Sustainability in the Arctic" project and Nordregio (in particular, Timothy Heleniak and Justine Ramage) for assistance with data and maps, and to our partner organizations and collaborators, including Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland (in particular, Annamari Asikainen), the National Council of Women of Finland (in particular, Liisa Ketolainen), the Women's Advisory Unit of the Government of the Northwest Territories, the George Washington University, the Russian State Hydrometeorological University, and the ARCTICenter at the University of Northern Iowa.


Photograph courtesy of the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network.

Our special gratitude goes to the Chapter "Empowerment" contributing authors: 

Joanna Absalonsen (YALRAP Program, ARCTICenter, University of Northern Iowa), Rebecca Alty (City of Yellowknife), Steven Arnfjord (University of Greenland), Charlene Apok (Native Movement), Elizabeth (Sabet) Biscaye (Government of the Northwest Territories), Jessica Black (Gwich'in) (University of Alaska Fairbanks), Courtney Carothers (University of Alaska Fairbanks), Firouz Gaini (University of the Faroe Islands),  Erika A. Hayfield (University of the Faroe Islands), Halla Logadottir (Harvard University), Tanja Joona (University of Lapland), Anna Karlsdóttir (Nordregio), Mara Kimmel (Independent Researcher, Alaska), Bridget Larocque (Arctic Athabaskan Council), Kirsti Lempiäinen (University of Lapland), Liza M. Mack (Unangax̂) (Aleut International Association), Samantha Michaels (Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada), Suzanne Mills (McMaster University), Päivi Naskali (University of Lapland), Søren Stach Nielsen (Independent Researcher, Greenland), Ivalo Olsvig (The House of Knud Rasmussen in Denmark), Maria Osipova (The Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University), Aleksandra Poturaeva (Lomonosov Moscow State University), Olga Povoroznyuk (University of Vienna), Magalie Quintal Marineau (Institut national de la recherche scientifique), Bergljót Þrastardóttirv (University of Akureyri), Lilia Vinokurova (The Institute for Humanities Research and Indigenous Studies of the North), Nadezda Zamyatina (Lomonosov Moscow State University), and Laura Zanotti (Purdue University).

Our deep appreciation goes to Prof. Gail Fondahl (University of Northern British Columbia), Prof. Rachael Lorna Johnstone (University of Akureyri), Youth Advisory Group reviewer Valeriya Posmitnaya (University of Akureyri), and Tonje Johansen (Saami Council) for their highly valuable comments and suggestions. We also acknowledge funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation, and we are grateful to the U.S. Delegation to the Arctic Council for championing support for this project.

Photo credits go to Dr. Marya Rozanova-Smith,

Dr. Charlene Apok, Beth Harris, Prof. Andrey Gretsov, and the Shutterstock photographers.  


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