2021 ACUNS Student Conference on Northern Studies

Congratulations to the York University student conference organizing committee. ARC: Adaptation, Resilience and Change in the North was a great success! It was the first time that the conference was held online and featured 2 panel discussions, 3 plenaries, 19 sessions, posters, and a closing banquet that included four short documentaries by York University’s Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research.

Meet the Co-chairs

Thank you to Co-chairs Kristen Coleman and Amanda Little who wore many, many hats and did a spectacular job leading the mighty York team:

Émilie Desjardins, Budget and Finance Committee/Moderator, secured 12 sponsors and tons of support. Émilie was the ACUNS Student Director. She is pursuing her PhD in biology at the Université du Québec à Rimouski.
Milly Hong, Communications and Design/Stage Manager, brought the conference website and social media posts to life with stunning visuals!
Sorin-Alexandru Gruia, Plenary and Social Events Committee/Moderator
Teddy D’moi Keen, Organizing Committee/Moderator
Laura Tanguay, Organizing Committee/Moderator

And thank you, Dr. Laura McKinnon, the York University faculty liaison. Laura helped navigate the team through the event logistics and administrative details, plus so much more!

Congratulations to the Conference Award Winners!

ArcticNet Best Northern Engagement in Research Award
Julia Gyapay, M Sc Public Health at the University of Waterloo and Kanelsa Noksana, Tuktoyaktuk Community Researcher
How do you train a community researcher remotely during a pandemic? Methods and lessons learned from a participatory dietary messaging study in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories

Arctic Science Award
Richard Gravel – Université du Québec à Rimouski : Variabilité entre la dispersion natale et adulte chez le renard arctique (Vulpes lagopus)

Oral Presentations
1st – Aimee Pugsley, Memorial University of Newfoundland: Promoting Home and Self Governance: Housing as an Active Site of Engagement in Fort Good Hope,
2nd – Carolyn Bonta, Queen’s University: Greening on the Bathurst Caribou Range in Central Mainland Canada
3rd – Rhys Buceta, University of Toronto: Temperature Results of Branched Glycerol Dialkyl Glycerol Tetraethers in High Latitude Soils

Poster Presentations
1st – Aven Knutson – University of Northern British Colombia: Self-determination and procedural justice in a Yukon climate planning partnership
2nd – Émilie Desjardins – Université du Québec à Rimouski : Arctic hares: Unsuspected long-distance travelers of the Far North
3rd – Louis Moisan – Université du Québec à Rimouski: Far, but highly connected: linking a tundra food web to other regions of the globe by migration