The Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies’ (ACUNS) International Student Conference on Northern Studies is a triennial event held in October and largely organized by a committee of graduate students and hosted by one of the Association’s members. The conference is organized to occur in conjunction with the ACUNS Annual General Meeting. ACUNS will act in an advisory and supportive role for the conference, but it is the responsibility of the host institution to assure its success.

To reflect ACUNS’ national membership, the conference will be bilingual (French and English).



The host institution is responsible for identifying the graduate student committee, which may be made up of students from other universities and colleges as required.

All schedules, program, promotion and other materials developed for the conference by the host institution and the student organizing committee will be submitted for final approval to the ACUNS Board of Directors. Minutes of organizing student committee meetings will be maintained and made available to ACUNS.



The conference budget will be prepared by the host institution and the student conference organizing committee in consultation with ACUNS, and approved by the ACUNS Board of Directors. The host institution and ACUNS will combine funds in order to hold the Conference, but the overall management of the budget is the responsibility of the host institution. ACUNS will identify and liaise with financial supporters of past conferences (e.g. Indigenous and Northern Affairs and Development Canada, Polar Knowledge Canada) and facilitate fundraising efforts, in addition to possible joint funding proposals with the organizing committee.


Call for Proposals

ACUNS will distribute a Call for Proposals that outlines specific requirements for the event. Each call will have unique requirements, so stay tuned for the next call.


Past Hosts


University of Alberta

Landscapes of Northern Knowledge


University of Calgary

DueNorth15: Next Generation Arctic Research & Leadership


Université du Québec en Abitibi Témiscamingue

Nikan: The Future of North