2021 ACUNS Student Conference on Northern Studies

We are pleased to announce that York University will be hosting the 2021 ACUNS Student Conference in Northern Studies, online! The theme is ARC: Adaptation, Resilience and Change in the North

SAVE THE DATE: November 3 – 5, 2021

Abstract submission is now open. CLICK HERE to visit the conference website.


The Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies’ (ACUNS) Student Conference on Northern Studies is a triennial event held in late-October/early-November. The conference is largely organized by a committee of students and hosted by one of the Association’s member institutions. It provides a unique opportunity for young researchers to meet and exchange ideas with others who share similar academic interests. Students have an opportunity to develop professional experience, forge links with government and community stakeholders, and make national and international connections with those who share varied and multidisciplinary research interests (physical sciences, social sciences and humanities and health) in Northern Studies. 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.


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