Málstofa í Norræna húsinu 15. maí: Arctic Indigenous Peoples: A Dialogue and Perspectives on Common Concerns for Sustainable Societies

Seminar and Roundtable discussion, Nordic House, Reykjavík, 14:00 – 16:45. Open to the public.

Date: 15 May 2018
Time: 14:00 – 15:00

Opening remarks: Mr. Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Iceland.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Josie Okalik Eegeesiak, Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Council
  • Ellen Inga Turi, Vice President, Saami Council
  • Chief Gary Harrison, Arctic Athabaskan Council, Chair BOD Indigenous Peoples´ Secretariat
  • Yury Khatanzeyskiy, Vice President, Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North

Chair: Helga Ögmundardóttir, Assistant Professor, University of Iceland

Coffee and refreshments: 15:00-15:15
Roundtable discussions: 15:15 – 16:45


  • Tukumminnguaq Nykjær Olsen, MA Student West Nordic Studies / Polar Law
  • Liza M. Mack, Interim Executive Director, Aleut International Association
  • Gunn-Britt Retter, Head of the Arctic- and Environmental Unit, Saami Council
  • Níels Einarsson, Director, Stefansson Arctic Institute
  • Hjalmar Dahl, President, Inuit Circumpolar Council, Greenland
  • Ethel Blake, Chair and Head of Delegation, Gwich´in Council International (TBC)
  • Embla Eir Oddsdóttir, Director, Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network

Chair: Jón Haukur Ingimundarson, Senior Scientist, Stefansson Arctic Institute, and Associate Professor, University of Akureyri

16:45 Reception hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland

This event is organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Indigenous Peoples´ Secretariat; Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network; Centre for Arctic Policy and Security; Stefansson Arctic Institute