The IPF has already crossed paths with the Sámi Education Institute in Oslo, during the IPY 2010 Oslo Conference and at the University of the Arctic (Rovaniemi), of which the IPF became an Associate Member in June 2011. A common interest in science and the sustainable development of the North is at the heart of a working relationship between the IPF and the Arctic Indigenous Peoples, and both will be present in Montréal in April 2012 for the IPY Knowledge to Action symposium.
The IPF education team gave all the representatives a guided tour of the IPF’s “Class Zero Emission” workshop by the education team. Doing various activities such as the 3D puzzles of the Arctic and Antarctic, and taking the sustainability quiz, the representatives were impressed with the interactive approach of the workshop.
The Indigenous representatives included:
- Liisa Holmberg, Principal at the Sámi Education Institute in Inari (Finland)
- Mika Aromäki, Coordinator at the Sámi Education Institute in Inari (Finland)
- Galina Nazarova, Director at the Socio-Humanitarian College in Naryan-Mar (Russia)
- Galina Platova, Member of Council at the Association of Nenets People "Yasavey" in Naryan-Mar (Russia)
- Ekaterina Sherstneva, NÉDA ORDYM Project. Sámi Education Institute in Inari (Finland)
- Rodion Sulyandziga, First Vice-President at the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples Of the North (RAIPON) in Moscow (Russia)
- Erik Gant, Secretary General at the Indigenous Peoples Secretariat in Copenhagen (Denmark)