November 24, over 60 participants joined Arctic Council Permanent Participants (PP) Youth online event to get together one year after the 1st Arctic Youth Leaders' Summit.(AYLS) Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Secretariat (IPS) - Dr. Ellen Inga Turi from the Saami Council, opened the meeting with introductory remarks highlighting the role and the work of the youth in the Arctic cooperation, other inspirational keynote speakers: academic and artist Haliehana Stepetin representing Unganax region and Project Manager Tukuminnguaq Nykjær Olsen from Inuit Circumpolar Council Greenland (ICC) she was telling about youth engagement and AYLS Rovaniemi Declaration in ICC’s youth work.
Anniversary of the 1st Arctic Youth Leaders' Summit
The panel brought together a great group of young professionals and professionals - Nina Veysalova - the First Vice-President of RAIPON (Ассоциация КМНСС и ДВ РФ), Board of Director Jordan Peterson from Gwich'in Council International (Former Deputy Grand Chief in Gwich'in Tribal Council), Tuomas Aslak Juuso, the President of Finnish Sámediggi Sämitigge Sääʹmteʹǧǧ Saamelaiskäräjät, Samantha Harrison bringing youth voice from the Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska, Michael Bro - Student and young Inuk from Greenland and Jacey Firth-Hagen #speakgwichintome. The panel was led by great moderators Deenaalee Hodgdon, the youth representative of Arctic Athabaskan Council, and Dr. Liza Mack, Aleut International Association Executive Director.
Based on the work started yesterday, the youth will develop a declaration. The PP youth are planning to have a public event in the near future for a broader audience and also hold the breakout sessions later separately from today's session due to lack of time.