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Are you an Indigenous youth passionate about making a positive impact on your community and the world? The International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and the Arctic Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs invite you to participate in an extraordinary opportunity for growth, learning, and empowerment.

We are pleased to announce the Indigenous Youth Leadership Course on Resilience, Land Degradation, and Permafrost Thaw, a collaborative initiative aimed at equipping young Indigenous leaders with the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary to navigate the challenges of the future.

The training course on resilience and land degradation, and capacity-building in the Arctic is a comprehensive program designed to empower and educate young people living in the northern regions about the challenges and opportunities related to climate and environmental change in the Arctic.

This course aims to foster a deeper understanding of the complex interactions between environmental processes and land changes, leadership and innovation, and resilience-building strategies specific to the Arctic context. It is tailored to equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to actively contribute to sustainable land management and create a room for the synergy of traditional Indigenous knowledge and science. It is a platform for Indigenous youth to speak and be heard. Participants will engage in a series of interactive workshops, field exercises, and knowledge-sharing sessions.

The Indigenous Youth Training program is a result of long-term partnerships between the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, UArctic EÁLAT Institute, and the Arctic Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center. The course is a part of the global 10545 GEF-UNEP Reindeer Herding and Resilience project.


Eligibility Criteria:

Indigenous youth between the ages of 18 and 30.
Demonstrated commitment to Indigenous rights, traditional knowledge of Indigenous peoples, sustainability, and community development.
Strong communication skills in English (verbal and written).
Availability to participate in the entire duration of the program.

Application Process:

To apply for the Indigenous Youth Leadership Training program, please submit the following documents:

Completed application APPLICATION FORM (
Curriculum vitae/resume outlining your educational background, leadership experiences, and community involvement.
Personal statement (maximum 500 words) explaining your motivation to participate in the program and your vision for the future.
Letter of recommendation from a community leader, mentor, or organization supporting your application.

Please send your complete application package to  by July 31, 2023.

Important Dates:
Application Deadline: July 31, 2023
Notification of Selection: August 5, 2023
Course Dates: August 13-18, 2023

Note: Travel, accommodation, and meals during the training program will be covered for selected participants. All participants are required to participate in all the course activities.


Marina Tonkopeeva, ICR, +4745658752
Svein Mathiesen, ICR,

We look forward to receiving your applications and witnessing the immense potential and leadership capabilities of Indigenous youth in shaping a sustainable and inclusive future in the Arctic. Together, let us pave the way for innovation, resilience, and diplomacy!

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