IPS is a support secretariat for the six indigenous organisations that have Permanent Participant status in the Arctic Council: Aleut International Association, Arctic Athabaskan Council, Gwich’in Council International, Inuit Circumpolar
Council, Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, and the Saami Council. According to the founding document of the Arctic Council – called the Ottawa Declaration – Permanent Participants have the right to “active participation
and full consultation” at all levels of the Arctic Council.
The University of the Arctic and Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat organized a panel to discuss education and training needs for Arctic Indigenous Peoples during the UArctic Congress 2018 in Oulu, Finland on 5 September 2018. The panelists represented each of the Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples’ organizations – also known as Permanent Participants – and addressed these questions:
• How is Arctic education shaping the life of local communities now and in the future?
• How will traditional knowledge be a part of the academic world?
• How will vocational education meet higher education in the Arctic?
• In what capacity can UArctic help to offer or promote Indigenous degree programs?