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The Arctic – A Global Health Perspective

This 10-part webinar series explores diverse perspectives on Arctic Global Health. Despite documented health disparities between the circumpolar north and other regions, the Arctic remains an underrepresented area in global health research. This series offers a transdisciplinary look at key global health challenges and opportunities in the High North.  Join us for this free, open-access webinar series with academics and specialists on Arctic governance, ecosystem change, food security, migration, climate change, Indigenous rights and more.


Webinar 1:  Setting the Stage for The Arctic – A Global Health Perspective – Watch the Webinar

February 1 | 9:30-10:30 am EST

Dr. Paul O'Bryne Dr. Paul O’Byrne
Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Dr. Andrea Baumann
Associate Vice-President, Global Health, McMaster University
Ambassador Patrick Parisot
Canadian Ambassador to Norway
Ambassador Jon Elvedal Fredriksen
Norwegian Ambassador to Canada
Dr. Cecile Daae
CEO, Regional Health Authority, Northern Norway

Webinar 2: Environmental Determinants and Human Health in the Arctic – Watch the Webinar

February 8 | 10:00-11:00 am EST

Dr. Chris Furgal
Dr. Chris Furgal
Associate Professor, Indigenous Environmental Studies, Trent University


Webinar 3: Covid-19, Human Health and the Arctic – Watch the Webinar

February 22 | 10:00 -11:00 am EST

Dr. Jennifer Spence
Dr. Jennifer Spence
Executive Secretary, Sustainable Development Working Group (Arctic Council)


Webinar 4: Arctic Governance – Watch the Webinar

March 1 | 10:00 -11:00 am EST

Dr. Margherita Paola Poto,
University of Turin; Researcher
Faculty of Law, The Arctic University of Norway

Webinar 5: Country Food Security and Safety in the Canadian Arctic – Watch the Webinar

March 8 | 10:00 -11:00 am EST

Dr. Emily Jenkins,
Professor & Department Head (Acting), Department of Veterinary Microbiology, University of Saskatchewan


Webinar 6: Effects of Health Policies and Local Interventions on Health Outcomes Among the Sami in Norway – Watch the Webinar

March 15 | 10:00 -11:00 am EST

Lars Helander

Adult Psychiatry, Suicidology and Community Psychology
Lars is a sea Sami from Northern Norway (Njigu in Unjarga gielda)

Webinar 7: Community-Engaged Research and Northern Sustainability Watch the Webinar

March 22 | 10:00 -11:00 am EDT

Dr. Gita Ljubicic
Associate Professor, School of Earth, Environment and Society, Faculty of Science, McMaster University


Webinar 8: Roots of Northern Indigenous People’s Health: Connecting Autonomy, Self-Governance & Power in the Circumpolar North – Watch the Webinar

March 29 | 10:00 -11:00 am EDT

Dr. Nancy Doubleday,
Director, Water Without Borders
Professor, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University

Webinar 9: Economic Development and Policy relating to the Northern Context – Watch the Webinar

April 6 | 10:00 -11:00 am EDT

  • Dr. Laura Way, Manager, Strategic Policy, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by attendees, participants, and speakers as part of this webinar series are those of the individuals stating them and are not representative of an ideological stance or public policy position by McMaster University or the Global Health Office.