Jana Angulalik is a young, passionate and outgoing Inuk. She grew up in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut but has lived in faraway places like Indonesia and Australia. Although she loves to travel and explore, she loves helping people in the Arctic more, and helping in any way she can is second nature. Having had a rough start to life, she had to overcome many obstacles to get where she is today; an Inuit Tattooist, Beauty Therapist, Freelance Columnist and a voice for the voiceless. Through the Arctic Indigenous Fund she hopes to continue helping to break cycles and to help others in the Arctic live their best life in the midst of all that the Arctic and its Peoples face.
Marion Aslaksen Ravna is a 23 year old Saami woman from Deatnu in Norway, in the northernmost part of Sápmi. I am currently living in Romsa/Tromsø, and studying law at the Arctic University of Norway – UiT. Since I was 17 years old, I have been working with Saami culture and politics, for example, through voluntary work for Saami festivals and through political engagements at the Sami Parliament in Norway.
Dewey Hoffman is an associate educator at the Fairbanks Native Association’s Indigenous Language Project, a dual language immersion program for three to five year olds that provides instruction and student support through Denaakk'e (Koyukon Athabascan language), culture, and traditions. Originally from Ruby, Alaska, Dewey was given the name Kk’ołeyo by his grandmother, after his grandfather Big Jim, it means “long distance walker”. He is working toward a master of education degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
Christina Henriksen is Vice-president of the Saami Council, previous Member of the Sámi Parliament in Norway, member of the Norwegian Saami Association, board director of the Riddu Riđđu Festival. Born 1983 in Girkonjárga/Kirkenes, Sápmi. Returned to my home town to be a middle school teacher, after working with international and indigenous peoples’ cooperation for a decade in Girkonjárga, Tromsø, Brussels and North-West Russia, working with cooperation between indigenous peoples in the Barents Region. Burning heart for education, languages, culture and clean waters, and thrilled to be able to teach young people about Sámi language, culture, history and traditions.
Chandre Szafran is Iñupiaq from Nome and grew up in Alaska’s largest city of Anchorage. For nearly two years, she has been grateful to work for Kawerak, Inc. between her home region and her base in Anchorage. Prior to this she worked in youth engagement across the state of Alaska, and in workforce development at the Alaska Native health campus in Anchorage. She holds a BA in English from University of Alaska Anchorage, and she enjoys being active in community events, being outdoors, berry picking, travel, arts, reading, and writing.
My name is Shayla “Gwikitch’ihkheh” Snowshoe and I am a Tetlit Gwich'in from Tetlit Zheh, Northwest Territories. As a young, Indigenous woman, I have to come to understand the value of heritage and education and how the two are intertwined into my life, just like a braid. There are three strands. One strand is my culture – hunting, fishing, sewing, the language, the land and my Jijuu. The next strand is education – learning and experiencing new things everyday, as well as my desire to obtain a degree in order to give back to my community through education. The last strand is me– my heart, soul, strength, beliefs, dreams, goals and my love. Each strand is just as important and inspirited as the next.
I am also a student at the University of Alberta, where I am taking Native Studies & Education. My dream is to one day teach in my hometown about the Indigenous history, cultures and language with a special focus on: on the land learning.
My ultimate goal in life is to live a healthy and happy life with my daughter, Dani-Mae. I want to make her proud.
Kuluk R. Lyberth is a master's student in Social Sciences in the University of Greenland, which include International Law and Indigenous Peoples' rights. Kuluk is a former chair of the student union in Greenland and has participated in Arctic Council working group meetings and the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues through youth capacity building by the Inuit Circumpolar Council and Saami Council. Besides the studies, Kuluk work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Greenland as a student assistant
Tukumminnguaq Nykjær Olsen is Special Assistant for Inuit Circumpolar Council Greenland and Advisor for Arctic Indigenous Fund.
She is a MA candidate in Governance and Sustainability, West Nordic Studies, helds a BA degree in Social Sciences, have studied in Fairbanks, Alaska and Akureyri, Iceland during her studies. Tukumminnguaq is a native Greenlander who grew up in Qaanaaq, Greenland, northernmost town in Greenland.
Have amongst completed Indigenous peoples rights and policy program at Columbia University, Indigenous Fellowship Program at United Nations Geneva, is a former Arctic focal point in Global Indigenous Youth Caucus and Winner of Arctic Innovation Lab, Arctic Circle Assembly Iceland 2017.