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Arctic Global Health Series

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.

Register for each webinar by using the links below. There is limited room, so early registration is encouraged.


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

March 8 | 10:00 -11:00 am EST

Dr. Emily Jenkins

Professor & Department Head (Acting), Department of Veterinary Microbiology, University of Saskatchewan



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

March 15 | 10:00 -11:00 am EDT 

Lars Helander 

Adult Psychiatry, Suicidology and Community Psychology

Lars is a sea Sami from Northern Norway (Njiđgu in Unjarga gielda)


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Webinar 7: Community-Engaged Research and Northern Sustainability

March 22 |10:00 -11:00 am EDT 

Dr. Gita Ljubicic

Associate Professor, School of Earth, Environment and Society, Faculty of Science, McMaster University



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

March 29 |10:00 -11:00 am EDT 

Dr. Nancy Doubleday

Director, Water Without Borders

Professor, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University


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

April 6 | 10:00 -11:00 am EDT

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

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Webinar 10: Connecting the North & Closing Remarks

April 12 | 10:00 -11:00 am EDT

Nicole Brown

Chief Operations Officer, FSET



Dr. David Farrar

President and Vice-Chancellor

McMaster University 


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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 FurgalDr. 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 SpenceDr. 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



Please note: Webinars take place on Mondays except the week of February 14th when there will be no webinar and Webinar 9 will take place on Tuesday, April 6.

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.