1. Initiatives
  2. The Arctic Arts Summit

The Arctic Arts Summit brings together representatives of the eight Arctic countries and the Indigenous Nations of the Circumpolar region. The Summit’s main objectives are to strengthen arts and culture in the North and to develop circumpolar cooperation that will stimulate ongoing, sustainable collaboration in arts and creative industries throughout the region. The Summit does this by creating North-to-North opportunities, exploring key questions, and advancing timely discussions.

In partnership with the Government of Yukon, the Canada Council for the Arts will co-host the Arctic Arts Summit from June 27–29, 2022, in Whitehorse, with a digital program in the lead-up to the event.

Through the 2022 Summit, participants  from across the circumpolar region will engage on subjects of shared interest, including:

  • support for northern artists, organizations, and communities;
  • international collaborations in the arts and cultures of the circumpolar Arctic regions; as well as
  • self-determination and sovereignty of Indigenous peoples in the Arctic.

Digital programming will be offered in advance of the June 2022 in-person gathering. This programming will allow a wider audience to interact with the Summit’s themes.

The Summit in Whitehorse, Yukon

Official delegations from each of the Arctic countries and Indigenous nations of the circumpolar region including artists and cultural leaders will gather in-person in Whitehouse, Yukon.  Together they will meet for three days of keynotes, knowledge sharing, capacity building sessions, networking opportunities, and artist showcases.

The in-person participants will be chosen with a view to empowering artists and cultural voices in the North and to championing strong Indigenous engagement and leadership. For Canada, the majority of participants will come from the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, northern Quebec, Northern Labrador, and from self-governing and self-determining Indigenous nations and communities in the North. Other participants may include individuals who identity as northerners or with the North regardless of where they live. 

A digital program for the Summit

The digital program will broaden engagement around key themes established leading up to the Summit, putting a spotlight on Arctic arts and culture in Canada and around the world. The program will include live-streamed events, gallery-quality imagery, artist profiles, national podiums for each of the circumpolar countries, and more.

The program will be open to all. Stay tuned for a launch date soon.

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