This resource was created to supplement the World Affairs Council - Seattle; the Canadian Studies Center and Center for Global Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington (UW); the Native American and Indigenous Studies Center, UW; the Consulate General of Canada, Seattle; and the Center for Canadian-American Studies, Western Washington University's Educator Workshop Series on the Arctic,
This K-16 Educator Workshop Series introduced educators to the Arctic today including the role of Arctic Indigenous peoples in international relations, their communities and languages. The University of Washington’s network of scholars in Arctic and Indigenous studies provided a historic context for the circumpolar world as well as addressed the role of ice in nature and culture and the tremendous impact of climate change in the region.
This curriculum resource guide supports educators, students, and community members in identifying, discussing, and analyzing the role of Arctic Indigenous languages and their relationship to Arctic cultures. Students will be able to identify and evaluate efforts to preserve Arctic Indigenous languages; identify and analyze the impact of colonialism on Arctic languages; discuss and explain the role of education in preserving Arctic Indigenous knowledge
and culture; identify and explain how Arctic Indigenous languages and cultures are expressed
through the arts; discuss and evaluate the role of local government in providing educational opportunities for Arctic Indigenous communities; identify, analyze, and discuss the role of education in teaching Indigenous sustainability practices in the Arctic region; analyze and discuss the complexity of Arctic social, political, and environmental systems from interdisciplinary perspectives ; and utilizing the Arctic as a case study, students will be able to evaluate and make connections between local and global issues across selected regions of the world.