This event is a two-part series. The first event will cover "History of Indigenous Communities in the Arctic", the second event topic is "Co-Production of Knowledge and Examples in the Arctic"
Kaare Ray Sikuaq Erickson is the Outreach and Engagement Manager for UIC Science/Battelle ARO (Arctic Research Operations) in Utqiaġvik, Alaska. Kaare was raised along the Bering Sea coast in Savoonga, St. Michaels, and Unalakleet. Kaare’s parents and community taught him to provide for his community through subsistence and leadership. His upbringing taught him to be aware of problems facing Arctic communities and to find creative, realistic, and effective ways to alleviate or solve these issues. Kaare spent over a decade immersed in Arctic anthropological projects (cultural, historical, and archaeological) working for the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, the Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation, the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution Arctic Studies Center, UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research and other entities. Kaare’s unique upbringing, his expertise in cross-cultural communication, and his deep knowledge of Arctic history allows him to fulfill his role as liaison to both Arctic communities and Arctic research entities.
Kaare has taken a leading role as cultural broker between Arctic communities and stakeholders in U.S. Arctic research. This role requires a clear understanding of the U.S. scientific agenda by representing the Iñupiat at research gatherings (conferences, symposiums, presentations, etc.) and engaging in meaningful communication with scientists, institutions, and funding agencies. Kaare is also responsible for relaying news, information, findings and intentions regarding the U.S. scientific agenda back to Arctic communities; as well as to gather, translate, and share feedback from these communities back to scientists to foster reciprocal communication.