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Dr. Tatiana degai, co-chair

Dr. Tatiana Degai is an Itelmen scholar from Kamchatka peninsula. Her research focusses on language revitalization, Indigenous methodologies, cultural landscapes, culturally-responsive education. Dr. Degai is a postdoctoral scholar at the ARCTICenter, University of Northern Iowa, where she is currently conducting research on Indigenous visions of sustainability, well-being and knowledge co-production. She is also a member of the Council of Itelmens “Tkhsanom” where she promotes language revitalization by producing community-friendly language learning materials.

dr. damien lee, co-chair

Dr. Damien Lee is an Indigenous Studies scholar based at Ryerson University’s Department of Sociology, and an Associate Fellow at the Yellowhead Institute – an Indigenous-run First Nations policy think tank. Dr. Lee is a band member at Fort William First Nation.

dr. rodion sulyandzia

Dr. Rodion Sulyandziga is a foremost leader of Indigenous rights issues in the Russian Federation. From the Udege peoples in the Russian Far East, Sulyandziga has been active within the United Nations for decades. He is the director of the Center for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North (CSIPN), a research think tank based in Russia that produces community-focused research on issues such as climate change, economic development, Indigenous rights, and Indigenous cultural revitalization. He is a renowned Indigenous thinker both within Russia and on the international stage. In 2019 Rodion was elected as an Independent Expert on the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Polina shulbaeva

Polina Shulbaeva is a representative of Selkup people from Central Siberia. She plays key roles within Russian Indigenous rights movements. Polina has made critical contributions in a variety of areas, including forest and biodiversity policy, Indigenous rights on the international level, and international relations. She currently holds a coordinator position with Center for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North (CSIPN), a research think tank based in Russia that produces community-focused research on issues such as climate change, economic development, Indigenous rights, and Indigenous cultural revitalization.

Chief Vyacheslav Shadrin

Chief Vyacheslav Shadrin is a Research Fellow at the Department of Arctic Issues, Institute for Humanities Research and Indigenous Studies of the North, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Shadrin is a Yukagir scholar working in the area of history and culture of Indigenous peoples of North, Indigenous peoples rights, ethnology expertise/social impact assessment, climate change, traditional land-use, reindeer-breeding, Arctic fishery, hunting, traditional knowledge. Vyacheslav is also a Chief of Yukagir people, Chair of Council of Yukaghir Elders, and Vice-President of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of North of Sakha (Yakutia) Republic.

Gennadii Schyukin

Gennadii Schyukin is a traditional reindeer herder from Taimyr who also has extensive experience with administrative work. He previously served as the head of the Ust-Avam Indigenous village and President of Association of Indigenous Peoples of Taimyr. In 2019 Gennadii fought his way to become a deputy on the Taimyr Council of the Deputies. In the same year, Schyukin fought for the rights of Indigenous peoples of Taimyr in the Constitutional Court of Russia to continue their traditional hunting practices. He is currently working in the Administration of Taimyr Dolgano-Nenets Municipal Region providing his expertise. He is also the head of his obschina (an Indigenous-run form of organization that depends on traditional subsistence practices).

dr. aleksandra khuriun

Dr. Aleksandra Khuriun is a Nivkh scholar from Sakhalin. She is currently a first correspondent to “Nivkh Dif” (Nivkh Word), a newspaper published in both the Nivkh and Russian language since 1990. Dr. Khuriun is active in the NGO “Okha Center for Preservation and Development of Traditional Culture of Indigenous Peoples of the North “Kykhkykh” (“Swan”)’. From 2012-2016 she served on the Council of Authorized Representatives of Indigenous Peoples of the North to Sakhalin Region. Since 2011, Dr. Khuriun has served as a coordinator on the relationships with civil society to the company “Exxon Neftegas Limited” that operates the gas and oil project “Sakhalin -1”. 

dr. andrey petrov

Dr. Andrey Petrov is the President of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) and a Chair of Social and Human Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). His research focus lies in the areas of Arctic social and socio-ecological systems, sustainability, human development and global change in remote communities specifically in the  Arctic Indigenous communities. He is the Director of the ARCTICenter and Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Northern Iowa, USA. Dr. Petrov has been an active advocate for co-production of knowledge, recognition of Indigenous knowledge systems and Indigenous visions in the academia. 

Elena romanova

Elena Romanova is a senior undergraduate Sakha student at the North Eastern Federal University in Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Elena Romanova has attended university in both Canada and Russia. Her unique insight as a young Indigenous student from Russia into the political economies of nation states heavily engaged in resource extraction on Indigenous territories will contribute to cultivating multi-dimensional knowledge exchange and international relations between Canada and Russia at NAISA 2020. Elena intends to pursue a Masters degree in 2020, and is excited to continue exploring and comparing Indigenous youth responses to globalization, urbanization, and resource extraction in Canada and Russia.

tsatia adzich

Tsatia Adzich is a Cree-Metis scholar who recently completed two years of graduate research in Yakutsk, the capital city of Sakha Republic (Yakutia) the largest administrative region in Russia, where she worked with urban Evenki and Eveny women’s storytelling traditions to re-story the city. She hopes to pursue a PhD in 2020 to continue building on the work that she did in Sakha Republic (Yakutia) in dialogue with her own Indigenous communities on Turtle Island. Tsatia is one of few Indigenous scholars in Canada working on international urban Indigenous relations between Canada and Russia. As an emerging Indigenous scholar, Tsatia is committed to developing relationships between Indigenous scholars in Russia and the global Indigenous Studies community.

Nikita kaplin

Nikita Kaplin is an Evenki scholar from Krasnoyarsky Krai who currently serves as a Vice-President of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North of Krasnoyarski Kray “Arun”. For decades Nikita has been active in the Indigenous peoples movement advocating for the rights to traditional subsistence activities, rights to lands, rights to healthy environment and other issues of Evenki people. 

Evelina kaplin

Evelina Kaplin is a promising young Evenki student from Lyceum No. 1 Krasnoyarsk. Evelina is interested in advocating for universal secondary education in Indigenous communities, increased access to professional education and job opportunities in remote Indigenous villages, and supporting the development of the local Indigenous economies in collaboration with local governments.

Tatiana khelol

Tatiana Khelol is a prominent Koryak knowledge holder from Kamchatka. For many years she has worked in the Kamchatka Registry Office in the Department of Archival Materials. Based on her work she recently published a chronicle of her home Koryak Autonomous Okrug. Together with her sister Tatiana is continuing the work of her mother – respected Koryak elder and knowledge holder – on leading a family museum of Koryak culture. 

Dilbara sharipova

Dilbara Sharipova is a young Udege lawyer from the Indigenous village of Krasnyi Yar. Dilbara is currently attending the Far Eastern Institute of Management – a branch of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. Dilbara is actively involved in the work of the National Park “Bikin” which is established on the traditional Udege grounds and is the first and only National Park in Russian that is co-managed with Indigenous peoples as equal partners.