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SLICA Results Workshop
March 22, Anchorage Alaska

The SLiCA international team hosted a public briefing on SLiCA results Thursday morning, March 22nd, and an afternoon workshop involving international indigenous partners and researchers to discuss the results of the Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic at the University of Alaska Anchorage on Thursday, March 22, 2007. The briefing and workshop constituted the launch of the University of Alaska human dimensions component of the International Polar Year.

The SLICA Results Workshop was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the University of Alaska Foundation, University of Alaska Health Research, and the Institute of Social and Economic Research.

Access presentations, verbatim discussion notes, and SLiCA results below.

International Polar Year:
Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic Results Workshop

March 22, 2007 at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus

At the beginning of the International Polar Year, this UA sponsored workshop examined the results of a recently completed international survey of indigenous people in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Chukotka. Researchers from Alaska, Canada, and Greenland presented results from 7,000 interviews conducted with indigenous people in the Arctic as part of the Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic, or SLiCA. In Alaska, researchers interviewed native people in the Bering Straits, Northwest Arctic, and North Slope regions. The morning session of the workshop was open to the public and included an overview of the SLiCA survey results with time for questions. The afternoon session was a technical session limited to 40 people. Participants reviewed the summary tables and discussed next steps, including the need for discussions involving regions in each country.

General Session: 9:30 am. – 11:45 am.

Objectives of the morning session: Present an overview of SLiCA, including the research process, results, and SLiCA’s contribution to the International Polar Year. Answer questions.

Location: University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), Social Science Building, SSB 118

Participants: The morning session was attended by about 100 people, including indigenous representatives, government officials, researchers, and the press.

Hosts: The SLiCA international team

Moderator: Fran Ulmer, Director, Institute of Social and Economic Research.

Presentation Powerpoints: Below are hyperlinks to powerpoint presentations and podcast segments. Note: you can open up both at the same time and they should appear in different browser windows. You can advance the powerpoint presentation slides yourself to correspond to the audio content. Unfortunately, podcasts were not recorded for the second talk by Birger Poppel, or the talks by Larissa Abryutina and Heather Myers.

9:30-9:40 a.m.             Introduction to the SLiCA Results Workshop, Audio, Fran Ulmer, Chancellor of UAA

                                      Launch of the International Polar Year, Audio, Karen Purdue, University of Alaska

9:40-9:50 a.m.             Motivation for the study, Audio, Birger Poppel, University of Greenland

9:50-10:10 a.m.          The collaborative process, Part 1:   Audio, Patricia Cochran, Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Council

                                      The collaborative process Part 2:  The collaborative process, Audio, Karl Christian Olsen (Puju) Greenland ICC.

10:10-10:30 a.m.         Overview of methods and results, Audio, Jack Kruse, ISER

10:30-10:50 a.m.         Prevalence of the mixed economy, Birger Poppel

10:50-11:10 a.m.         Chukotka, Larissa Abryutina, Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON)

11:10-11:30 a.m.         Food, community, health and satisfaction with life, Heather Myers, University of Northern British Columbia

11:30-11:45 a.m.         Open forum, Fran Ulmer with SLiCA team

Afternoon Discussion

Thirty-four people gathered to discuss SLiCA results. The objective was to begin the process of understanding the meaning of the answers people gave in the survey. Those gathered included indigenous leaders and researchers.

Marg Kruse took verbatim notes of the discussion. After editing the notes, she sent them out to the participants to review and revise. You can read the revised notes of the SLiCA Results Discussion as a PDF file. The file includes a table of contents to help you find discussion topics of most interest to you.

The main conclusion of the afternoon discussion is that time is needed within the regions to review and discuss the results.

Access SLiCA Results.