Borders in the North: Yukon Summer Conference

Whitehorse, Canada | June 17-18, 2015

Borders in the North was hosted at Yukon College and brought together international border experts, government leaders, private sector partners and graduate students to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the economies and societies of the North as related to the six project themes: culture, flows, governance, history, security and sustainability.

About the Conference

The conference explored cross-border issues in the North, culture and heritage of the Northern borders, the evolution of indigenous governments and territoriality, border governance in the North, and the changing impacts of borders on security and geopolitics in the region. By working with government partners, we can find solutions to common border challenges, and ensure that the BIG partnership fulfills its potential to conduct meaningful and policy-relevant research. Those in both the private and public sector to attended to learn from and share ideas with international experts and government officials working on cross-border issues.

Click here for the CBC coverage of the conference.

Conference Objective

Borders in Globalization (BIG) Borders in the North: Yukon Summer Conference was the first of ten summer conferences or summer schools in the seven-year project. The purpose was to mobilize research, connect graduate students to policy-makers and border professionals, and create a network of experts and professionals working on trans-boundary and border issues. The Yukon Summer Conference on Canada’s Northern borders focused on issues of importance to Canada’s North and the Yukon Territory. Experts from Europe’s Arctic countries attended to share their expertise and knowledge of EU border policies and their implications for Canada’s Arctic regions.

For more information on BIG’s work in the Arctic click here.

The Borders in the North conference was made possible thanks to support from European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) at the University of Victoria.

Borders in the North: Yukon Summer Conference