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The Borealis Council provides leadership on scholarly Northern research and educational activities occurring within/at York University.  The council focuses on “northern” regions, particularly those in the Canadian Arctic and Subarctic; to foster and facilitate northern scholarship and research through mentoring and supporting external research grant applications.

More specifically, the Council’s mandate is to: (1) increase awareness of the importance of Northern studies; (2) facilitate Northern research by York University faculty and graduate and senior undergraduate students; (3) represent York University’s interests in Northern studies; (4) educate and ensure the ethical conduct of research by York community members In northern Canada.

Directory of Borealis Associates

The Borealis Council consists of faculty and graduate associates at York University who specialize in research on Northern regions and the Arctic. A full list, with associate profiles, may be found HERE.

Borealis Training Awards

The Borealis Council at the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies is inviting applications from York University upper undergraduate and graduate students involved in northern fieldwork. Learn more about the Award HERE.

Northern Scientific Training Program Funding

Are you conducting research in the Canadian Arctic or the other seven circumpolar countries (Finland, Greenland (Denmark), Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States (Alaska)?


Take advantage of this funding opportunity offered by Polar Knowledge Canada. The Northern Scientific Training Program is designed to support students interested in solving the pressing environmental, health, cultural, socio-economic, political, educational, legal, engineering or resource development challenges facing the Arctic and its peoples.

For anyone looking to do northern research, Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) has compiled the following online material to assist researchers in preparing for their visit:

For more information on the Northern Scientific Training program at York visit the Northern Scientific Training Program on our Research Funding and Prizes page.

For more information on the Borealis Council, contact

Mobilizing Inuit Circumpolar Heritage

Mobilizing Inuit Circumpolar Heritage (MICH): A Multi-media/Multi-platform Re-engagement of Voice in Visual Art and Performance is a six-year SSHRC Partnership Grant that focuses on the contribution of Inuit visual culture, art, and performance to Inuit language preservation, social well-being, and cultural identity. Bringing together Inuit and non-Inuit researchers, artists and stakeholders, MICH currently supports research, creation, and curatorial activities related to sculpture, gaming, storytelling, music, craftwork, prints, performance, digital connectivity, archival work, database compilation, and audiovisual knowledge preservation. All activities are undertaken with the intention of improving and/or advancing: 1) Access for Northern communities to digital information and communication technologies, 2) Connection of Inuit voice to objects of cultural heritage, and 3) Creation of Inuit-centric cultural capacity. MICH is based at the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies and Anna Hudson, Associate Professor/AMPD is the Principal Investigator.

To learn more about the Mobilizing Inuit Circumpolar Heritage project visit their website at