The NNA-CO is a distributed office across three locations at Alaska Pacific University (APU), the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder). We honor and acknowledge the Indigenous peoples, nations, and traditional territories of the lands in which the offices reside. These include the traditional territories and ancestral homelands of the Dena’ina people (APU), the Dena people of the lower Tanana River (UAF), and the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Ute, Apache, Comanche, Kiowa, Lakota, Pueblo and Shoshone Nations (University of Colorado).
The Navigating the New Arctic program supports research conducted on traditional territories and contemporary and ancestral homelands of Indigenous peoples living across the Arctic, who have stewarded and lived in relationship with these lands and waters since time immemorial.
The NNA-CO acknowledges the role that universities and Arctic research has played, historically and into the present, in disrupting the land relations of Indigenous peoples. We support conversations that are happening within Arctic research on centering equity in research, in supporting Indigenous leadership in research, and in developing capacity for reciprocity on the part of non-Indigenous researchers who are guests and visitors in the Arctic.
We encourage NNA funded researchers to incorporate a land acknowledgement into their work for the traditional lands and territories where their research is conducted as a first step in supporting a greater awareness of Indigenous land relations. In addition, we encourage researchers to work towards increasing equity within their own research projects as an important foundation for knowledge co-production and weaving knowledge systems together to develop new insights about the changing Arctic.