Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies

ACUNS represents the interests of member universities and colleges by encouraging government and private sector policies and practices that support northern scholarship; initiates programs to increase public awareness of northern studies and research in Canada; establishes mechanisms through which resources can be allocated to member universities and colleges for the purpose of increasing knowledge of the North and ensures an appropriate number of trained and skilled northern scientists, managers, and educators; enhances opportunities for northern people, particularly indigenous northerners, to become leaders and promoters of excellence in education and research matters important to the North; facilitates, through conferences, seminars, research and other methods, the understanding and resolution of Arctic issues; and co-operates with other public, private, and international organizations concerned with the advancement, application, and impact of northern scholarship.

Facts and figures

Year Established 1977
Total Number of Staff 1
Focus Areas

Bilingual, cross-cultural, cross disciplines, ways of knowing – Western Science and traditional knowledge; open to influence of others including new generations of northerners and academics

Building capacity; participating in advocacy initiatives; sharing ideas, resources; link to other national and international bodies