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International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences VIII: Northern Sustainabilities
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5/22/2014 to 5/26/2014
When: 5/22/2014
Where: University of Northern British Columbia
Prince George, British Columbia 
Contact: Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

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The International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) announces the 8th International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS VIII). It will be held 22-26 May 2014, at the main campus of the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.

ICASS VIII's theme is "Northern Sustainabilities." The plural is used to underscore that 'sustainability' has social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental dimensions; and that definitions of the concept vary. Nonetheless, while debating specific definitions, most would agree that working toward sustainable ways of living in the North and on approaches to sustainable engagement with the North, are critical both to the North's and to the world's future. Community sustainability in the North, whether for small settlements or large urban conglomerations, requires new models of food and energy security, and access to employment, health care, and social and cultural services for residents. The North is faced with demographic challenges to sustainability. Appropriate governance regimes for renewable and non-renewable resources underpin sustainable development.

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