Hosted by the University College of the North, the Land, Air, Water, People and Climate Change Conference is taking place on February 12 & 13, 2020, at the Thompson Regional Community Centre in Thompson, Manitoba.

Over the two days, registrants will engage in conversations that will broaden their sense of responsibility on their learning about climate change as a community member. Presentations will encourage critical thinking about climate change and the way we teaching it and the way we learn.


The international guest speaker for the conference is Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq. Angaangaq is a Shaman, Traditional Healer, and Carrier of the Qilaut (wind drum). He’s an Inuit-Kalaallit Elder whose family belongs to the traditional healers of the Far North, a peaceful culture, thousands of years old, the only country in the world where man lives and there has never been war: Kalaallit Nunaat, Greenland.

His name means ‘The Man Who Looks Like His Uncle’. Since a ceremony in Greenland in 2009 where the “sacred fire” was brought back to Greenland, he has carried the title “Angakkorsuaq” – “Great Shaman.”

His engagement for the environment and indigenous issues has brought him to over 70 countries in the world. Angaangaq is a keynote speaker at international conferences on climate change, environmental, and Indigenous issues. He has represented the Arctic peoples in the United Nations General Assembly, and frequently speaks before governments, at universities, forums, and summits.

Angaangaq’s teachings are deeply rooted in the wisdom and oral tradition of his people and summon us to bridge the distance from our minds to our hearts through strength and gentleness; through compassion and love; through courage and grace, bringing about personal transformation and global healing for the times to come.

You can find more program information here. The schedule is subject to change without notice.


Registration is free of charge. Deadline to register is: Friday, January 31st.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Kelly Forgala at [email protected] or 204-391-4419.