Co-hosted by Vancouver Island University (British Columbia) and Yukon College (Yukon), the IPTRNs 6th International conference – “Creative Forces in Polar Regions: Tourism, Culture, Innovation, and Change” – will explore issues and opportunities in Polar tourism in relation to: the cultural sector, economic diversification, planning, community development, Indigenous sovereignty and reconciliation processes, globalization, and environmental innovation (e.g., management, problem-solving, climate change).

Previous IPTRN conferences have been held in Kangiqsujuaq, Nunavik (2008, Université du Québec à Montréal and community hosts), Abisko, Sweden (2010, Umeå University and Abisko Research Station), Nain, Nunatsiavut (2012, Lakehead University, University of Northern British Columbia and community hosts), Christchurch, New Zealand (2014, Lincoln University, University of Canterbury, and community hosts). The 2016 conference was held in Akureyri, Iceland (Icelandic Tourism Research Centre and community hosts).

JUNE 22-28, 2018 – Yukon Territory, Canada

Conference and study tour features include:

  • Set to begin in Whitehorse
  • Will spend time primarily in a few yet-to-be determined Yukon communities
  • Will end in time for participants to participate in the one-week long internationally acclaimed Adäka First Nations Arts and Culture Festival (Whitehorse):
  • Will follow the IPTRN conference model: Paper sessions and academic presentations, “study tour”,  discussion forums, local presentations and talks, interactive community workshops

A call for papers will be sent out in early 2017

For more information about the IPTRN go to:  For information on the 2018 Yukon conference, please contact Dr. Suzanne de la Barre: or Dr. Patrick Brouder:

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