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Food Congress is to be held in Guovdageaidnu (Kautokeino), Norway on March 9-13, 2020.

The event will have a youth profile, while the program will include cooking, demonstration of traditional foods and dishes, modern cuisine, preparation and processing, and will include a multitude of indigenous food cultures, traditional indigenous knowledge, traditions, stories and menus. There will also be a conference with presentations based on traditional indigenous knowledge and science. The event will display the diversity of food resources and systems of Arctic indigenous peoples, including reindeer and caribou meat, moose meat, fish, birds, berries, plants and so on.

The week-long event is envisioned to culminate with a grand feast dinner the opening night of the food conference on Thursday March 12. The whole event is to be a celebration of the unique food systems of Arctic indigenous peoples.

Food Innovation Leadership Workshop

As part of the 1st Arctic Indigenous Peoples´ Food Congress there will be a training workshop for Arctic indigenous youth - ´Food innovation leadership´. It is a practical oriented workshop led by Nord University Business School together with UArctic EALAT Institute, International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and Association of World Reindeer Herders. Participation in the workshop is limited to 20 students. We welcome Arctic indigenous youth that are/or wish to be food entrepreneurs and food innovators. Due to limited participation there may be a need to prioritize youth. Participation in the workshop is without cost.

The main organisers of the event is the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH), International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR), UArctic EALÁT Institute at ICR (UEI), the Arctic Council EALLU Project, and the RCN Rievdan Research Project WP3.

Go to the Food Congress page on to register. Please, read the Practical Information before fill in the registration form. 


Arctic Indigenous Youth workshop

As part of the 1st Arctic Indigenous Peoples´ Food Congress there will be a training workshop for Arctic indigenous youth - ´Food innovation leadership´.

Arctic indigenous youth interested in food, innovation and business idea planning are welcome. Organized by the UArctic EALAT Institute in collaboration with Professor Bjørn Willy Åmo, Northern University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We welcome young people from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, North America and Greenland. Workshops are unique and practically oriented that focus on creative processes that identify business ideas and the development of new business concepts related to traditional indigenous knowledge, about food culture and resources. The course provides students with an introduction to how new business ideas are identified and developed into viable business concepts, including traditional indigenous people's knowledge of food production and conservation as a basis for innovation and business models. We will identify and understand how to bring business ideas to markets, develop a business concept, analyze business opportunities, identify their own entrepreneurial potential, participate in creative business development processes, grasp basic concepts of innovation and circular economics, and understand the basics of indigenous food systems and traditional indigenous people's knowledge of food. At the same time, you get to attend professional seminars, about new methods for slaughter of reindeer, traditional caribou hunters' knowledge, reconciliation processes between Arctic food knowledge, Arctic indigenous food congresses, chefs and food competitions.

Sign up for the workshop using this link.

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