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KMI Workshop: Unangax̂: Maritime People in a Modern World

June 30, 2018

The Korea Maritime Institute (KMI), Canadian Studies Center, Global Studies Center, and East Asia Center, and the Aleut International Association (AIA) partnered to offer a workshop “Unangax̂: Maritime People in a Modern World” held in Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands. The workshop brought together representatives from KMI, AIA, and local Aleut organizations to better understand the growing political influence of the Aleut International Association in international affairs. The AIA is a Permanent Participant organization on the Arctic Council; KMI is an Observer State. Canada has a significant history in the Aleutian Islands where they fought side-by-side with the United States during the 1942 Japanese invasion. Hundreds of Aleut were relocated as a result of the War. Canadian Studies manages the KMI-Jackson School contract and its activities that are dedicated to building a greater understanding of Arctic Indigenous peoples in international relations.