Wilfred Richard has been appointed as
Research Fellow at the Uummannaq Polar Institute

On January 4, 2012, Ann Andreasen, Chair of the Board of Greenland’s Uummannaq Polar Institute (UPI), announced the appointment of Wilfred E. Richard as Research Fellow. The appointment follows several visits by Dr. Richard to Uummannaq in which he has collaborated with UPI with the assistance of Kunuunnguaq Fleischer of the Greenland Department of Education and Research. Aspects of his work in Uummannaq will appear in Richard's forthcoming book, “Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast”.

As a Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Research Collaborator, Will has done field research in conjunction with the UPI on stress factors of climate, economic, and sovereign change and their affect on cultural heritage and traditional ecological knowledge.

Richard’s work has been crucial in establishing UPI’s relationships with other institutions like the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and Maine's Chewonki Foundation of Wiscasset, Maine.

Ann & Ole
Ann Andreasen and Ole Jørgen Hammeken
pose with life size figure of Admiral Peary

Will's work with UPI and Børnehjemmet in Greenland has led Uummannaq's becoming a member chapter of the International Appalachian Trail (IAT) that extends from Maine though Canada to Greenland and onto Europe.
Will, as a 16-year member of the Maine IAT Board, is coordinating a hiking trip to be led by UPI staff member René Kristensen with students from Børnehjemmet. That trip will begin with a strenuous trek through the mountains of Greenland’s Nuussuaq Peninsula in northwestern Greenland. In 2010, with René Kristensen and Børnehjemmet student Hans Gundel and Dick Anderson, Founder of the IAT, we did a driving tour of Maine’s section of the IAT. René has fallen in love with Mt. Katahdin. Then following air travel from Kangerlussuaq to Boston or Portland by René and students, the hike will continue – in Maine – along its section of the IAT, which extends from Mt. Katahdin to the New Brunswick border.

Dick Anderson, Hans Gundel, and René Kristensen with Mt. Katahdin in background

In October, the ASC will sponsor the Biennial Conference of the Inuit Studies Association (ISA).
This marks the first time the ISA conference will be held in the “lower 48 states”. Børnehjemmet, the Children’s Home of Uummannaq, will have a presenter on the ISA Youth Panel, a contingent of drum dancers, and a showing of the film “Le Voyage d’Inuk”, a coming-of-age story featuring the young people of Greenland who will matriculate from Børnehjemmet to pursue further education and careers in Greenland and / or Denmark. At the ISA conference, there will be an exhibit of Will's Arctic photography.