ArcticStat is a statistical databank dedicated to the countries, regions and populations of the circumpolar Arctic. It was created for the purpose of facilitating the comparative study of the socio-economic living conditions of the inhabitants of the Arctic by centralizing in one location data that already exists but that is dispersed and often difficult to find. So far, ArcticStat is the only socio-economic databank entirely dedicated to the circumpolar Arctic regions.

ArcticStat covers 30 Arctic regions belonging to 8 countries: Alaska; Canadian North; Greenland; Iceland; the Faroe Islands; the northern regions of Norway, Sweden and Finland; as well as the Arctic regions of the Russian Federation. The indicators included in ArcticStat refer to the population, language, health, education, migration, economy, labour market and other social realities. ArcticStat provides easy and direct access to more than 5,300 tables.

ArcticStat is available via the Internet and is free. It basically operates as a portal by directing the users to the tables in the sites where they are published. When this is not possible, users can access a copy of the tables stored in the ArcticStat database. The site was designed in a way that makes it easy to use. The search engine is in fact made up of three menus from which users are required to make a choice: countries and regions; indicators and sub-indicators; years. A search may also be made from an interactive map.

ArcticStat is updated on a regular basis, and new indicators are added periodically. A page of metadata operating on the same principle as the statistics page is available, and it, also, is updated on a regular basis.

The data included in ArcticStat come primarily from the national statistics agencies. They are grouped into a coherent and systematic corpus, making it possible to describe, analyze, interpret and compare the living conditions of the Arctic populations. In addition to contributing to drastically reducing the time spent on locating data, ArcticStat can help the decision-making process by facilitating access to valid and up-to-date information. It can also be used as a pedagogic resource for teaching, research and distribution of knowledge, especially for those who are involved in programmes dedicated to the Arctic and to aboriginal people such as those offered by the universities affiliated with the University of the Arctic.

The ArcticStat project is officially recognized by the Arctic Council. It is also a major Canadian contribution to the International Polar Year.

ArcticStat was primarily financed by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), by the Louis-Edmond-Hamelin Chair for Nordic social sciences research as well as by the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.


La Chaire de recherche Sentinelle Nord sur les relations avec les sociétés inuit a fait paraître en novembre 2019 les résultats de son projet de recherche intitulé Femmes inuit, justice et harmonie sociale au Nunavik. Les résultats sont disponibles dans un rapport de recherche trilingue et un portrait statistique.

Le nouveau site d'ArcticStat a été mis en ligne le 12 novembre 2019. Ce site, créé par Gérard Duhaime et Andrée Caron, a été mis en ligne durant l'Année polaire internationale en 2007. La nouvelle version offre plus de 11 600 tableaux de données portant sur la situation socio-économique des régions arctiques circumpolaires. Elle est accessible sur un portable, un téléphone intelligent ou une tablette.

À l’occasion de la conférence Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit 2019, le 12 novembre 2019, a eu lieu le lancement du Arctic Yearbook 2019. L’ouvrage édité par Lassi Heininen, peut être consulté sur le site Arctic Portal.

Une étudiante de la chaire, Laurie Fournier-Dufour, a assisté à la Conférence nationale pour mettre fin à l'itinérance ayant eu lieu à Edmonton du 4 au 6 novembre dernier. Cet événement était organisé par l'Alliance canadienne pour mettre fin à l'itinérance ((ACMFI).  Laurie a reçu un soutien financier de Les Offices Jeunesses Internationaux du Québec pour participer à cette conférence.

Dr. Karen Everett, stagiaire postdoctorale à la chaire, a participé à la rédaction d'un livre intitulé The North-American Arctic, publié chez UCL Press. Son chapitre, Canada's Northern Borders in the Context of National Border Regimes, est en partie basé sur sa thèse Securitization, Borders, and the Canadian North: A Regional Approach, dans laquelle elle examine la sécurité dans le Nord canadien et explore comment la théorie de la sécurisation et les principes de la gouvernance à plusieurs niveaux peuvent contribuer au processus d'élaboration des politiques publiques.