ASCH is dedicated to promoting research, exchanging knowledge and fostering greater awareness and responsiveness to the health issues of circumpolar people. The Society is a charter member of the International Union for Circumpolar Health (IUCH) and actively involved with the planning and organizing of the International Congress for Circumpolar Health (ICCH) held every three years.
The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.
The Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (AICBR) is a unique Northern organization that works to bring together multiple groups and sectors on issues that are identified by and relevant to their partners. Current priorities include food security and food sovereignty, healthy lifestyles, youth engagement and mental health, and climate change adaptation.
The institute's mandate is to advance the study of the North American and circumpolar Arctic through the natural and social sciences, the arts and humanities, and to acquire, preserve, and disseminate information on physical, environmental, and social conditions in the North.
Created 1945 as a nonprofit tax-exempt research and educational organization based at McGill University in Montreal. The Institute moved to the University of Calgary in 1976. The U.S. Corporation of the Arctic Institute of North America is located at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.