Alycia Mutual serves as an Associate within the Arts, Culture and Heritage Unit at Polar Research and Policy Initiative.
She is originally from Calgary, Alberta, and completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Calgary with a major in Communications and Culture. There, she took a course titled “Canada in the Circumpolar World” which sparked her interest in northern studies.
After working as a Volunteer Coordinator for various arts festivals in Calgary, Alycia returned to school and moved to Prince George, British Columbia, with the goal of further learning about northern issues. She recently completed a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) with a focus on Northern Studies, Political Science, and English.
While attending UNBC, Alycia participated in the University of the Arctic’s 2012 Student Forum, traveled to Fairbanks, AK, Yellowknife, NT, Inuvik, NT, and Kuujjuaq, QC, to conduct interviews for her own research as well as for her supervisor, and was the President of the UNBC Northern Research Group. She was also on the steering committee for the eighth triennial International Congress of the Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS). Her thesis compared how northern and national newspapers portray resource development in the Beaufort Sea region.