UArctic was launched on June 12, 2001, endorsed by the Arctic Council and in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Rovaniemi Process and the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy.
The overall goal of the University of the Arctic is to create a strong, sustainable Circumpolar Arctic region by empowering indigenous peoples and other northerners through education, mobility and shared knowledge.
Lars Levi Læstadius' (October 1, 1800 - February 21, 1861) was a Swedish-SámiLutheran pastor. From the mid 1840s and onward he became the leader of the Laestadian movement. He was also an author, teetotaller and botanist; and gathered extensive information on pre-Christian Sámi mythology.