Dr. Kanako Uzawa obtained a master's in Indigenous Studies and a doctorate in Community Planning and Cultural Understanding from the UiT Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, in 2020. She held an internship in the Project to Promote ILO Policy on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (PRO 169) at the International Labour Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland. Currently, she is an affiliated researcher at the Research Faculty of Media and Communication at Hokkaido University. Dr. Uzawa contributes to collaborative research and Ainu performing art on the multifaceted articulations of Indigenous knowledge. She is also a research collaborator with the ArCSII (Arctic Challenge for Sustainability). She sits on the editorial board member of AlterNative: an International Journal of Indigenous Peoples in New Zealand, Aotearoa.