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Strengthening ICC’s Regional Offices
Immediately following the 2002 General Assembly, the ICC Chair led a mission to Chukotka to meet with not only local Inuit (Yupik), but also with government officials and other indigenous leaders. The ICC Chairs message was clear: that ICC must be strong in this part of the Russian Federation in spite of the small number of Inuit living there. This mission was followed by several visits by the ICC Chair to Alaska where she encouraged the Alaskan Inuit to once again play a strong leadership role in ICC as they had done by helping to found the organization in 1977 and by taking a strong lead in many important files thereafter.
ICC Chukotka took important steps by re-registering the organization after policy changes on non-governmental organizations in Moscow resulted in a tenuous situation for ICC Chukotka. While ICC Chukotka still requires much assistance, the organization has also been strengthened during 2002 2006. While ICC Chukotka is first and foremost a regional non-governmental organization, it is at the same time a branch of an international organization, the Inuit Circumpolar Conference. This fact puts a great responsibility on the shoulders of the regional entity. ICC Chukotka now enjoy a good working relationship with the Russian Association of the Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON), the Department for the Indigenous Peoples of Chukotka, the Council of Representatives of the Indigenous Peoples of Chukotka under the Chukotka Government, the Sobriety Society, the Chukotka Association of Marine Hunters, and many others.
In Canada, ICC managed in 2002 – 2006 to maintain a strong regional ICC-Canada office in Ottawa, while at the same time host the Office of the Chair in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Funds for these offices were provided in the main by the Government of Canada and the Government of Nunavut, regional Inuit associations, and foundations in Canada and the USA.
In Greenland, ICC Greenland faced a declining budget allocation from the Greenland Home Rule Government as part of general governmental cutbacks. Still, ICC Greenland remained in 2002 2006 a strong regional office within the Inuit Circumpolar Conference.