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2020

The Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska releases Inuit led report: Food Sovereignty and Self-Governance – Inuit Role in Arctic Marine Resource Management

The Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska, in collaboration with partners, is pleased to release the report: Food Sovereignty and Self-Governance – Inuit Role in Arctic Marine Resource Management. This Inuit-led report illuminates the unique and rich Inuit values and management practices that have successfully safeguarded the Arctic for thousands of years.

Inuit Stand in Solidarity — Black Lives Matter

In the midst of the continuing rallies, the Inuit Circumpolar Council stands in solidarity with all Black and racialized people and denounces the racist and discriminatory actions that have triggered the social revolt calling for an end to police brutality, systemic racism, and discrimination in the U.S. and throughout societies across the globe.

Coronavirus and other health risks among Inuit

As the world community initiates response to increasing number of coronavirus outbreaks, ICC expresses concern about how our rural, remote communities are potentially at much higher risk and exposure to such epidemics due to the chronic lack of basic infrastructure, including lack of sewer and running water in many of our communities.

2019

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2017

An Inuit Vision for the Future of the Pikialasorsuaq

Copenhagen, Denmark; Nuuk, Greenland; Iqaluit, Nunavut; Nov. 23, 2017 The Inuit Circumpolar Council’s Pikialasorsuaq Commission is calling for the creation of an Inuit- identified, Inuit-managed protected area in the ecologically and culturally significant area shared...

Inuit Day 2017

Bonn, Germany and Ottawa, Canada Today Inuit celebrate unity and solidarity. Forty years ago Eben Hopson, the visionary Inupiat leader from Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska called on Inuit from Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Chukotka to work together in support each other, to defend Inuit Rights, and to make certain no Inuit community is left behind as […]

ICC Pikialasorsuaq Commission Calls for Postponement of Russian Rocket Launch

Ottawa, Ontario. The Inuit Circumpolar Council Pikialasorsuaq Commissioners are calling on the Governments of Canada and Denmark to demand the postponement of a Russian rocket launch scheduled to deliver a European Space Agency satellite to orbit on October 13th while alternative, non-toxic launch options are pursued. Russia has used and continues to use re-purposed SS-19 […]

Nancy Karetak-Lindell Named Acting Chair of Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC)

ICC Chair Okalik Eegeesiak declared her candidacy for election to the Nunavut legislature on Friday, September 29, 2017 and will be on an unpaid leave of absence from ICC until October 30, 2017. At the ICC meetings held in Nain, Nunatsiavut last week, it was decided that Nancy Karetak-Lindell will be Acting ICC Chair for […]

13th ICC General Assembly “Inuit – The Arctic We Want”

Ottawa, ON – Inuit from Canada, Alaska, Greenland and Chukotka will come together July 16-19, 2018 on the shores of the confluence of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, in Utqiagvik, Alaska for the 13th ICC General Assembly under the banner “Inuit – The Arctic We Want”. ICC Chair, Okalik Eegeesiak is pleased to announce that […]

ICC Calls on the Global Community to Work with Inuit for the Future of the Arctic Ocean

United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY. – June 7, 2017 – In celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8, Herb Angik Nakimayak, Vice President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, called on the global community to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources” […]

ICC Takes the Opportunity to Observe and Reflect the Arctic Council Ministerial

Fairbanks, Alaska – ICC Chair, Okalik Eegeesiak said yesterday at the Arctic Council Ministerial in Fairbanks, “Last year the Arctic Council celebrated twenty years – this year the Inuit Circumpolar Council celebrates 40 years. Eegeesiak shared, “We need to take a moment to step back and observe where we have come from, where we are […]

Utqiaġvik to Host Inuit Circumpolar Council’s 2018 General Assembly

Utqiaġvik, Alaska – The Inuit Circumpolar Council is pleased to announce that it has accepted the gracious offer from the North Slope Borough to host ICC’s 13th General Assembly July 16- 19, 2018 in Utqiaġvik, Alaska. In his commitment letter to host the event, Mayor Harry Brower Jr. stated “As Inuit, we are the people […]

Circumpolar Inuit forge path towards international business cooperation

Anchorage, Alaska – Representatives of Inuit businesses, economic development corporations, and governments from Canada, Greenland, Alaska and Chukotka, Russia attending an economic summit in Anchorage concluded the meeting with agreement to pursue closer cooperation across the circumpolar region. The summit was facilitated by the Inuit Circumpolar Council as mandated by the 2014 Kitigaaryuit Declaration which […]

ICC Pikialasorsuaq Commission Shaping Recommendations from Community Testimony

Ottawa, Ontario – The ICC Pikialasorsuaq Commissioners met this week to consider the wealth of testimony they heard over the summer and fall in Canada and Greenland on the past, present and future of the Pikialasorsuaq. The Pikialasorsuaq, The Great Upwelling, is also referred to as the North Water Polynya in the northern part of […]

Inuit to Crown Partnership Declaration Herbert Nakimayak, Vice President

Iqaluit, Nunavut (February 9, 2017) – Canada and Inuit have an important and recognized leadership role in the future of the circumpolar Arctic. Recent global events and the emergence of more nationalistic sentiments has made the position of the Arctic and its place in international affairs even more important. A new Arctic Policy with a […]

2016

Four Countries, One People: Inuit Strengthen Arctic Co-operation

Good afternoon (if past noon). My name is Nancy Karetak-Lindell. I was born and raised on the shores of western Hudson Bay in Arviat in the Kivaliq region of Nunavut. I was the Member of Parliament for Nunavut from 1997 to 2008 and since then I have served my community in many capacities. It is […]

November 7th – Inuit Day

November 7, 2016 – Iqaluit, Nunavut – Okalik Eegeesiak, ICC Chair, invites you to celebrate the Arctic and those who call it home on November 7th for “Inuit Day”. The 2006 Utqiaġvik Declaration instructedICC to annually proclaim November 7th, the birth date of ICC visionary, Eben Hopson Sr., as “Inuit Day”. Eben Hopson was one […]

Cooperation and Meaningful Inclusion Leads to Success

I would like to thank Roseann Runte, Careleton University’s president, for giving me theopportunity to speak to you today. I would also like to thank our co-chairs, John Higginbotham and Jennifer Spence for having done a fantastic job of guiding us this morning. It is so important to celebrate the good things that happen in […]

Creating Equitable Economic Development for Inuit

Good afternoon. My name is Nancy Karetak-Lindell. I was born and raised on the shores of western Hudson Bay in Arviat in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut. I was the Member of Parliament for Nunavut from 1997 to 2008. I have always tried to give back to my community and territory in different capacities as […]

Join ICC in Celebrating International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

August 9, 2016 – Okalik Eegeesiak, ICC Chair, invites everyone to join the 370 million indigenous peoples worldwide including the 160,000 Inuit to celebrate International Day of theWorld’s Indigenous Peoples. It is a day to celebrate indigenous peoples’ incredible diversity,knowledge and unique place in the world. The cultural diversity that indigenous peoples bring to the […]

Russian Rocket debris will not fall in no-man’s land

June 2, 2016 – The rocket scheduled to drop into Canada’s Arctic waters this weekend is a concern for Inuit. “There are questions regarding the environmental impact of the fuel hydrazine in Arctic waters and the metaldebris field could pose a danger to Arctic wildlife and Inuit”, stated Okalik Eegeesiak, Chair of the InuitCircumpolar Council […]

ICC Canada Applauds Canada Implementation Action of UNDRIP “It’s a new beginning”

May 10, 2016 – Arviat, Nunavut – Nancy Karetak-Lindell, President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Canada applauds the Canadian government’s full endorsement of the UN Declaration on the Rightsof Indigenous Peoples. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs today announced at UN headquarters in New York that Canada will shift its position on […]

Inuit led Pikialasorsuaq Commission Completes Hearings in Grise Fiord and Pond Inlet

May 2, 2016 – Pond Inlet – The Pikialasorsuaq Commission completed the initial community hearings in Grise Fiord and Pond Inlet, Nunavut. The hearings spanned 5 days in the two communities with additional participation from community members from Clyde River, Arctic Bay and Resolute Bay. In addition to Commissioner Kuupik V. Kleist, the commission was […]

New ICC Canada President

April 8, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – The board of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Canada appointed today a new president. Ms. Karetak-Lindell said she was honoured to have been given the confidence of the Inuit leaders who represent the four Inuit land claims organizations in Canada. As ICC Canada president, Ms. Karetak-Lindell becomes the […]

Inuit Circumpolar Council states the Need for Inuit Knowledge in Evidence Based Decision Making

March 23, 2016 – Iqaluit, Nunavut – The 3rd Biennial Arctic Observing Summit concluded Friday, March 18th in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Summit brought together over 450 delegates from 30 countries, including scientists, Indigenous peoples from across the circumpolar Arctic, as well as government and industry representatives. Delegates discussed research needs related to climate change and […]

Inuit Circumpolar Council Salutes the Canada-USA Statement on Arctic Cooperation

Friday March 11, 2016 – The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) applauds the joint statement released by the United States and Canadian governments on Arctic cooperation. In particular, ICC appreciates the attention given to issues related to climate change, renewable energy needs, shipping safety and impacts, Arctic fisheries, Indigenous Knowledge, the importance of Indigenous Peoples of […]

Inuit led Pikialaorsuaq Commission to Study the Important Northwater Polyna

January 19, 2016 – Iqaluit, Nunavut and Nuuk, Greenland – The Inuit Circumpolar Council, Office of the Chair and the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Greenland have initiated the Pikialaorsuaq Commission to consult with Canadian and Greenlandic communities that are most closely connected to the North Water Polyna (Pikialaorsuaq in Greenlandic). The Pikialaorsuaq Commission will be led […]

2015

Progress Made in Paris: ICC Urges Action Now

Ottawa – The climate change treaty finalized today in Paris is “historic,” said Okalik Eegeesiak, Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) “but we recognize the compromise in the text.” Eegeesiak led the circumpolar Inuit delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 21 talks in Paris and worked hard with all […]

“1.5 Degrees is More Than Enough” Arctic and Island States Call on Leaders to Agree to Deep Cuts to Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Paris, France – Voices from some of the world’s coldest and hottest regions were raised in unison today calling for ambitious greenhouse gas emissions targets that would limit the average global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The call was issued by Indigenous Peoples’ representatives from the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Saami Council, the Pacific and […]

ICC Canada and ITK Urges the Government to Enhance the Northern Contaminants Program

Vancouver, Canada – Duane Smith, President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Canada is in Vancouver, British Columbia attending the Northern Contaminants Program Results Workshop. The NCP Results Workshop, held every other year, is the main venue for Canadian scientists, indigenous peoples and policy-makers to focus attention on the breadth of issues related to contaminants […]

ICC Urges Leaders to Lead At Climate Change Negotiations

Paris, France – Okalik Eegeesiak, Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) is the Head of the Inuit Delegation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 21 in Paris and has been advocating on behalf of Inuit. Work on the draft text finished on Saturday and will be handed over to Ministers […]

ICC Canada Applauds Canada’s Recognition of the Value of Indigenous Knowledge and Encourages its Use in Climate and Fisheries Discussions

December 3, 2015 – Washington, D.C. – Duane Smith, President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Canada is in Washington D.C. discussing the future of Central Arctic Ocean fisheries with the Arctic Five countries (Canada, Russia, United States, Denmark and Norway). “Inuit have been observing and monitoring Arctic wildlife and climate for 1000’s of years […]

Okalik Eegeesiak Addresses Global Indigenous Peoples in Paris

December 1, 2015 – Paris, France – Okalik Eegeesiak, Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) addressed global Indigenous peoples, world leaders, civil society and special guests and at the opening of the International Indigenous Peoples Pavilion at the UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris. Ms. Eegeesiak and Ms. Aile Javo, President of the Saami Council […]

Inuit Delegation Is Going to COP 21 in Paris

November 25, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) will be sending a delegation headed by Okalik Eegeesiak, Chair of ICC to advocate on behalf of Circumpolar Inuit at the upcoming United Nations climate change negotiations in Paris, France, November 30-December 11, 2015. Inuit delegates will join with indigenous peoples from around […]

ICC Commends the Polar Range States Recognition of Traditional Knowledge in Polar Bear Management

September 4, 2015 – Ilulissat, Greenland – The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) commends the representatives of the Polar Bear Range States (Canada, United States of America, Kingdom of Denmark (Greenland), Russian Federation, Norway) for the establishment of a Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) working group. This working group will establish guidelines for the inclusion of TEK […]

Inuit Circumpolar Council Executive Council Meets in Bethel, Alaska

August 20, 2015 – Bethel, Alaska – The executive council of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) held it’s Executive Council Meeting in Bethel, Alaska on 18-19 August 2015. ICC represents the international interests of more than 160,000 Inuit from Russia (Chukotka), USA (Alaska), northern Canada and Greenland. The executive council is currently chaired by J. […]

Exemptions Help But EU Seal Ban Must Go

(August 7, 2015 – Hawaii, USA) – The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) is encouraged that Inuit harvested sealskins inNunavut now qualify for an exemption to the European Union’s 2009 ban on seal imports and similar to Greenland’s 2013exemption. Although this is a small victory for all Inuit the whole EU Seal Ban should be scrapped. […]

ICC Applauds Adoption of Central Arctic Ocean Fishing Moratorium

July 17, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), is heartened to learn that the five Arctic coastal states (Canada, Russia, United States, Denmark and Norway) have agreed to sign a moratorium on commercial fishing in the Central Arctic Ocean (CAO). This agreement was crafted one year ago in Nuuk, Greenland, but […]

ICC Co-Hosts Circumpolar Mental Wellness Symposium

March 25, 2015 – Iqaluit, Nunavut – The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), the Government of Canada and the Government of Nunavut are co-hosting a circumpolar mental wellness symposium being held in Iqaluit, Nunavut, March 25-27. The purpose of the three-day symposium is to share best practices, Indigenous knowledge and community perspectives on mental wellness and […]

Arctic Indigneous Peoples Working To Promote The Vitality Of Their Languages

Ottawa, Canada – 10 February 2015 – Athabaksan, Inuit, Saami, Aleut, Gwich’in,along with indigenous representatives from Russia are meeting in Ottawa this weekas part of a major Arctic Council effort to promote the vitality of the Arctic’sindigenous languages. They are joined by linguists, policy specialists, and other indigenous languages experts. Hosted by the Inuit Circumpolar […]

Inuit Circumpolar Council Executive Council Meets in Nuuk, Greenland

January 20, 2015 – Ottawa, ON – The executive council of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) met in Nuuk, Greenland on 13-15 January 2015 for their biannual strategy and planning session. ICC represents the international interests of more than 150,000 Inuit from Russia (Chukotka), USA (Alaska), northern Canada and Greenland. The executive council is currently […]

2014

Inuit Views Presented at the Economist’s Canada Summit

TORONTO – 3 December 2014 – Duane Smith of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) was invited by The Economist to present the views of Inuit at its premier Canadian event held here today, called The Canada Summit: Confronting the Big Questions. The event’s main panellists and speakers included Alberta’sPremier Jim Prentice and Bank of Canada […]

Inuit Views Presented At The Economist’s Canada Summit

TORONTO – 3 December 2014 – Duane Smith of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) was invited by The Economist to present the views of Inuit at its premier Canadian event held here today, called The Canada Summit: Confronting the Big Questions. The event’s main panellists and speakers included Alberta’sPremier Jim Prentice and Bank of Canada […]

Inuit inspired by strong global support at high level UN indigenous peoples conference; disappointed with dissenting voice from Canadian government

New York – 25 September 2014 – The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) expressed its excitement today over an Outcome Document emanating from the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, a high level United Nations event that ended yesterday in New York. ICC Canada President, Duane Ningaqsiq Smith, said he is very pleased that after several months […]

Inuit inspired by strong global support at high level UN indigenous peoples conference; disappointed with dissenting voice from Canadian government

New York – 25 September 2014 – The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) expressed its excitement today over an Outcome Document emanating from the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, a high level United Nations event that ended yesterday in New York. ICC Canada President, Duane Ningaqsiq Smith, said he is very pleased that after several months […]

One Arctic, One Future Inuit Circumpolar Council General Assembly Concludes With Plans For Increased Inuit Cooperation And Coordination

July 24, 2014, Inuvik, NWT – The Inuit Circumpolar Council General Assembly, a quadrennial gathering of Inuit leaders from Canada, Greenland, Chukotka (Russia) and Alaska, concluded today with the signing and adoption of the Kitigaaryuit Declaration. This Declaration outlines the guiding principles and activities for the ICC over the next four years and is inspired […]

Election Results of VP International

July 19, 2014 – Inuvik, Northwest Territories – The Inuit Circumpolar Council, Canada is pleased to announce that Herb Nakimayak was elected as Vice President – International at today’s Annual General Meeting in Inuvik. Mr. Duane Smith was acclaimed as ICC President at the close of the call for nominations on July 23, 2014. This […]

2013

2012

Inuit Circumpolar Council Celebrates Inuit Day

OTTAWA – 7 November 2012 –Duane Smith, President of Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada today called on all Inuit and all Canadians to celebrate Inuit Day. In 2006 ICC General Assembly in Barrow, Alaska instructed ICC to “annually proclaim the November 7th birth date of ICC visionary, Eben Hopson, Sr., as Inuit Day, and to urge […]

Circumpolar Inuit leader applauds appointment of Leona Aglukkaq as Arctic Council Chair

Ottawa, 23 August 2012 – The president of the Canadian chapter of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC Canada) is happy about the prime ministerial appointment of Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq as the next Chair of the Arctic Council. Duane Smith said in Ottawa today, “ICC believes that this appointment means the Canadian government is serious […]

Little progress on atmospheric mercury emissions at fourth UN negotiations

10 July 2012 – Punta del Este, Uruguay/Ottawa, Canada – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) fourth Intergovernmental Negotiations Committee (INC) met from June 27th until July 2nd in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The goal of the negotiations is to have a legally binding, global treaty on mercury ready for adoption by October 2013. The […]

2011

Inuit Deeply Concerned about Canada’s Decision to Withdraw from Kyoto

15 December, 2011 –Ottawa, Canada – Inuit are Deeply Concerned About Canada’s Decision towithdraw from Kyoto. ICC Canada’s President, Duane Smith, said, “The news that Canada has withdrawn from Kyoto comes as a great disappointment to Inuit in Canada and the circumpolar world. In the past, Canada was seen as a global leader on many […]

Circumpolar Inuit to Global Leaders in Durban: Don’t Abandon Kyoto

06 December, 2011 – Ottawa, Canada – The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), representing Inuit from Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and Chukotka, Russia, released a document today addressed to global leaders assembled for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meetings in Durban. The Inuit Call to Global Leaders highlights the importance of strong commitments from […]

No consensus on atmospheric mercury emissions at UN negotiations

Wednesday November 9, 2011 – Ottawa, Canada – The Intergovernmental Negotiations Committee (INC) under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) met in Nairobi last week (October 31st to Nov 4th) to discuss the development of a legally-binding agreement on mercury. This meeting was the third meeting of the INC. Negotiations started in 2010, and are […]

2010

Inuit Call on Global Leaders at CoP 16: Help us Sustain our Homeland – Take Immediate Action on Climate Change

The Inuit Circumpolar Council supports the Arctic Council Statement to the UNFCCC CoP 16 that states,“Combating climate change is an urgent common challenge for the international community and requiresimmediate global action”. The Inuit Circumpolar Council welcomed the UNFCCC Copenhagen Accord,supporting the urgency for Action but is disappointed that not enough “action” has been taken since […]

General Assembly of Inuit from Russia, USA, Canada and Greenland in Nuuk, Greenland to Address Issues of Critical Importance to the Future of the Circumpolar Arctic, and the place of the Arctic in the wider world

Inuit leaders from Russia, Canada, the United States and Greenland convene this summer in Nuuk, Greenland for the 11th General Assembly of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC). Also attending will be political leaders from territorial and state governments in the circumpolar world and various Arctic Indigenous peoples including representatives of the Saami Council and the […]

Inuit Leader says Minister Cannon Prorogued the Arctic

Inuvik – 30 March 2010 – The Canadian President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Canada says that by shutting out Inuit at yesterday’s 5-nation Arctic Ocean summit, Canada’s Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon has essentially done to the Arctic what Prime Minister did to parliament last month. “He prorogued the Arctic Council and essentially shut […]

Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Applauds International Trade Polar Bear Report

Inuvik, 22 January 2010 — The decision by TRAFFIC, the international wildlife trade monitoring network, to reject the proposal by the USA Government to have polar bears listed as threatened with extinction under CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species) has been supported by the president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Canada, Duane […]

2009

Inuit Call to Global Leaders: Act Now on Climate Change in the Arctic

— November 13, 2009 — The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) is an indigenous peoples’ organization, founded in 1977 to promote and celebrate the unity of 160,000 Inuit from Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Russia. As the international voice of Inuit, ICC is calling upon global leaders at the December UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties […]

Circumpolar Inuit Health Summit July 9-10, 2009 Yellowknife, NWT

Inuit from across the Arctic met in Yellowknife this week to focus on the health and wellness challenges confronting circumpolar Inuit. Organized by the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), this first-ever Circumpolar Inuit Health Summit provided participants an opportunity to share information on national initiatives in Inuit health and to promote promising practices. “This Summit is […]

Inuit Circumpolar Council Names New Chair

Nuuk, Greenland, 18 June 2009 – The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) announced the appointment of James (Jimmy) Stotts as its new Chair. Mr. Stotts, an Alaskan Iñupiaq from Barrow, Alaska, replaces Patricia Cochran who resigned as ICC Chair last week. He was unanimously elected by the ICC executive council at a special meeting held here […]

Circumpolar Inuit Launch Declaration on Arctic Sovereignty

Tromsø, Norway – 28 April 2009 – Inuit leaders from Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and Russia today launched a Circumpolar Inuit Declaration on Arctic Sovereignty. In developing this declaration, the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) worked with Inuit across the circumpolar Arctic over the past six months to address the increasing focus by outsiders on the Inuit […]

European Union Knows Proposed Seal Ban Would Be Unlawful

Ottawa, Ontario – March 27, 2009 – Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC Canada) today revealed that the Council of the European Union (EU) has been told by its own legal advisors that a proposed EU-wide ban on seal product imports would contravene both the EU’s own Charter and the EU’s […]

Inuit of Canada Expect Substantial Consultations Prior to Canadian Polar Bear Listing

Monday January 19, 2009 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Inuit leaders were in Winnipeg Manitoba on Friday January 16, 2009, to attend the National Polar Bear Roundtable hosted by the Federal Minister of Environment, Jim Prentice. The Roundtable also included government, non- government organizations, Wildlife Management Boards, and scientists to address Canada’s Polar Bear listing, […]

2008

Pan-Inuit Sovereignty Summit To Convene In November

November 29, 2008, Ilulissat, Greenland – Aqqaluk Lynge, President of the Greenland chapter of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) as well as ICC Vice Chair, told foreign ministers gathered here yesterday from Norway, Denmark, USA, and Canada that much of the Arctic belongs to Inuit. He stressed the importance of including Inuit in any negotiations […]

Canadian Inuit Call for Direct Say on Arctic Sovereignty

2 June 2008, Inuvik – Canadian Inuit say that the foreign ministers of five Arctic nations that met in Ilulissat, Greenland last week to discuss Arctic sovereignty forgot about the fiduciary obligations toward Inuit in the Ilulissat Declaration they signed. “Our Canadian land claims and self-government processes makes it mandatory for the Federal Government to […]

In the wake of the May 14 listing of Polar Bear as a threatened species

In the wake of the May 14 listing of Polar Bear as a “threatened species” under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA), Ms. Patricia Cochran, International Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, called upon the Government of the United States to join with Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Norway and Russia to examine scientific data and traditional knowledge […]

ICC Canada Backgrounder On USA Environmental Groups’ Polar Bear Lawsuit

14 January 2008 Three USA-based environmental groups – including Greenpeace – have set in motion a litigation process against the USA Government because of delays in the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) decision on whether to list the Polar bear as threatened. In June 2007, ICC Canada President, Duane Smith, upon request of […]

2007

Indigenous people describe real perils of global warming

December 14, 2007 NUSA DUA, INDONESIA Indigenous people, including Canadian Inuit and Indian leaders, are emerging as some of the top stars of the Bali climate-change conference. From the Arctic to the South Pacific islands, indigenous people said they are among the first to suffer the worst effects of global warming. They drew connections between the planet’s north and south, describing how […]

Inuit Leader Announces Indigenous Peoples Global Summit on Climate Change

Bali, 11 December 2007 Inuit leader and chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Ms Patricia Cochran, has announced at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali that the Inuit Circumpolar Council will host an Indigenous Peoples Global Summit on Climate Change in 2009. Ms Cochran said the global summit to be held in Alaska in […]

Inuit Leaders at Bali Climate Change Conference Calling for Inclusion

Bali, 10 December 2007  Inuit leaders are attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali to meet with government leaders and UN officials, explaining to them how Inuit are trying to cope with the effects of climate change. The Inuit leadership is demanding that Inuit concerns, along with other indigenous peoples, will be part […]

Inuit Leader Calls for Inclusion In post kyoto Process At UN climate Change Summit

New York, 25 September 2007  Yesterday, almost 80 heads of state accepted the invitation of the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, to attend the UNs first-ever high level climate change summit. Mr. Ban also invited a few others from specific sectors of civil society affected most by climate change, including the Chair of the Inuit […]

Inuit Call on Canadian Navy Not to Dump Raw Sewage in the Arctic Ocean

Friday September 21, 2007 – Ottawa, Ontario Inuit oppose plans by the Canadian Navy to change practices regarding the dumping of food and other waste into the Arctic Ocean. “We call on the Canadian Navy, and other ships, to exercise restraint in changing their practices in this regard,” stated Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. “It’s clear the […]

Inuit Leader asks for Input to Arctic Sovereignty Talks at Montebello Summit

21 August 2007, Inuvik The President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Canada, Duane Smith, is concerned that USA President Bush and Canadas Prime Minister Stephen Harper are making important decisions about the fate of Arctic sovereignty without consulting Inuit in Alaska and Arctic Canada. After hearing that Mr. Bush and Mr. Harper met just […]

Climate Change: An Inuit Reality

UN Chronicle 24/05/2007 Duane Smith The United Nations Environment Programme characterizes the circumpolar Arctic as the worlds climate change barometer. The 160,000 Inuit who live in northern Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and Chukotka in Russia have for almost 20 years witnessed the natural environment changing as a result of global warming. I want to tell you […]

Inuit Recommend Changes to Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA)

Thursday, February 8, 2007, Ottawa, Ontario  Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), and Duane Smith President of Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada), today urged the Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development to recommend changes to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) which will result in tangible improvement for Inuit across Canada and throughout the circumpolar world. […]

Inuit Cite IPCC Results as Further Proof of Human Impacts Contributing to Climate Change: Inuit Call on Canada to Recognize Arctic in Foreign Policy and Commit Resources Towards Adaptation

Friday February 2, 2007 – Ottawa, Ontario The Inuit Circumpolar Council-Canada (ICC) and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), today responded to the conclusion of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes 4th Assessment, Working Group 1 (IPCC-WG1 Report) in concluding that human activities are the cause of climate change. The good news is that this highly credible report is now […]

2006

ICC Canada President Claims Partial Victory at Nairobi Climate Change Talks

Inuvik – Tuesday, 21 November 2006 After international climate change negotiations wound up last week, and as ministers from around the world returned to their respective countries, Duane Smith, the President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada), expressed his disappointment that the Canadian government did not stand in solidarity with other nation states in committing […]

ICC Canada Applauds Arctic Sovereignty Assertion by the Prime Minister and Calls for an Arctic Component to Canadas Climate Change Plan

Ottawa, August 11, 2006 Mr. Duane Smith, President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Canada today applauded the Prime Minister, visiting Iqaluit, for initiating Operation Lancaster, a major deployment of Canadas armed forces in the Canadian Eastern Arctic to bolster Canadas sovereignty over the Northwest Passage. He also applauded the Prime Ministers commitment to expand […]

Duane Smith To Head ICC-Canada For 4 More Years

OTTAWA , Tuesday, 20 June 2006 The Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC) Canada  will be led by the same president who presided over the organization during the last four years. Duane Smith of Inuvik, NWT first took over the organizations top position in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik in July 2002, the last time Inuit gathered together from Russia, […]

Chair Of Inuit Circumpolar Conference, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, To Receive Three Honours

Tuesday, May 9, 2006 Iqaluit, Nunavut Ms. Sheila Watt-Cloutier, the elected Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, expressed gratitude for the honors to be given to her in June. She is to receive an Honourary Degree of Law from the University of Winnipeg on June 4th, a Citation of Lifetime Achievement from Canadian Geographic at the […]

Seal Hunting In Canada: Inuit Respond To Sir Paul McCartney

Iqaluit, Nunavut, March 13, 2006 Speaking recently on the Larry King Live show, globally-known singer and former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney urged Canada to ban commercial seal harvesting. Calling sealing barbaric and archaic, he suggested to Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, that Canada buy out the sealers and promote seal watching instead. Today, […]

2005

Inuit Petition Inter-American Commission On Human Rights To Oppose Climate Change Caused By The United States Of America

December 7, 2005 Contact: Paul Crowley, ICC 613-323-0212 Terry Fenge, ICC 613-762-8999 MONTREAL Ms. Sheila Watt-Cloutier, the elected Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC), today submitted a petition to the Washington DC-based Inter-American Commission on Human Rights seeking relief from violations of the human rights of Inuit resulting from global warming caused by greenhouse […]

A Renewed ICC at Alaska General Assembly in 2006

Montreal, 4 December 2005 Amidst the UN Climate Change Conference being held here, the Executive Council of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC) met to sketch out the details for its 2006 General Assembly, which will be held in Barrow, Alaska. The executive council will be proposing to the 72 Inuit delegates from Russia, Alaska, Canada […]

Sheila Watt-Cloutier Awarded The Governor General’s Inaugural Northern Medal

September 23, 2005, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference received the first Governor General’s Northern Medal yesterday in a ceremony that took place at Rideau Hall. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, praised Ms. Watt-Cloutier as “an eloquent spokesperson for the North and an advocate […]

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Canadian Inuit Leader, Receives The 2005 Sophie Prize

June 15, 2005, Oslo And Ottawa Ms. Sheila Watt-Cloutier, the elected Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, today received the 2005 Sophie Prize at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway. The $100,000 Sophie Prize was established in 1997 by Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder, author of Sophies World, and his spouse Siri Dannevig. This globally important prize recognizes […]

Inuit Emphasize Remaining Work At First International Toxics Meeting

The Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, is calling on countries to live up to the promise of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Ms. Watt Cloutier made her remarks in Punta del Este in Uruguay where she is attending the first Conference of the Parties of countries that have ratified […]

Canadian Inuit Leader Sheila Watt-Cloutier Wins The International Environment And Development Sophie Prize

Ottawa And Iqaluit, Canada, April 20, 2005  The Jury of the Norwegian-based Sophie Prize today announced that Ms. Sheila Watt-Cloutier, elected Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, is the recipient of the 2005 Sophie Prize. Awarded annually since 1997, the jury cited Ms. Watt-Cloutiers work on climate change, specifying her efforts to bring human and human rights perspectives and […]

Canadian Inuit Leader Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Wins UNEP’s Champions Of The Earth Award

Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada, 13 April, 2005 The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), yesterday announced that Sheila Watt-Cloutier, elected Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC), was one of seven “Champions of the Earth.” Ms. Watt-Cloutier will receive this award at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on April 19. Additional recipients include: *King […]

2004

Inuit Feast On Traditional Food In Celebration Of The Stockholm Convention

May 17, 2004, Iqaluit, Nunavut Inuit leaders, elders, community members and the former Chair of the International Negotiating Committee, Dr. John Buccini, celebrated the entry into force today of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), with a traditional feast of seal, caribou, whale and char. The Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC) was a key […]

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Ottawa April 21, 2004 Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC), today thanked the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation particularly its Founding President John Kim Bell, and the selection jury for her 2004 National Aboriginal Achievement Award. The award was presented by Paul Okalik, Premier of Nunavut, at a ceremony in Calgary on April […]

Inuit Circumpolar Conference Executive Council Meets In Iqaluit

Iqaluit, Nunavut, 23 January 2004 The Executive Council of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC)-Inuit leaders from Alaska, Canada, Chukotka (Russia), and Greenland-met in Iqaluit on January 21 and 22. Their agenda included social, cultural, economic, and environmental issues. Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Chair of ICC, hosted a reception at Iqaluits Aeroplex building at which she officially opened ICCs […]

2003

Climate Change in the Arctic: Human Rights of Inuit Interconnected with the World

December 10, 2003 Milan, ItalySheila Watt-Cloutier, the elected Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC), spoke today to media, non-governmental organizations, and states attending the ninth Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Milan, Italy. Representing the 155,000 Inuit who live in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Chukotka in theFar East of the Russian Federation and living in Iqaluit, the […]

Renewed Spirit of Hope, Energy, and Resilience Among Inuit in Chukotka

Ottawa, July 3, 2003 Returning on June 24, 2003 from Provideniya and New Chaplino in Chukotka in the Russian Far East, Ms. Sheila Watt-Cloutier, the Iqaluit-based Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, reported a renewed sense of hope and optimism among the region’s 1,500 Inuit, and an eagerness to work closely with Inuit organizations in […]

Executive Council Meeting, Nome, Alaska, June 27, 2003

June 27, 2003 Nome, Alaska – The Executive Council of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC), an organization representing 155,000 Inuit in Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Chukotka, Russia, continues to be diligent in addressing its concerns about the ability of future generations to maintain the Inuit culture in the face of the many globalized pressures that […]

Renewal of the Northern Contaminants Program

Ottawa, March 4, 2003.  Speaking to approximately 300 participants from a dozen countries at an Arctic contaminants symposium, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, today called upon the Government of Canada to maintain its commitment to the environmental security of the Arctic and health of Inuit by renewing the Northern Contaminants Program (NCP) […]

2002

Arctic Dimension Absent From WSSD

Johannesburg, South Africa Monday September 2, 2002  Inuit leaders are in Johannesburg to press for the recognition of Arctic concerns on the global agenda, but are deeply concerned the Arctic will be ignored in the final political declaration. There were limited opportunities at WSSD to voice concerns of the sustainability of Inuit culture and the […]

Inuit Circumpolar Conference Concludes 9th General Assembly in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik

Kuujjuaq Declaration Passed Sheila Watt-Cloutier Elected ICC Chair Kuujjuaq – Thursday August 15, 2002 The 9th General Assembly of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC), representing Inuit of Russia, Alaska, Canada, and Greenland, concluded today in Kuujjuaq following four days of deliberation on topics of concern to the Inuit world. Celebrating its 25th anniversary ICC elected a […]

ICC Canada Elects New President And Vice President (International Affairs)

Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories June 6, 2002 Delegates from the four Inuit regions met this week in Tuktuyaktuk, NT for the Annual General Meeting of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (Canada). Mr. Duane Smith from Inuvik was elected President of ICC Canada and Ms. Violet Ford becomes the Vice-President, International Affairs and Council Member. Mr. Smith brings a […]

ICC Unveils General Assembly Logo

KUUJJUAQ Tuesday, May 21, 2002 Sheila Watt-Cloutier, President of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (Canada) today officially unveiled the logo for ICC’s 9th General Assembly, which will be held August 11-16, 2002, in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik. Joining Ms. Watt-Cloutier for the ceremony, were the co-hosts of the assembly, Kuujjuaq Mayor, Michael Gordon, and Ida Saunders of the Kativik […]

2001

Inuit Applaud Canada’s Leadership And The Global Effort To Eliminate Toxic Substances

Stockholm, Sweden, May 23, 2001 Sheila Watt-Cloutier, President of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (Canada) and Vice-President of Inuit Circumpolar Conference, and delegates of 110 countries took part in the signing ceremony today for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Ms. Watt-Cloutier congratulated David Anderson, Canada’s Minister of the Environment on signing and ratifying the […]

Inuit Applaud The Announcement That The Government Of Canada Will Sign And Ratify The Global Convention On Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Ottawa And Iqaluit, May 9, 2001 Sheila Watt-Cloutier, President of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference Canada and Vice-President of ICC, today congratulated the Prime Minister and ministers of Environment and Foreign Affairs and International Trade upon the announcement that Canada would sign and ratify the global convention on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) at a ceremony in […]

Canadian Inuk Leader Writes To US And Canadian Industrial And Waste Disposal Facilities Regarding Dioxin Pollution In Northern Canada.

Ottawa February 26, 2001 Ms. Sheila Watt-Cloutier, President of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference Canada and Vice-President of Inuit Circumpolar Conference, today released the text of letters sent to ten industrial plants and medical and municipal waste facilities in the United States and Canada. These facilities release dioxins (by products of combustion, especially of plastics and […]

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