Blog: ICC General Assembly 2014 – Arctic governance

Scene from Inuvik in Canada's Northwest Territories. (Eilís Quinn / Eye on the Arctic)
Scene from Inuvik in Canada’s Northwest Territories. (Eilís Quinn / Eye on the Arctic)
There was an interesting session Tuesday morning at the Inuit Circumpolar Council General Assembly in Canada’s Northwest Territories concerning Arctic governance.

The agenda billed the session as follows:

A proliferation of existing and newly-created bodies are implementing initiatives and making decisions that impact upon the governance of Inuit Nunaat. How should ICC respond?

In general, there seemed to be a strong consensus on the importance including non-Arctic states in discussions about the North.

Dalee Sambo Dorough, UNPFII Chair, discussed  the importance of different circumpolar organizations including the Arctic Circle, saying it could play an important role in the future..

Sara Olsvig, a Greenlandic politician and Chairperson of Arctic Parliamentarians repeated this saying non-Arctic states had made important contributions to the Arctic Council.

But she stressed that decision making had to remain in the North.

“The development of the Arctic must be determined by the people of the Arctic,” Olsvig said.

The meeting runs until July 24th.

For those wanted to keep up with the ICC general assembly, it’s being livestreamed HERE

You can also keep track on Twitter with #iccga2014

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic circumpolar news project. At Eye on the Arctic, Eilís has produced documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the circumpolar world. Her documentary Bridging the Divide was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards. Eilís began reporting on the North in 2001. Her work as a reporter in Canada and the United States, and as TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China" has taken her to some of the world’s coldest regions including the Tibetan mountains, Greenland and Alaska; along with the Arctic regions of Canada, Russia, Norway and Iceland.

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