Canada assumes leadership of the Arctic Council in January 2013.
Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Member of Parliament for Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut will chair the Arctic Council.
Aglukkaq is also Minister of Health and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.
Last week she travelled to Canada’s three northern territorial capitals for round-table discussions on what Canada’s priorities should be during its two-year chairmanship of the organization.
However, controversy errupted this week after Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington said in an interview that Canada’s foreign affairs minister should be appointed to head the Arctic Council instead of Aglukkaq.
Aglukkaq is Inuk and grew up in Nunavut.
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Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca