Canada turns over the two-year rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council to the United States today.
Dignitaries from the world’s circumpolar nations are gathered in Iqaluit, the capital of Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut, for the meeting.
It’s a complex time for the international forum as tensions between the West and Russia over its actions in Ukraine continue.
And Canada’s performance as chair of the organization as been mixed compared with, for example, recent Nordic chairmanships, where the chairs were more publicly engaged and made themselves available for wider discussions on Arctic issues.
Now all eyes are on the U.S., with the stakes especially high for Alaska, where frustration can run high over the lack of interest of the Lower 48 when it comes to polar issues.
Contact Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca