The Arctic Alaskan city of Utqiaġvik will host the 2018 general assembly of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, the organization announced this week.
The assemblies are held every four years and bring together delegates from the world’s four Inuit regions in Russia, Canada, the United States and Greenland.
The meeting will run July 16-19.
“It is especially significant that the next assembly will be in Utqiaġvik, as this June we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the meeting convened here by Eben Hopson that led to the very establishment of ICC,” said ICC Chair Okalik Eegeesiak in a statement.
Delegates at the 2018 assembly will discuss everything from human rights, health and social issues, to strategies for tackling environmental and economic issues in Inuit regions of the Arctic.
Before then, ICC will hold two other summits this year: a wildlife management summit in Canada this fall, and an education summit in Greenland this winter.
“As Inuit, we are the people of the land in the Arctic who will continue to advance the livelihoods of our people through the unification of our innovative ideas within our circumpolar region,” Utqiaġvik mayor Harry Brower Jr. said in a statement this week.
Until last year, Utqiaġvik was known as Barrow.
The city voted to change back to its Inupiaq name on December 1, 2017.
Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca
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