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Inuit: The Arctic We Want

Date & Time

Sep. 14, 2021
1:00pm – 3:00pm ET


On July 16-19, 2018, Inuit delegates from Alaska, Greenland, Canada and Chukotka came together for the 13th General Assembly of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC). Under the theme “Inuit – The Arctic We Want,” delegates discussed their concerns and developed actions to address them throughout the 2018-2022 term. The event culminated in the adoption of the Utqiaġvik Declaration, which reflects Inuit priorities at the international level and serves as the mandate for the ICC’s work over this period. The Utqiaġvik Declaration outlines ten priorities aimed at advancing a future supportive of Inuit leadership and safeguarding the Inuit way of life, including:

  • International Indigenous Human Rights and International Partnerships
  • Food Security
  • Families and Youth
  • Health and Wellness
  • Education and Language
  • Indigenous Knowledge
  • Sustainable Wildlife Management
  • Environment
  • Sustainable Development
  • Communication and Capacity Building

Please join the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute as we welcome ICC Alaska leaders to share their perspectives on the Utqiaġvik Declaration, reflections on its implementation since 2018, and goals in the final year of the ICC Chair, Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough. This gathering will feature Inuit priorities across the four membership regions of ICC Alaska and how they relate to the overarching objectives of the ICC.

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Polar Institute

Since its inception in 2017, the Polar Institute has become a premier forum for discussion and policy analysis of Arctic and Antarctic issues, and is known in Washington, DC and elsewhere as the Arctic Public Square. The Institute holistically studies the central policy issues facing these regions—with an emphasis on Arctic governance, climate change, economic development, scientific research, security, and Indigenous communities—and communicates trusted analysis to policymakers and other stakeholders.  Read more

Science and Technology Innovation Program

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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, and the region through research and exchange.  Read more

Canada Institute

Bound by common geopolitical interests and strong economic and cultural ties, Canada and the United States enjoy the world's most successful bilateral relationship. The Wilson Center's Canada Institute is the only public policy forum in the world dedicated to the full spectrum of Canada-U.S. issues. The Canada Institute is a global leader for policymakers, academics and business leaders to engage in non-partisan, informed dialogue about the current and future state of the relationship.     Read more

Environmental Change and Security Program

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