Pamella Goldsmith-Jones speaks at a podium at the Arctic Policy Confernence

Carleton and CIGI Host Pamela Goldsmith-Jones at Arctic Policy Conference

Centre for International Governance Releases Special Report onc Arctic Policy

Carleton University and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), today hosted a day-long conference headlined by Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, parliamentary secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion.

CIGI also released North of 60: Toward a Renewed Canadian Arctic Agenda, a special report on the framework for a Canadian Arctic strategy. It was co-edited by John Higginbotham, senior distinguished fellow at Carleton and a CIGI senior fellow, and Jennifer Spence, a PhD candidate, instructor and research associate at Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) with 18 years of experience in the Canadian federal public service.

The report was released at a one-day policy conference co-hosted with Global Affairs Canada to celebrate the Arctic Council’s 20th anniversary.

“We have arrived at a critical moment for Canada’s North,” said Higginbotham, “With the 20th anniversary of the Arctic Council, a heightened focus on climate change in the Arctic, and a Canadian government willing to confront some of the region’s unique challenges, this special report helps carve out a clear direction for the future of Canadian Arctic policy.”

“The Arctic Council has made its mark regionally and internationally,” Spence observed. “The Council has shown the power of bringing together the voices of governments, Indigenous peoples and science to meet the policy needs of the region. The real question is what will we say about the Arctic Council at its 40th anniversary and what role will Canada play in shaping its future?”

Highlighting research and commentary from Canada’s leading Arctic experts, North of 60 explores a diverse array of foreign policy issues, offering a series of key policy recommendations.

Carleton’s Arctic Policy Experts Represented

Among Carleton authors in the report are SPPA Prof. Frances Abele, who calls for economic change in the North negotiated by all parties, and Chris Burn, who held the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Northern Research Chair in Permafrost in the Yukon and Northwest Territories from 2002 to 2012.

Burn points out the significant expenditures and effort required to mitigate climate change and the environmental effects of abandoned mines

“Climate warming also poses direct challenges for management of wildlife populations and the responsibilities of northern co-management boards. The ability of these boards to function effectively and fulfill their negotiated mandates requires significant attention, particularly in light of the declared policy to renew federal relationships with Indigenous peoples,’’ he writes.

The research in this special report was also informed by a CIGI-lead roundtable at Carleton – Revitalizing Canada’s Arctic Policy – which took place on November 27, 2015. The Arctic governance research theme focuses on several interrelated activities, including maritime governance, resource development, and an assessment of the Canadian Arctic Council Chair.

To read a full copy of the report, please go to: www.cigionline.org/northof60. Read the opening remarks by remarks by Pamela Goldsmith-Jones here.

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