Canadian International Council

Canadian International Council

September 08, 2008 11:41 ET

Canada and the North: The Arctic Will Not Wait

The keys are strong defence of our interests and working with others

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2008) - Canada needs an integrated approach as it asserts a role of leadership in a rapidly evolving Arctic, say the contributors to the latest issue of Behind the Headlines, published by the Canadian International Council (CIC).

"Canada's Arctic Interests and Responsibilities" is based on presentations at the annual CIC Foreign Policy Conference held in June in Toronto.

The Honourable Paul Okalik, Premier of Nunavut, draws attention to the capacity of people of Nunavut to strengthen Canada's claim to the Northwest Passage. "Now and into the future the sustainability of Canada's sovereignty over the Arctic must be asserted by building prosperous communities in the North."

In his brief introductory comments Franklyn Griffith, a CIC Senior Fellow, looks beyond immediate concerns to the need for shared stewardship by all Arctic nations. Suzanne Lalonde, of the Faculty of Law in the University of Montreal, considers legal issues with a focus on the Northwest Passage. CIC Senior Fellow Rob Huebert emphasizes the ways in which dramatic climatic changes are bringing new issues to the fore and new players to the Arctic, and therefore new challenges for Canada.

Junior CIC Fellow Whitney Lackenbauer concludes this issue of Behind the Headlines. He further emphasized the need for an integrated approach to Canada's Arctic policy.

Behind the Headlines, published by the Canadian Institute of International Affairs since 1940, is now a publication of the Canadian International Council. Articles in the series deal with important international issues, with an emphasis on their implications for Canada, and are intended for a general rather than specialized audience. The views expressed are those of the authors. Communications about submissions should be addressed to either:

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The Canadian International Council (CIC) is a non-partisan, nationwide council established to strengthen Canada's role in international affairs. With 12 branches nationwide, CIC seeks to advance research, discussion and debate on international issues by supporting a Canadian foreign policy network that crosses academic disciplines, policy areas, and economic sectors. The CIC features a privately funded fellowship program, supported by a network of issue-specific working groups. CIC fellows focus on important foreign policy issues, working out of universities and research institutions across the country.

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