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Inuit Circumpolar Conference Executive Council Meets in Iqaluit, Canada

Iqaluit, Nunavut 26 January 2004

 

The Executive Council of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC)—Inuit leaders from Alaska, Canada, Chukotka (Russia), and Greenland—met in Iqaluit on January 21 and 22. Their agenda included social, cultural, economic, and environmental issues.

Aqqaluk Lynge, President of ICC-Greenland, presented the current issues of importance to Greenlanders and received positive feedback and support from the other ICC Council members. Issues related to the language and communications commission, the ICC Task Force on Arctic Trade, and support on the next step regarding the Thule Case were some of the issues that Mr. Lynge has taken a lead on for the whole of ICC.

Mr. Lynge stated, " I am very pleased with the support shown by council members from Russia, Canada, and Alaska for matters of importance to us". There was support to continue with the trade file, as well as a Greenland initiative to merge the current language and communications commissions. "All of Arctic Canada is very interested in the language file", said Mr. Lynge, after he was interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Inuktitut and Greenlandic.

Later Mr. Lynge was interviewed by CBC regarding the USA – Canadian talks on Ballistic Missile Defence. Here Mr. Lynge reiterated that Inuit should not be left out on any talks or negotiations regarding militarization of the Arctic.

The President of ICC-Alaska gave the Executive Council an initial briefing on plans to hold the next ICC General Assembly in Alaska in Summer 2006.

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