The Arctic Council was first inaugurated in 1996. The Council, at that time, incorporated the former Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS) through which ICC accomplished much of its environmental work. The Arctic Council was first conceived as an intergovernmental organization in which all 8 Arctic governments, along with the Arctic’s indigenous peoples’ organizations, would have an open forum in which to discuss any matter of common concern. It has, however, had difficulty getting off the ground and has done minimal work other than that continued under the former AEPS. Yet, ICC was given a strong mandate from the 1998 General Assembly to work hard within the Arctic Council so that it will make a positive difference for circumpolar Inuit.
Arctic Council website: www.arctic-council.org