The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ІСС) is an international Indigenous Peoples’ Organization representing approximately 160.000 Inuit living in the Arctic regions of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Chukotka, Russia.
The principal goals of ICC are:
- To strengthen unity among Inuit of the Circumpolar region
- To promote Inuit rights and interests on the international level
- To ensure and further develop Inuit culture and society for both the present and future generations
- To seek full and active participation in the political, economic, and social development in our homelands
- To develop and encourage long-term policies which safeguard the Arctic environment
- To work for international recognition of the human rights of all Indigenous Peoples
The ICC General Assembly is held every four years, bringing together Inuit from across the northern circumpolar region. Assembly delegates elect a chair and an executive council, and develop policies and resolutions for the coming term. The General Assembly is integral to the organization as it allows for discussion to ICC, and strengthens the cultural bonds between all Inuit.