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Arctic sovereignty is contested, Inuit rights are not

By Monica Ell-Kanayuk      

A strengthened Coast Guard presence, the eventual settling of our UNCLOS claims and recognition of shared sovereignty and Inuit righths in the Arctic will help reinforce a cooperative approach to problem solving.

Presidents of the ICC offices, pictured at the 11th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting held May 6-7, 2019, in Rovaniemi, Finland: Jimmy Stotts (Alaska), left, Monica Ell-Kanayuk (Canada), Hjalmar Dahl (Greenland), and Lubov Taian (Chukotka). Photograph courtesy of Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada)

Recently, the question of “who owns the Arctic” was thrust back into the news following comments by U.S. Secretary General Mike Pompeo challenging Canada’s sovereignty over the Northwest Passage. Pompeo was speaking at the Arctic Council’s Ministerial meeting in Rovaniemi, Finland.

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