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Policy Briefing: North Policy Briefing
Canada needs to know the North, not just know about it. As a northern nation, Canada should make it a priority to ensure that more of its citizens have an opportunity to experience and know the North first hand, writes N.W.T. Premier Bob McLeod. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikimedia

International interest in the Arctic continues to heat up, is Canada ready?

The Northwest Territories knows and understands the Arctic and the stakes better than most. We are ideally placed to help Canada strengthen its position in the Arctic and are eager to work with willing partners nationally to develop a visionary, long-term plan to turn our northern ambitions into a global reality.
Agreeing to disagree has worked well for decades and decades; there is still no compelling reason for this stance to change. Pompeo is simply restating, perhaps loudly and brashly, the status quo.
Amidst increasing international competition for a stake in the Arctic, China is investing in long-term infrastructure projects, while Canada is banned from drilling oil due to a five-year moratorium.
At the most recent Arctic Council meeting, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo opposed the Council taking a strong tone on climate change.
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett addressed northern food insecurity and the MMIWG report in an email exchange with The Hill Times.
Our government will continue to work with our territorial, provincial, and Indigenous partners to co-develop priorities and solutions for the North to help grow the northern economy, protect the Arctic environment and enable northerners to reach the quality of life that they rightfully deserve.
American administrations have noted their objections to Canadian sovereignty for years. Barack Obama did it, George Bush Jr. did it, Ronald Reagan did it, Richard Nixon did it. What is important, however, is that no American president has ever sought to actively challenge that sovereignty. With Donald Trump, that looks set to change.

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