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Policy Briefing: North

Canada’s Arctic in the crucible

Canada needs to work for an oil spill prevention strategy, for affordable food and Inuit rights, and a fisheries management strategy, within a precautionary and stewardship approach. And we have to stop ignoring the threat of a rapidly-warming climate.
Decisions on food security in the North must be based on evidence rather than ideology and must incorporate the views of northerners who know that improving access to country foods is essential and that Inuit children must not lose their palate for their traditional diet.
Natural resources, shipping, and tourism could bring prosperity to northern communities, but more infrastructure needed.

Unfortunately, by appointing the Health minister instead of the Foreign Affairs minister to chair the Arctic Council it’s doubtful our chairmanship will be effective on the issues the other Arctic nations have identified and want action on.
The North is an integral part of our heritage and holds tremendous promise for our country’s future. During Canada’s chairmanship, we will work closely with other Arctic states and indigenous peoples to promote our northern interests and co-operate with other Arctic Council partners on a shared circumpolar vision for the region.
Low prices and out of reach reserves make new oil and gas mega projects in the territories unlikely in near future.
China and the EU want in, but experts are split on whether Canada should support expanding participation in increasingly important organization.


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