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Arctic dwellers must be included in international talks: world Inuit group
Michael Byers, By Bob Weber
The day before politicians from all Arctic nations were scheduled to meet in Norway, the world's Inuit released a declaration saying they have a right to join any talks that affect the future of their frozen homeland, participation that they say has so far been denied. Michael Byers, a Liu Institute professor and Arctic expert, says Inuit continue to be excluded from crucial meetings even though they have observer status on the Arctic Council. "What we see with this declaration is an organized attempt to insert themselves back into the discussion," he said. "It's a political case. It's a moral case."
May 21, 2009
Arctic sovereignty: Another threat runs silent and deep
Michael Byers
Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, argues it's "time for both Canada and the United States to stop the shenanigans -- and negotiate a comprehensive agreement on shipping in the North."
May 21, 2009
Potential Arctic fishery on horizon; Canada must plan for possible influx of southern species as northern waters open up, experts say
Michael Byers, By Randy Boswell
Michael Byers, a UBC expert in polar politics, says Canada needs to at least consider a moratorium on Arctic Ocean fisheries to protect and foster a potentially lucrative new resource in the region's warming waters. "Serious attention does need to be directed to the issue, and certain guiding principles applied, including the precautionary principle and a principle of first access for indigenous peoples," he said.
May 21, 2009
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Events
Mar
18
2009
Use It or Lose It: What's Next for Canada's Arctic Policy
March 18, 2009
The Canadian International Council’s three Arctic-focused Research Fellows – Franklyn Griffiths, Rob Huebert and Whitney Lackenbauer – share the recommendations of their separate one-year CIC research projects to lead a multi-branch videoconference and webcast discussion of what’s next for Canada’s Arctic policy.
Jan
10
2007
Canada's Arctic Under Siege: Climate Change, Sovereignty and the Northwest Passage
January 10, 2007
Climate change is causing the loss of around 300,000 square kilometres of Arctic sea-ice each year. The disappearing ice will soon create a feasible international shipping route through the Northwest Passage, raising profound challenges for Canadian
Oct
7
2004
Meltdown:
Climate Change and the Arctic
October 07, 2004
Sheila Watt-Cloutier, President of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, speaks on Climate Change and the Arctic
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