Chelsea Quebec will be the setting for regional summit of Arctic nations. Canada, Denmark, Norwar Russia, and the U.S. will be attending. Inuit? Nope. LINK
“The Arctic gathering, scheduled just ahead of a G8 foreign ministers’ meeting in Ottawa, is aimed at encouraging “new thinking on economic development and environmental protection,” Cannon said.
But the Inuit Circumpolar Council — representing Inuit from Canada, Greenland, Alaska and Russia — and the Yukon-based Arctic Athabaskan Council have objected to the summit’s exclusive guest list, arguing their leaders should have a seat at the table.
“We don’t see Northern Canada, particularly Arctic indigenous peoples, attending and contributing,” the AAC’s international chairman Bill Erasmus said in a statement.
Sounds like an economic summit more than anything else. Shouldn’t the residents of the area participate when there is an organization that represents them?
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