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CIC Saskatoon: The Arctic Council and Regional Arctic Governance in a Time of Rapid Change

January 9, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm CST


Despite rapid climate changes, geopolitical tensions, and an influx of global actors and interests, the Arctic region has remained remarkably stable and cooperative since the end of the Cold War. At the centre of this achievement is the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum composed of the eight Arctic states and six Indigenous organizations, which was established in 1996 to promote collaboration on sustainable development and environmental protection in the region.

This presentation will provide an overview of the Arctic Council and its role in regional Arctic governance, as well as assess its future directions and Canadian leadership therein.

Speaker’s Biography

Dr. Heather Exner-Pirot is the managing editor of the Arctic Yearbook. She is a regular contributor to Radio Canada’s Eye on the Arctic website, a Board member for both The Arctic Institute (TAI) and the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network, Editorial Board member for the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, and Chair of the Canadian Northern Studies Trust. She is currently a strategist for outreach and indigenous engagement at the University of Saskatchewan, and has held previous positions at the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development and the University of the Arctic. She completed her doctoral degree in political science at the University of Calgary in 2011, focusing on Arctic regionalization and human security. Her additional research interests include Indigenous and northern governance, economic development, health care, and post-secondary education.

6:00 pm Doors open
6:30 pm Dinner with the speaker (RSVP)
7:40 pm Doors open to the public
8:00 pm Public presentation begins


Two ways to register by Eventbrite:

[1] Presentation only – 8 pm – free
[2] Dinner with the speaker at 6 pm, followed by presentation.
Students – $20 per plate
All other CIC members – $25 per plate
Nonmembers – $30 per plate

If joining for dinner, payment by credit card (deadline: January 5, 4:00 p.m.). Dinner registrants will be expected to pay even if they cannot or do not attend. Persons with dinner reservations who cannot attend are encouraged to find someone else to take their place.

For more information, contact: saskatoon@thecic.org


January 9, 2018
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm CST
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