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Oct. 21 2013
After a Throne Speech that pledged a focus on the North, Environment Minister and Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq is Yukon-bound to kick off Canada’s term at the helm of the international Arctic Council. She’ll use it to push for expanded resource development and more indigenous involvement in research on subjects such as climate change.
Representatives of the world’s eight Arctic countries are gathering in Whitehorse, beginning Monday, as Canada’s two-year term begins with a focus on development, safe shipping and sustainable communities, and with plans to create a circumpolar business forum.
“Our overarching theme for Canada’s chairmanship is development for the people of the North,” Ms. Aglukkaq told The Globe and Mail.
“My meeting with them is to launch that, to talk about the priorities, the importance of working together moving forward,” she added.