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Remarks by Michael Stickman at the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting, Iqaluit 2015

Good morning. My name is Michael Stickman. I live in Nulato, a small village on the Yukon river in Alaska. I’m the International Chair of the Arctic Athabaskan Council, which represents Athabaskan peoples in Alaska and northern Canada. With me are William Erasmus, International Vice-Chair of AAC and National Chief of the Dene Nation; Dr. Annette Watson, Technical Advisor; and Jennine Jordan, my special assistant and our business representative on the Arctic Economic Council.

AAC Brief to the House of Lords Arctic Committee

When the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS) was adopted by the eight Arctic states in 1991, several European countries, including the United Kingdom, were accorded “observer” status. This status was retained when the Arctic Council subsumed the AEPS in 1996. The UK attends meetings of Ministers and Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) to the Arctic Council, and British scientists often contribute to assessments conducted by the Council’s working groups. In 2002 the UK and the Netherlands jointly sponsored a highly successful Arctic policy workshop attended by all Arctic states and Permanent Participants to the Arctic Council. The UK has shipping, economic, environmental and research interests in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

Search & Rescue and Emergency Management Roundtable Discussions - December 11 - Whitehorse

In May 2012, the Arctic Council member states signed the first binding agreement negotiated under its auspices, the Agreement on Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue. While many heralded the Agreement as a signal of the Arctic Council’s maturation as the preeminent forum for circumpolar affairs, others remained concerned about how robustly the Agreement would be implemented in each of the Arctic Council member states.

Human Rights for Cultural Survival--the Arctic Athabaskan Council Urges Canada to Reduce Emissions of Black Carbon

By Chief Ruth Massie
Council of Yukon First Nations

On April 23 2013 I had the honour and responsibility of submitting a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of the Arctic Athabaskan Council. Our petition asks the Commission to declare that Canada is contravening the human rights of Athabaskan peoples guaranteed in the 1948 American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man by inadequately regulating emissions of black carbon, or soot, a short-lived climate pollutant that accelerates warming and melting in northern Canada--our homelands.

Barren-ground Caribou, Athabaskan Peoples and Climate Change: Planning for the Future

Athabaskan peoples live in Alaska and northern Canada. Notwithstanding huge social and economic changes in interior Alaska and northern Canada in recent decades, Athabaskan peoples continue to rely on barren-ground caribou for traditional food, cultural continuity and spiritual sustenance. The 2005 Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, chaired by the United States and approved by all eight Arctic states, projects a significant decline in the numbers of barren-ground caribou as a result of climate change. Indeed, this species is a bellwether of the impacts and effects of climate change throughout northern North America and is a determinant of the health and welfare of Athabaskan communities.

AAC receives grant from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Arctic Athabaskan Council awarded grant for development of research on caribou, climate change and traditional knowledge in communities

Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) funds will help to address North American environmental problems locally

Whitehorse, Yukon—The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) recently announced the winners of $1.3 million of grants under the CEC’s North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) program.

Tides Top 10 for 2010!

Each year Tides Canada selects organizations for their Top Ten list of "Canada's most innovative and forward thinking initiatives." AAC has the honor of being selected as as one of Tides Canada's Top 10 for 2010.

The AAC was chosen for:

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