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The future is dynamic and uncertain! Various pathways of Arctic governance and Arctic conditions can be imagined. Effective governance in the North will require the involvement of a wide diversity of stakeholders and an ability to be adaptive, accountable and...

 

Canada’s Upcoming Arctic Council Chairmanship

Canada will hold the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2013 and 2014.  The two articles below give some insight to considerations which must be taken as part of this role: Canada urged to prepare now to lead agenda at...

 

Online Forum Closed

Thanks to everyone for your contributions to Oopik’s online forum on Knowledge, Change and Action! We had an amazing response and appreciate all of your contributions and perspectives. You can read all of the posts on the Ookpik Forum Page....

 

Online Forum Starting Today!

Tell us your own story and read those of others!  Generate discussion and make change happen for the better. Go to Ookpik’s Forum Page and tell us your story.

 

Opportunity to be part of a group of Youth Leaders with all expenses paid to the IPY conference in Montreal!

Are you a Young Leader from the Circumpolar North who is looking for ways to make your voice heard? Would you like to participate as a Northern Youth Panelist at the International Polar Year Conference in Montreal, April 2012?  Building...

 

Calling All Photobugs

To all comedians masquerading as shutter bugs, or vice versa: We here at Ookpik.org understand your smart humour and/or crazy obsession with taking millions of random pictures! That is exactly why we want you to encourage you to submit a photo and witty caption...

 

The Globe and Mail: The Trials of Nunavut

“By the numbers, it’s Canada’s most violent region. Awash in bootlegged alcohol, haunted by history, hamstrung by a chronically over stretched government” Recently, The Globe and Mail did an amazing 9 part written article, and a 4 part on-line interactive...

 

Traditional Knowledge for Future Generations

Traditional knowledge is an important part of the circumpolar world. For some people, it might seem like something stuck in the past. Personally, I think that it is an important challenge that Inuit are facing. It is crucial for the...

 

Where do we start?

I am finding this difficult to write at the moment so I will just say this: In my opinion, these are the top 5 things that if they changed, we could see Nunavut reach its true potential. 1. Healthcare and...

 

Barriers to Renewable Energy – “They are taxing the sun.”

If we are going to stop climate change we need to stop burning fossil fuels and transition to other forms of energy. This is more simple to state than it is to implement; there are many barriers to overcome if we are to achieve this goal. These barriers are institutional, technological, and cultural.