Arctic Sovereignty: Part TwoPublished on 21 February 2014 Blog by Senator Charlie Watt
In the Fall of 2012, the Senate Liberal Caucus commissioned a report by Peter Hutchins Legal Inc, titled Inuit: Canada’s Treaty Partners or Free Agents? An Argument for an Inuit-Canada Joint Approach to Addressing Sovereignty Disputes in the Arctic. This report followed Mr. Hutchins’ earlier work which argued that Treaties with Inuit are essential to Canada’s sovereignty in the Arctic and posited that the thawing of the Arctic ice had created such a fundamental change in circumstances that it was possible that the Treaties no longer applied to certain areas of the Arctic. The 2012 report examines Inuit rights in Canada, and internationally, as well as outlining the Inuit involvement in the current scramble for the Arctic. I invite you to click here to read the report and learn more about how addressing Arctic sovereignty with Inuit should be based on mutual respect and the recognition of Inuit rights and priorities in the Arctic.