By Eilis Quinn
Canada is now just over one year into its two-year chairmanship of the Arctic Council.
It assumed leadership of the circumpolar forum last May with an ambitious plan centered on northern development.
But now, at the mid-point of its mandate, Canada is getting mixed reviews from experts.
‘Development of the North for the people of the North’
The business focus of Canada’s Arctic Council mandate was welcomed in many of Canada’s northern communities when it took over from previous chair Sweden.
At the time, Terry Audla, president of Canada’s national Inuit organization, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, said it sent a positive signal to Northerners.