Ottawa names respected Inuit leader as high-level advisor on the Arctic

Nunatsiaq Online posted an articled titled “Ottawa names respected Inuit leader as high-level advisor on the Arctic.” The article reads in part as follows:

“Ottawa has named accomplished Inuit leader Mary Simon as its new high-level advisor on Arctic issues.

Indigenous and Northern Affairs minister Carolyn Bennett announced Simon’s appointment Aug. 5 as the Minister’s Special Representative on the development of new policies that will focus on conservation and the sustainable growth of the Arctic economy.

The appointment flows from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s March visit to the White House, where he and United States president Barack Obama announced the Shared Arctic Leadership Model — a strategy to reduce climate change-causing methane emissions, build a sustainable northern economy and incorporate more traditional knowledge in policy-making.

“The Shared Arctic Leadership Model is a very important aspect of the future of the Arctic and its people,” Simon said in an Aug. 5 release.

“I see it as an opportunity to give clear focus on the needs, realities and deep opportunities within northern communities when planning the future of the Arctic region.”

Simon, who hails from Kuujjuaq, has a hefty resume: she has served as president of Makivik Corp., Inuit Circumpolar Council and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, as Canadian ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs and to the Kingdom of Denmark, and most recently, as chair of the National Committee on Inuit Education.”

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