On June 16, 2017 the ICC turned 40.
The Inuit Circumpolar Council turns 40 today!
“ICC was initially envisioned by the respected Inupiat leader, Eben Hopson, to protect the rights of Inuit to sustainably harvest marine mammals critical to Inuit food security in the face of pending oil and gas development” said Okalik Eegeesiak, ICC Chair.
“He understood that the Inuit voice was stronger through circumpolar solidarity. He also knew that together, Inuit would make certain no Inuit community would be left behind,” stated Tatiana Achirgina, Vice Chair, Chukotka.
“As Inuit, we are intimately connected to the past, both distant and recent. We are one people living in Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Russia, spanning more than 5 million square kilometers globally,” reflected Jim Stotts, Vice Chair, Alaska.
Photo by Eric Guth