Inuit Leader to Speak on Arctic Issues

02/03/2008 3:00 pm
02/03/2008 5:00 pm

The best way to assert Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic is through the residents who live there according to the head of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK).

Mary Simon (left), president of the ITK, will be at the University of Calgary on February 5 as part of her national speaking tour. The Inuit leader, whose talk is sponsored by Arctic Institute of North America, has embarked on the tour in order to make Canadians aware of the contemporary issues faced by people in the North such as climate change, sovereignty and the economy.

“Our concept of asserting Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic goes well beyond the much needed military and legal measures anticipated and recently announced by the Government of Canada,” says Simon. “My purpose in speaking to Canadians in all provinces and territories is to make the case that the best way to assert Canadian sovereignty in the region is through its residents. The Inuit approach to asserting sovereignty is holistic and calls for the development of healthy people and healthy communities alongside the military and legal measures.”

Simon says that the huge gaps in health, education and housing between the Inuit and the rest of Canada must be addressed. She would like to see policies put in place which will build thriving communities and provide for economic growth in a long-term, sustainable manner.

Everyone is welcome to this free talk.

Who: Mary Simon, president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

What: Inuit and the Canadian Arctic: Sovereignty Begins at Home

Where: Husky Oil Great Hall, Rozsa Centre

When: 3 pm, February 5, 2008

For an interview with Mary Simon:
Stephen Hendrie, Senior Communications Office, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Cell: 613 277-3178 Email:

For more information on Mary Simon’s visit:
Ruth Klinkhammer, Director of Communications, (403) 220-7294