Master Mariners of Canada

Rethinking Perspectives on Arctic Issues in 2017


Where: Room 1020, Kenneth C Rowe Management Building, Dalhousie University, 6100 University Avenue, Halifax


When: April 20, 2017


Time: 8:30 – 17:00



Several recent and current developments are in play in the Arctic and which require a fresh approach to the discourse on polar shipping in the region, including: the entry into force on 1 January 2017 of
the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), a new international regime for maritime safety adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO); the United States-Canada Joint Arctic Leaders’ Statement in December 2016 which, among other, included a coordinated moratorium on Arctic oil drilling and cooperation on maritime safety and marine environment protection; the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted in 2007, which is growing in importance in advancing Indigenous aspirations on a number of important issues in the Arctic; and the initiation in 2016 by the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) of the Pikialaorsuaq (North Water Polynya) Commission to consult with Canadian and Greenlandic communities that are most closely connected to the polynya. These initiatives are overlaid with shipping initiatives, including the Canadian implementation of the Polar Code and the Canadian Coast Guard’s initiative to establish Northern Marine Transportation Corridors in Canadian Arctic waters.



This one day symposium will explore key issues for polar shipping that are or can be anticipated to emerge from recent developments, and their significance for Canada’s implementation of her international responsibilities, the enhancement of maritime safety and environment protection, and ensuring that the aspirations and interests of Indigenous Peoples in the region are highlighted in the governance of Arctic shipping.



Invited speakers will include:

  • Rosemarie Kutana – Activist, politician, broadcaster, journalist
  • (Josie) Okalik Eegeesiak, Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Council
  • Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough, Vice-Chair, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and Associate
    Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Captain David (Duke) Snider, President, Nautical Institute
  • Drummond Fraser, Arctic Shipping Regulations, Transport Canada
  • Jody Thomas, Commissioner, Canadian Coast Guard

In conjunction with: the ICELAW Project (Indeterminate and Changing Environments: Law, the Anthropocene and the World), a joint project of Durham University and Dalhousie University.


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