Protecting Canada's water. Empowering Canada's North.

January 2013

Arctic Peoples and Security

About the Conference

“Arctic Peoples and Security” was hosted by the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation and the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, in partnership with Inuit Qaujisarvingat: Inuit Knowledge Centre at Inuit Tapiriit KanatamiSt. Jerome's University; and the Centre for Contemporary International History.

The goal of this conference was to explore different ways of conceptualizing and understanding security in the Arctic in order to develop and implement sounder, more productive, and more inclusive public policies in the North.

The traditional view of Arctic security is focused primarily on military defence, and is habitually seen as distinct from local, northern understandings of security that are often inclusive of economic and social concerns.

This conference was designed to engage decision-makers and the academic community in a conversation about how to better integrate the needs and wants of northern residents into the broader Arctic security debate. 


Produced by Inuit Qaujisarvingat: Inuit Knowledge Centre at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami in collaboration with the Munk-Gordon Arctic Security Program, Nilliajut (to speak up, speak out) is the title of a film and companion text originally presented at "Arctic Peoples and Security." The project explores the multifaceted views of security, patriotism and sovereignty in the Arctic through the eyes of established and emerging Inuit leaders and thinkers. It features prominant Inuk, including Pujjuut Kusugak of Rankin Inlet, Myrna Pokiak of Tuktoyaktuk, and Rosemarie Kuptana of Sachs Harbour, who participated in a panel discussion during the conference.