Circumpolar Inuit Protocols for Equitable and Ethical Engagement

Carolina Behe June 7, 2022

The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) released its protocols for the Equitable, Ethical Engagement of Inuit in the Circumpolar aimed at all decision- and policy-makers, researchers and others operating in the Arctic. These new protocols are the product of an extensive three-year process that involved Inuit from across Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Chukotka. Over the last year, Inuit delegates came together in a series of virtual meetings to co-develop protocols to address ongoing concerns.

"As the global community becomes increasingly focused on the Arctic due to climate change and intensified development, Inuit face persistent challenges. Many of these challenges result from the lack of our equitable engagement in decision-making, policy development, and the diverse activities occurring within our homelands. While these concerns manifest themselves differently across Inuit Nunaat, they are the result of decades of top-down approaches that inhibit the equitable and ethical involvement of our voices, knowledge and values."

"Equitable and ethical engagement and the utilization of Indigenous Knowledge is required to inform research, assessments, monitoring programs, decision-making, policy and governance. Such an approach will ensure that all will have the best available information to make sound decisions that respond to conditions facing the entire global community."

"Inuit welcome institutions, people and governments to begin, foster and continue meaningful relationships with us in all manner of work across our homelands and throughout the Arctic. These protocols provide a foundation for success through equitable and ethical engagement and partnerships."

Access the EEE Protocols here: https://iccalaska.org/wp-icc/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/EEE-Protocols-LR-1.pdf

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