Minister Cannon Met Members of Canada’s Arctic Council Advisory Committee

(No. 112 - March 23, 2010 - 4 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today met partners from Canada’s Arctic Council Advisory Committee, in the lead-up to the Arctic Ocean Foreign Ministers Meeting scheduled for March 29.

“I had very productive discussions with territorial government and Arctic indigenous representatives,” said Minister Cannon. “It was an opportunity to review a range of international Arctic issues, and will contribute to discussions at the upcoming Arctic Ocean Foreign Ministers Meeting, and to discussions on broader Arctic foreign policy issues.”

Government of Canada officials meet regularly, as they did today, with Permanent Participant and territorial government representatives through Canada’s Arctic Council Advisory Committee to develop Canadian positions for the Arctic Council and discuss issues of common interest. The Advisory Committee includes the three territories and the three Canada-based Arctic Council Permanent Participant organizations, which are international Arctic indigenous organizations represented at the Council.

“We very much value the important role Northern governments, Arctic indigenous organizations and Northerners play in shaping the Arctic region,” said Minister Cannon. “Canada has been and continues to be a strong supporter of the unique role of Permanent Participant organizations in the Arctic Council.”

To meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, the Government of Canada has developed a comprehensive Northern Strategy. The Northern Strategy comprises four equally important, integrated priorities: exercising Canada’s Arctic sovereignty, protecting the country’s environmental heritage, promoting social and economic development, and improving and devolving Northern governance. The government is committed to helping the North realize its potential as a healthy, prosperous and secure region within a strong and sovereign Canada.

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