Canada and the Arctic

On December 20, 2016, President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau announced a new partnership between Canada and the United States to embrace opportunities and confront challenges in the changing Arctic. With the support of the agreement, Canada will work  with indigenous and northern partners and promote responsible, science-based leadership.

Canadian International Arctic Centre

A  dedicated Canadian International Arctic Centre (CIAC) was established in 2009. CIAC is located in the Canadian Embassy in Oslo, Norway. Its objective is to advance Canada’s Arctic interests abroad.

The Centre offers strategic advice to inform Canada’s Arctic advocacy, foreign policy directions and actions. It also strengthens and coordinates regional engagement with Arctic state partners and beyond. With the interest in Arctic growing exponentially,  the Centre supports and works closely with domestic partners, as well as with Canadian missions in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia and the United States, throughout Europe and Asia.

The Centre pursues four specific objectives:

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