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:
- to contribute to the development and implementation of a comprehensive Canadian Arctic foreign policy, including strengthened regional engagement
- to support the identification of targeted, innovative trade and commercial opportunities for the North, including and benefiting Northerners
- to help position Canada as a global leader in Arctic science and research
- to assert Canadian positions and contribute to raising Canada's profile on Northern issues, through an active advocacy strategy involving Northern participation
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