[Archive] 20 April, 2017: Seminar on Rethinking Perspectives on Arctic Issues in 2017: A Joint Seminar with the Master Mariners of Canada (Halifax)

Rethinking Perspectives on Arctic Issues in 2017: A Joint Seminar with the Master Mariners of Canada

Migrations and Mobilities Subproject

8:30 – 17:00, 20 April 2017, at Room 1020, Kenneth C Rowe Management Building, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS, Canada

In collaboration with the Company of Master Mariners of Canada, the Migrations and Mobilities Subproject will host a one-day seminar at Dalhousie University, Halifax NS on Thursday 20 April 2017.

The seminar will explore key issues for polar shipping that are, or can be, anticipated to emerge from recent developments, including:

  • The entry into force of the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) on 1 January 2017;
  • The United States-Canada Joint Arctic Leaders’ Statement in December 2016;
  • The renewed commitment by Canada to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
  • The initiation of the Pikialaorsuaq (North Water Polynya) Commission by the Inuit Circumpolar Council;
  • Transport Canada’s implementation of the Polar Code; and
  • The Canadian Coast Guard’s Northern Marine Transportation Corridors Initiative.

The workshop will consider the significance of these developments to Canada’s implementation of international responsibilities, the enhancement of maritime safety and environmental protection, and the assurance that the aspirations and interests of Indigenous Peoples in the region are highlighted in the governance of Arctic shipping.

This unique event will bring together representatives from the Canadian Government, the maritime industry, and Arctic indigenous peoples to provide updates on developments within the various realms, and to discuss ongoing questions of how to improve safety, preparedness and response, and how to better engage with Arctic communities on such topics. This event will help to launch the Migrations and Mobilities Subproject, and will be accompanied by two internal meetings of the Subproject Team: a project organization meeting on 19 April and a future-planning meeting in light of the seminar on 21 April.



About our speakers

Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough – Provides an overview of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Additionally, provide thoughts on concrete ways that industry and government organizations can regulate, conduct and oversee shipping in a manner that respects the intent of the declaration.

Rosemarie Kaptana – Provides an overview of current issues of major interest to Arctic residents with respect to Indigenous rights in relation to UNCLOS maritime boundaries and development issues in the North. Additional commentary would be welcome on commercial shipping activities related to arctic sealift, extended seasons for ore extraction, cruise ships and oil drilling moratorium.

Okalik Eegeesiak – Provides an overview of work of the Inuit Circumpolar Council and the North Water Polynya Commission, including on the proposal for Indigenous protected areas in the Arctic (reference Mary Simon, Ottawa’s Northern Representative’s recent interim report to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett). Additionally, how best can organizations that are planning or undertaking shipping activities remain aware and consider the work being undertaken towards achieving a harmonious coexistence?

Dr. Claudio Aporta – Provides an overview of Inuit sea ice trails and water routes in the Canadian Arctic and potential relationship to shipping routes. Additionally, discuss where such information can be accessed and how it should be used by governments and shipping companies.

Captain Duke Snider – Provides an overview of the Polar Code and what its implementation will change with a focus on safety outcomes. Polar Waters vs Ice Navigation Training.

Desmond Raymond – Provides an overview of the Canadian regulations that are being developed to implement the Polar Code with a focus on how they vary from the international requirements and the expected outcomes. Additionally, an outlook on enforcement strategy for these regulations.

Robert Brooks – Provides an overview of the Canadian Coast Guard Arctic transportation corridors including the anticipated implementation measures, consultations and progress to date, and the timetable for full implementation.

Tim Meisner – Provides an overview of the Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan as it applies to Arctic waters and how Transport Canada envisions engaging with Indigenous and coastal communities to shape the nature and extent of marine activities in their areas of interest.

For more information, please contact Claudio Aporta (claudio.aporta@dal.ca) and Aldo Chircop (aldo.chircop@dal.ca).