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LETTER — Community needs should be priority for Aglukkaq at Arctic Council
McGill University researchers have issued an appeal to the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, MP for Nunavut and Minister for the Arctic Council, calling on her to prioritize the needs of Northern communities during her tenure as Arctic Council chair.
In an open letter to Aglukkaq, professors James Ford, George Wenzel, and members of McGill’s Climate Change Adaptation Research Group cite food security, community health, and youth engagement as priorities that should be addressed.
The researchers say these issues are being sidelined by the Harper government’s focus on Arctic resource development: “Making resource development a priority ahead of the health and living conditions of Arctic Canadians is not only unsustainable, it is potentially damaging to the health and well-being of Northern residents and consequently to the future of Northern Canada as a whole.”
We post this letter in light of a recent article by Ms. Aglukkaq published in the fall issue of NPA Magazine, in which the Minister discusses the government’s priorities for the North and her appointment as Minister for the Arctic Council. You can read her article here.