Co-Chairs: Neil O'Rourke (Canadian Coast Guard Arctic Region)

Beverly Foster (Canadian Coast Guard Arctic Region)

Gabriel Nirlungnayuq (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Robert Young (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)


This panel will focus on Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the Canadian Coast Guard’s new Arctic regions.

This is an opportunity to showcase a new approach taken by DFO and Coast Guard to advance reconciliation and relationships with Inuit, First Nations and Metis governments and organizations in order to enhance program delivery in the North. Panelists will discuss themes and priorities identified during engagement sessions with Arctic communities, and preliminary implications for DFO and Coast Guard’s programs and services moving forward.


By sharing lessons learned and experiences in implementing the Arctic region with other governments and organizations, this panel will advance core concepts of collaborative policy-development and meaningful engagement in the North, while gaining valuable feedback from panel participants to inform future activities.