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Co-chairs: Stephanie Meakin (Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada)

Maya Gold (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Shari Fox (Inuit Circumpolar Counicl Canada)


Arctic shipping is increasing, and Inuit must have a voice in protecting the Arctic marine environment which is the center of Inuit culture and food security. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a special agency of the United Nations tasked with the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. IMO creates a regulatory framework to be universally adopted, taking into consideration the unique environmental needs of the world's waterways. Inuit, of the circumpolar north, are looking to IMO's regulations, including the POLAR Code to help manage the Arctic waters in a time of climate change and lessened sea ice extent. In London's IMO meeting earlier this year, the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Canada brought a message of the need to include the Inuit voice at IMO to fulfil its mandate to protect oceans. From the use safer fuels in Arctic shipping and the prevention of the impacts from spills, ballast discharge, underwater noise and emission controls to and mitigate climate change in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGD's). Over 50% of the daily Inuit diet comes from the land and sea, so the protection of Arctic waters is of utmost importance to the Inuit communities of Canada, and internationally. This session will discuss shipping issues in Arctic waters and advances in shipping corridors and safe Arctic shipping. Efforts through the ARctic Counicl PAME and EPPR will also be consdiered. The importance of Inuit knowledge when creating regulations that protect Arctic waters, defining shipping corridors and advising on marine conservation efforts. Communities, industry, government, NGO, and science perspectives will make this session an exciting oppoertunity to address this critical issue facing the circumpolar Arctic and all Arctic communities.