April 20, 2022 – Ottawa
Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Canada and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) are pleased to announce a collaboration project aimed at bringing greater awareness of circumpolar Inuit issues and the importance of Inuit globally in support of reconciliation. The project includes articles in Canadian Geographic magazine, public speaking events, educational materials and outreach, and a documentary film project.
“On behalf of ICC Canada it is a pleasure to announce this collaboration between our organizations to highlight the value of Inuit voices in global governance. The RCGS has been informing Canadians since 1929 about our country and is committed to amplifying Inuit voices. This collaboration reflects the groundswell of reconciliation efforts across the country, and grew from informal meetings between officials in our organizations over time. Our Board of Directors has greeted this project with enthusiasm, and we feel we will all benefit from it. I thank Her Excellency for supporting this project,” stated Monica Ell-Kanayuk, President, ICC Canada.
“RCGS is deeply committed to living the principles of reconciliation in all aspects of our work. To fully realize our mission to make Canada better known to Canadians and the world, we must amplify authentic Inuit voices related to knowledge of Inuit Nunangat and governance as means of guiding our own actions, and that of all Canadians, in our efforts to curb climate change and take positive climate action. Our collaboration with ICC Canada offers these opportunities and we are honoured to be the chosen, trusted partner of Inuit in this pursuit,” said John Geiger, CEO, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
Evidence of the collaboration can already be found in the pages of recent editions of Canadian Geographic magazine, with profiles of ICC’s international work, and more recently the special edition on Indigenous Voices featuring a cover story about the resurgence of traditional Inuit tattoos. Later in 2022, when conditions permit, a joint public speaking event is planned, and work has begun this year in the planning phase on a documentary film profiling key circumpolar Inuit issues.
“This is a very exciting project for Inuit,” said ICC Canada Vice-President (International) Lisa Koperqualuk. “Impacts in the circumpolar Arctic come from abroad, and to safeguard the Arctic, Inuit voices must be heard. Inuit are doing incredible things not only to combat climate change, but also and through our Indigenous knowledge and the preservation of our language we have much to offer our youth, Canada, and the world. RCGS is a great partner to help tell our stories. There are some fascinating links we all have together, so this collaboration has developed quite organically, and I am very happy we are announcing it today, and with the support of the Governor General of Canada.”
“Collaboration on Inuit, First Nations and Métis led initiatives to advance our own, and Canadians, understanding is key to realizing the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s strategic priority to advance Truth and Reconciliation across Canada. I am proud to celebrate this collaboration with the Inuit Circumpolar Council of Canada,” said Charlene Bearhead, Director of Reconciliation, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.