Yellowknife 2004 Position papers

The position papers are written specifically for the 3rd NRF Open Meeting by people prominent in Northern issues and activities from a variety of backgrounds. These essays focus on the different themes and sub-themes that will be addressed during the meeting and are meant to serve as a springboard inspiring discussion in the various sessions as well responses from panelists and other speakers.

Northern Dimensions - Expanding Circumpolar Cooperation
A report on a symposium that was held in Brussels on June 3-4, 2004, and hosted jointly by the Northern Research Forum, the Canadian Embassy in Finland and the Canadian Mission to the EU.

Co-option in Siberia: The Case of Diamonds and the Viliui Sakha
Susan A. Crate, Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Science and Policy
George Mason University, USA

Governance in Canada's Northwest Territories: Emerging Institutions and Governance Issues
Stephanie Irlbacher Fox, University of Cambridge, England and Yellowknife, NT, Canada

Balancing Cultural Tourism
Dr. Sven Haakanson, Jr., Executive Director
Alutiiq Museum, Kodiak, USA

Security in the North
Dr. Lassi Heininen, Chairman of the NRF Steering Committee, and Senior Scientist, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland

Report from the Workshop on Governance in the North. April 1-3, 2004, Tornio, Finland
Lassi Heininen,  Docent 
University of Lapland, Chairman of Northern Research Forum, Finland
Toms Rostoks, Lecturer, University of Latvia, Latvia

Arctic Security: Different Threats and Different Responses - A Discussion Paper
Rob Huebert
Department of Political Science; Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary, Canada

Food Security of Northern Indigenous Peoples in a Time of Uncertainty
C.D. James Paci is the Manager of lands and environment, Dene Nation. He is an advisor to the Arctic Athabaskan Council (AAC)-Canada. AAC is one of six Permanent Participants to the Arctic Council.

C.Dickson is the Executive Director, AAC, and works for the Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN). She is a member of the Vuntut Gwich’in Old Crow.

S.Nickels is the Director of environment, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK).

L.Chan is an National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Northern Research Chair and a faculty member of Center for Indigenous Nutrition and Environment (CINE), McGill University. He is co- principle investigator on the Climate Change Impacts Adaptations Directorate (Natural Resources Canada -NRCan), Earth Science Secretariat research on climate change and human health, under the Impacts and Adaptation Program.

C.Furgal is a faculty member of Center for Health University of Laval (CHUL) and a co-lead of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment Report (ACIA) Health Chapter. He is also co- principle investigator on the NRCan funded project.

Problems of Nuclear and Radiation Safety in the Murmansk Region
Alexander Ruzankin, Dr. of Economics
Head of Department of Economic Development
Administration of the Murmansk region, Russia

Getting Traction on the Thinning Ice Road
Clive Tesar
Editor of Northern Perspectives (Journal of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee) and of the Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat Arctic Update, Ottawa, Canada

Polar Bear as a Resource: An Overview
George W. Wenzel, Professor
Department of Geography, McGill University 
Montreal, QC, Canada