Introduction.

Author:Griffiths, Franklyn
Position::CANADA'S ARTIC INTERESTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
 
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The Arctic is changing at a rate that continues to astound. To understand what's happening and how best to respond, Canada needs integrated intelligence on a host of issues ranging from the geopolitical to the situation of small indigenous communities. And still more is required. The emergent Arctic is sufficiently different from what we've hitherto known that new interpretive frameworks are now essential. On both counts, intelligence and its interpretation, the four presentations in this issue of Behind the Headlines provide much food for thought.

In a progression that moves from the local to the global, we hear first from the Premier of Nunavut, Paul Okalik, who very rightly draws the attention of us southerners to the capacity of Nunavut to strengthen Canada's claim to the Northwest Passage. Suzanne Lalonde, professor at the Faculty of Law in the University of Montreal at Quebec, then widens the angle in considering legal dimensions of Canada's Northwest Passage claim as it concerns the United States and other parties who may wish to make use of our Arctic waters in an era of accelerating climate change. Rob Huebert, who is professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary, enlarges the perspective still further in asserting Canada's need to defend its values and interests in responding to the activities of non-Arctic as well as Arctic states. Finally, in his comments Whitney Lackenbauer, Chair of History at St. Jerome's University, emphasizes the need for an integrated northern strategy. All in all, the varied offerings...

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