CBC News Posted: Aug 27, 2012
Leona Aglukkaq’s appointment to chair the Arctic Council is being welcomed by many Inuit organizations.
Aglukkaq, the federal health minister and M-P for Nunavut, will take on the role when Canada assumes leadership of the Arctic Council next year. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment during his Arctic tour at a stop in Cambridge Bay.
The Arctic Council, which is currently led by Sweden, consists of eight Arctic states with six international organizations representing aboriginal peoples.
The Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, Duane Smith, said it’s good Canada is being pro-active by selecting Aglukkaq. Smith said he hopes to start collaborating with Aglukkaq before she takes over the chair in January.