As 2015 draws rapidly to a close, I would like to take a moment to gratefully extend my warmest holiday wishes to you and your family!
As we reflect on this year events, we are aware of those who have worked side by side with us to shape and structure the work of the Permanent Participants in the Arctic.
Our thoughts turn to your contribution, and we would like to say thank you for your dedication. Events like the Whitehorse Workshop on Financing and Capacity, ICARP III in Japan and the Vancouver Training workshop for Permanent Participants have deepened the 6 Permanent Participants engagement with the Arctic Council. This spring Gwich'in Council International assumed the chairmanship of the Indigenous Peoples Secretariat (IPS) following the US chairmanship in the Arctic Council for a two-year term. And with the aim of strengthening the work of “high level forum” and to reflect the fact that IPS was established through the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy and continued through the 1996 declaration that established the Arctic Council, the Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat will open its office in Tromsø, Norway in January 2016.
On behalf of the IPS Board I would like to thank the Kingdom of Denmark and Government of Greenland for their valuable contribution to the establishment and promotion of the Secretariat and the interests of the Arctic indigenous peoples.
Ethel Blake, IPS Chair