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NEWS: Around the Arctic November 07, 2012 - 8:53 am

Photo: Nov. 7, “International Inuit Day”

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Nov. 7 is "International Inuit Day," declared at the 2006 Inuit Circumpolar Council general assembly in Barrow, Alaska, as a day when Inuit honour the memory of ICC's late founding president Eben Hopson, who was born on Nov. 7, 1922. In 1976, Hopson rallied the Inuit leaders of Greenland, Canada, the United States and Russia to form an international organization, then called the Inuit Circumpolar Conference. The North Slope Borough mayor hosted the first ICC assembly in 1977 in Barrow where delegates passed 17 resolutions on Inuit land claims, Arctic environmental protection, Arctic health and technology, and Inuit culture and education. "The single most important issue facing all Inuit, regardless of where they live, is the preservation of a unique culture, identity and way of life before they are destroyed by large-scale industrial development and the intrusions of southern society," Hopson said at the time. (FILE PHOTO)

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