Nunavut premier to meet with PM, defence minister on Arctic security

Russian presence in Arctic regions a concern for territorial premiers

Nunavut Premier P.J. Akeeagok, pictured meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in December, will join the N.W.T. and Yukon premiers Monday evening for a virtual discussion on Arctic security with Trudeau and Defence Minister Anita Anand. (Photo courtesy of Premier P.J. Akeeagok/Twitter)

By Nunatsiaq News

Nunavut Premier P.J. Akeeagok is scheduled to meet virtually with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Monday evening to discuss Arctic sovereignty and security in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

N.W.T. Premier Caroline Cochrane, Yukon Premier Sandy Silver and federal Minister of Defence Anita Anand are also expected to be in attendance, according to the public itinerary released by Trudeau’s office.

The three territorial premiers wrote a letter to the federal government asking for a discussion on Canada’s Arctic security and sovereignty after Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. 

One of the concerns voiced in the letter, which was tabled at the Nunavut legislature on March 16, is Russia’s growing economic and military presence in its northern regions.

“As Russia’s global investments and interests grow, we fear that Russia’s aggression will inevitably present itself into Arctic affairs,” the letter states. 

The letter also highlights concerns that Russia’s aggression will compromise the Arctic Council, an international body for discussing Arctic affairs.

Russia is currently the Arctic Council chair, a term that runs until May 2023. The other seven nations that make up the council announced in early March they condemn the invasion and announced a decision to indefnitely “pause” the Arctic Council’s work as a response.

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(10) Comments:

  1. Posted by Freedom lover on

    He should not align with hatred west. Hope Russia come help innocent victims from western hypocrites. Inuit are victims too long from rcmp.

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    • Posted by 867 on

      Maybe go check how Russia treats its Indiginous peoples. If that looks good to you please go ahead and move ther.

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  2. Posted by Pork Pie the Pundit on

    If anything Russia’s excursion into Ukraine makes any kind of military aggression into the sovereign territories of North America (if that is the issue here), for the foreseeable future at least, far less likely.

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    • Posted by NORTHERN on

      Them russki s are losing the war in ukraine , last time i checked the score board , they will go back home and lick their wounds , i don t link vlad will want to go on another adventure for a while

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      • Posted by Pork Pie the pundit on

        They really aren’t doing well at all, they’ve suffered much greater loss of life and equipment than they imagined. This whole adventure will weaken them even further.

        I’m not exactly sure what PJ is concerned about. As for their build up in the North it’s possible the Russians main goal is in looting the seabed.

        A land invasion of the North American continent makes no sense at all for them. What would they gain? Nothing, their Navy would be reduced to scrap by the US military in no time.

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  3. Posted by Umingmak on

    There is nothing inspiring nor comforting in seeing Trudeau as the head of this country in the current global climate.

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  4. Posted by 867 on

    Nice socks though

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  5. Posted by Beleaver on

    Another DEW Line site? Baffin Islanders are still cleaning up the mess they left behind.

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  6. Posted by Soothsayer on

    This might be pure fiction, but there have been comments appearing in these pages recently that are very unusual in the way they have positioned themselves toward Russia. The first comment on this thread by ‘Freedom Lover’ is like this. Also note the recurring endorsement of “journalists” who appear on Russian state sponsored media in different stories lately. We know Russia uses social media to export confusion to the west, it might seem difficult to believe they have much interest in this tiny publication, but who knows.

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    • Posted by PR on

      Naive does not begin to describe it. The US is hard bent on conflict wherever, it is what they do. Taiwan Ukrania it was a toss up.

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