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 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.