A sacred promise broken?
Barry Scott Zellen, PhD, explains why decline in indigenous consultation at the Arctic Council signals a retreat from the spirit of the 1996 Ottawa Declaration
The unprecedented four-month boycott of the Arctic Council was unexpected news to the six Permanent Participant organisations representing the indigenous peoples of the Arctic. While the Council is predicated upon the spirit of meaningful and inclusive participation of Arctic indigenous peoples, who hold special status under the foundational terms of the 1996 Ottawa Declaration, the Permanent Participants were not consulted before this historic boycott of Council meetings . . .