Canada to focus on development at Arctic Council; experts fear wrong approach
"....Canada is still seen in some countries as a nation intent on militarizing the North, in part because of the Harper government's aggressive "use it or lose it" rhetoric on Arctic sovereignty. "That's still readily associated with Canada." Duane Smith of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, which sits as a permanent participant on the council, says his group hopes Canada will promote discussions on subjects such as food security -- not just in the context of poverty, but also in relation to the ability to hunt and maintain traditional food sources in the face of a changing Arctic climate. "I don't mean food security from the grocery store, but sustainable ecosystems that the Inuit rely and depend on."..."