Inuit in the Arctic Council: How Does Depiction Differ?




Arctic Council, Permanent Participants, Inuit, Inuit Circumpolar Council


The fact that Indigenous Peoples’ organizations have “Permanent Participant” status in the Arctic Council is often touted as one of the most positive features of the organization. However, the significance of being a permanent participant is contested. How does the Arctic Council itself characterize the status of Inuit, and permanent participants in general? How does the Inuit Circumpolar Council characterize its position in the Arctic Council? How do the governments of Canada, Denmark, Russia, and the United States—countries where Inuit reside—describe the participation of Inuit? This article presents a content analysis of a selection of primary documents to illuminate the answers to these questions. The major finding is that Inuit describe their status as leaders in the Arctic Council, while states and the Arctic Council itself describes them as participants.

Author Biography

Andrew Chater, Brescia University College

Assistant Professor (contract)





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