Polynya area options to be debated

A view of the harbour site from Innaarsuit, a very productive fishing and hunting village north of Upernavik. © Alfred Er Jakobsen, September 2009

The Inuit Circumpolar Council, office of the Chair and the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Greenland have begun discussions with Inuit stakeholders about the North Water Polynya (Pikialaorsuaq in Greenlandic). The North Water Polynya is an area of open water surrounded by sea ice that lies between Greenland and Canada in northern Baffin Bay.

The Pikialaorsuaq Commission’s hearings in Canada’s high Arctic and in Greenland communities will discuss options available to manage shipping, tourism, fishing, and non-renewable resource exploration/development.

The Commission will be led by ICC Chair Okalik Eegeesiak, International Commissioner; former Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak, Canadian Commissioner; and former Greenland Premier Kuupik Kleist, Greenland Commissioner.