Most of the Arctic, like most of the world, is commonly owned. With ownership comes the obligation to manage our resources for the benefit of the total. To do that, we must understand the reality, the richness, and the responsibility of the North.

– Governor Walter J. Hickel, Founder
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Governor Walter J. Hickel, founder of the Institute of the North, believed strongly that we must understand the reality, the richness and the responsibility of the North. Today, the Institute works to share that vision. Our mission is vital to Alaska’s role as a key stakeholder in policy affecting the Arctic. We stand at a pivotal place where ideas and connections matter – across the state and on a global scale. In the Arctic, the Institute is both an advocate and a convener.

The Institute specializes in how to utilize and care for the resource-rich commons for the benefit of those living in and on the commons. Areas of special study include Alaska, the many regions of the Arctic and other areas of the world that are wealthy in both human cultures and natural resources. The Institute has gained a wide reputation as a center for the study of commonly-owned lands, seas and resources using Alaska as a model.

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17 May

Arctic Mayors Sign Declaration

Just hours after the Arctic Council hosted its Fairbanks Ministerial, eleven circumpolar mayors came held a historic gathering to discuss a locally-driven future for Arctic governance.


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27 Jan

Review of CSIS “In Defense of the Arctic: Assessing US Security Concerns

By Keith Stinebaugh, Senior Fellow, Institute of the North

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted a discussion on 24 Jan entitled "In Defense of the Arctic:...

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22 Dec

Response to United States-Canada Joint Arctic Leaders’ Statement

The Institute of the North is committed to advancing Arctic issues related to sustainable development as part of a strategic, inclusive and collaborative approach. These last few years have...

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