The Eyes of the World are Turning North
The 2012 Week of the Arctic took place August 13-18 in Anchorage, Alaska and featured nine events focused on addressing important issues facing Alaska’s Arctic. The Week of the Arctic brought together a range of knowledgeable speakers and Alaskans who are interested in learning more and contributing to the policy discussions. Throughout the week relationships were built and strengthened.
“The eyes of the world are turning north,” said Governor Walter Hickel in an article titled “The Day of the Arctic Has Come” in the June 1973 edition of the Reader’s Digest. Now, more than ever before, Governor Hickel’s vision holds true.
For that reason, the Institute of the North's Week of the Arctic is designed to provide a suite of options for Alaskans to engage with critical issues. Consistent with the Institute’s mission to inform public policy and to cultivate an engaged citizenry, the goal of the week is that participants to walk away more aware of an Arctic issue; that speakers and participants have contributed something to the policy discussions taking place in the state, as well as nationally and internationally; and that Alaskans have a chance to connect with an issue and share their perspective. Each of the nine events during the week were distinct in process, program, audience and outcomes giving people a range of options and levels of engagement.
The week’s signature event was the presentation of the Robert O. Anderson Sustainable Arctic award to Red Dog Mine, recognizing the partnership between NANA and Teck Alaska. The Robert O. Anderson Sustainable Arctic Award reinforces the commitment that Alaskans have made to our peoples and communities, and to responsible resource development.
The culmination of the week was a champagne toast on Saturday morning celebrating the Governor Walter J. Hickel Day of the Arctic. To honor him, and his vibrant legacy, the legislature voted to make August 18, Governor Walter J. Hickel Day of the Arctic. Joined by family, friends and others who share his vision for Alaska, the Institute of the North raised a glass to honor our founder on what would have been his 93rd birthday.
Mark your calendars now for the 2013 Week of the Arctic, which will take place August 12-18.