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

2014 Week of the Arctic

Save the Date for the
2014 Week of the Arctic (in the Arctic!)


In cooperation with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Arctic Economic Development Summit

Monday – Tuesday, October 6 and 7, in Nome
Wednesday – Thursday, October 8 and 9, in Kotzebue
Friday – Saturday, October 10 and 11, in Barrow

Increased maritime traffic, international attention and new opportunities for development are three good reasons to understand and work toward safe, secure operations on land and off Alaska’s Arctic coast. However, for Alaska’s Arctic residents, there is so much more that must go into Arctic decision-making.

The 2014 Week of the Arctic is a platform for community leaders, subject matter experts and interested stakeholders to learn about the Arctic while contributing to a growing list of priorities and perspectives. Presentations, roundtable discussions and workshops will be held in Nome, Kotzebue and Barrow. Throughout the week, presentations and interviews will be captured on video and in written reports.

Topics include:

  • Energy Development in Northern Regions
  • Collaborative Approaches to Science and Research
  • Local Governance and Communication
  • Maritime Response Operations
  • Food Security
  • Health Communities and Emerging Leadership
  • Preparation for the 2015 U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council
  • Business Development
  • Offshore Development – Risk Mitigation and Impact Benefit

The Week of the Arctic is designed so some conversations overlap between communities and others occur only once, building to a complete body of work that will be captured in a final report and video compilations. The Week of the Arctic not only educates Alaskans but delivers key insights and recommendations, providing clear guidelines for state and federal officials while promoting informed local decision-making.

Reserve your spot for the Week of the Arctic in Barrow, Nome, and Kotzebue. To register please click on each community for details and agendas. If you wish to participate in the entire WOA, please register for all three locations individually or contact Nils Andreassen, Executive Director, at There is no fee for registration, but the Institute is accepting donations in lieu of payment. Sponsorship of the Week of the Arctic starts at $100 and helps support the program that week, including catering, venue, AV, filming, travel and the final report. Contribute to the Week of the Arctic here.

Participation is by invitation only for some events; all events are open to the community for observation. Attendance by subject matter experts and others from outside the community is encouraged, with activities acting as listening sessions. The agenda will indicate how to proceed.

Travel to and lodging in each community is at the expense of the individual – the Institute of the North has arranged group airline discounts and a group block of rooms has been reserved at the Aurora Inn (Nome), Nullagvik Hotel (Kotzebue), and Top of the World (Barrow). Alaska Airlines flies from Anchorage regularly, and a discount code can be found on the travel and accomodations page. Additionally, a charter has been arranged to move participants from Kotzebue to Barrow.

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