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

Kotzebue - October 8-9

Schedule of Activities and Session Descriptions

Week of the Arctic, in Kotzebue… 

Wednesday, October 8


0900-1100     Governance Roundtable * Northwest Arctic Heritage Center

** Participation, including observation, limited to invited guests only.

The agenda will focus on how the region is, or would like to be, engaged in the National Strategy for the Arctic Region, Arctic Council preparations, and Alaska Arctic Policy Commission. Current and potential communications and strategies will be discussed, including the question of what a successful, meaningful partnership looks like relative to federal and state Arctic activities. Established leaders engage in dialogue focused on how to manage and strengthen communication capacity. Participants include:

  • Mayor Reggie Joule, Northwest Arctic Borough (confirmed)
  • Marie Greene, NANA (confirmed)
  • Tim Schuerch, Maniilaq (invited)
  • Derek Martin, City Manager, City of Kotzebue (confirmed)
  • Mayor Clement Richards, City of Kotzebue (confirmed)
  • Fred Smith, NWAB (confirmed)
  • Cheryl Edenshaw, Alaska Technical Center (invited)
  • Willie Goodwin, Alaska Marine Mammal Coalition (confirmed)
  • Tom Ukallaysaaq Okleasik, Native Village of Kotzebue (confirmed)


1130-1300     Alaska Arctic Policy Commission * Northwest Arctic Borough Chambers - Lunch will be provided

** Participation open to the public and testimony encouraged.

Presentation of draft Alaska Arctic Policy and Implementation Plan by Commissioners Mayor Reggie Joule, Elizabeth Moore, Nils Andreassen, Stefanie Moreland and Lisa Pekich, with Executive Director Nikoosh Carlo.

The public is encouraged to deliver comments as part of the open and public process facilitated by the Commission. All testimony will be considered part of the official record. The final policy and report is due to the Alaska State Legislature by January 30, 2015.


1300-1330     Update - State of Alaska and Coast Guard

** Participation open to the public


1500-1700     Community and Regional Approaches to Affordable Energy * Northwest Arctic Heritage Center
**Public participation welcome and encouraged

Roundtable participants from organizations and companies working to address high energy costs in the region will review past and current efforts. The conversation will focus on policy or technological changes made that facilitate new approaches. At the same time, a discussion of regional energy needs will take place and include an update on plans for regional energy solutions.

Panelists include:


1430-1700     Young Leaders Roundtable * Chukchi Campus

** Closed session, by invite only for young Alaskans ages 16-35

Convened by Maija Lukin and Hannah Atkinson.

Facilitated group discussion focused on a central question of “What do healthy, sustainable communities in Alaska’s Arctic look like in 2040?” Participants will discuss important social, economic, cultural and environmental features of Alaska’s Arctic communities. This discussion hosted in collaboration with UAF's Northern Arctic Scenarios Project.


1600-1700     Workforce Development and Training * Alaska Technical Center

** Participation open to the public

Tour led by Cheryl Edenshaw, Director, Alaska Technical Center (confirmed)


1730-1830   Regional Subsistence Mapping * Alaska Technical Center
** Participation open to the public - presentations and panel discussion with opportunity for Q&A

Panelists include:


Thursday, October 9


0830-1000     Federal Listening Session * Northwest Arctic Borough Chambers

** Participation open to the public and testimony encouraged.

U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic Admiral Robert Papp and Ambassador David Balton invite public testimony on a range of Arctic issues - climate change, economic development, energy, the environment, and security - as the United States prepares to assume the chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015.


1030-1600     Built Infrastructure and Human Capital - An Open Space Workshop * Northwest Arctic Heritage Center

**Invited participants - subject matter experts and community leaders - with public observation - Lunch will be provided

Hosted in collaboration with the Arctic Economic Development Summit

This day-long session will evaluate Arctic business and workforce development, food security, offshore activity, and many other issues - determined by those who attend. Panel, plenary and small group discussion will review past and current plans and strategies, evaluate competitive advantages and strategic assets, and develop a short list of recommendations that respond to increasing activity in the Arctic but also community needs.

Opening Remarks:

  • Drue Pearce, on behalf of the Institute of the North
  • Fred Smith, on behalf of the Arctic Economic Development Summit

Briefing presentations, moderated by Robbie Kirk, Maniilaq:

Lunch: Polar Lab –The “Artists in the Arctic” residency program, hosted by the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, highlights Alaska’s place in the Arctic as a way to connect globally. Participating artists use their work to cross cultures and borders as they address a complex North in transition. Some of the objectives of the program are to increase public knowledge of creative and scholarly endeavors in the North, and encourage the creation of art expressing the interaction between people and the natural, built and virtual environments of the North. Moderated by Alaska’s own Allison Warden, this panel discussion will feature:

  • Magali Daniaux & Cédric Pigot, from Paris, France, who work with experimentation and performance, and whose current interests include climate change, economic, political and geo-strategic issues, urban development and food management.
  • Mary Mattingly, an American visual artist living and working in New York, who explores the themes of home, travel, cartography, and humans' relationships with each other, with the environment, with machines, and with corporate and political entities.

Afternoon -
Facilitated by Nils Andreassen, Institute of the North; and Lena Jacobs, Partnership Manager, Arctic Economic Development Summit

Directed Open Space – Small groups choose to discuss one of these topics or one of their own

  • Economic & Human Development
  • Food Security (Subsistence) & Cultural Issues (Traditional Knowledge)
  • Onshore & Offshore Development
  • Arctic Infrastructure
  • Energy Issues & Bulk Fuel Purchasing
  • Arctic Resources
  • Governance
  • U.S. Coast Guard Presence
  • Marine Transportation
  • Arctic Research

Small group discussions will: Where are we now? Where do we want to get to? How do we get there?

  • Develop a problem statement – what about the issue is at stake? This could be a gap or lack to be addressed, or a benefit to be achieved.
  • Asset identification – what do we have to work with?
  • Brainstorm possible ways to address the problem statement – what could we do?
  • Focus on constructive solutions or policy-relevant findings – what should we do? Provide some insight into which level of government would be responsible and what you hope will be accomplished.
  • Find consensus about next steps – is there a specific recommendation the group wants to follow up on? What will you do?

Participants will discuss risk as it relates to scale and potential, as well as how both are communicated, in an effort to get a firm grasp on community and regional perspectives and priorities. These, as well as a review and analysis of potential benefits, can then be viewed relative to perspectives outside Alaska, and understood as part of a broader, strategic agenda driven by the people of the North. Toward the end of the process groups will report out and a prioritization of consensus findings will occur.