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

Barrow - October 10-11

Schedule of Activities and Session Descriptions

Week of the Arctic, in Barrow… 

Friday, October 10


0900-1100     Governance Roundtable * Iñupiat 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. Participants include

  • Rex Rock, President & CEO, ASRC (confirmed)
  • Mayor Charlotte Brower, North Slope Borough (confirmed)
  • Harry Brower, Jr., Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission (confirmed)
  • George Olemaun, Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope (confirmed)
  • Anthony Edwardsen, President & CEO, UIC (confirmed)
  • TBD, Member, Board of Directors, ASRC (confirmed)
  • Marie Carroll, President, Arctic Slope Native Association (confirmed)
  • Jake Adams, CAO, North Slope Borough (confirmed)
  • Hugh Patkotak, CEO, Olgoonik Corporation (invited)
  • Mayor Bob Harcharek, City of Barrow (confirmed)
  • Elsie Itta, Vice Chair, Ilisagvik College (confirmed)
  • Rep. Benjamin Nageak, Alaska State Legislature (confirmed)
  • Thomas Olemaun, President, Native Village of Barrow (confirmed)


1130-1300     Alaska Arctic Policy Commission * North Slope Borough Chambers

** Participation open to the public and testimony encouraged. Lunch will be provided.

Presentation of draft Alaska Arctic Policy and Implementation Plan by Commissioners Jake Adams, Rep. Benjamin Nageak, Sen. Lyman Hoffman, with co-chair Rep. Bob Herron

The public is encouraged to deliver testimony to the Commission 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.


1330-1430     Maritime Operations and Arctic Waterways Safety * Iñupiat Heritage Center

** Participation open to the public - presentations and panel discussion with opportunity for Q&A

Presentations from:


1430-1700     Young Leaders Roundtable * Ilisagvik College

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

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.


1500-1545     Overview and Update – NPR-A Working Group * Iñupiat Heritage Center
** Participation open to the public - presentations and discussion with opportunity for Q&A

Speakers include:

  • John Boyle, North Slope Borough (confirmed)
  • John Hopson, Jr., Wainwright (confirmed)
  • George Olemaun, ICAS (confirmed)

1545-1630      Overview and Update – Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat * Iñupiat Heritage Center
** Participation open to the public - presentations and discussion with opportunity for Q&A

  • Teresa Imm, Vice President, ASRC (confirmed)

1630-1700      State of Alaska activities * Iñupiat Heritage Center

  • Kate Wolgemuth, Office of the Governor (confirmed)


1700-1830     Emerging Issues in Science and Research * Barrow Arctic Research Center
** Participation open to the public - presentations and discussion with opportunity for Q&A

Moderated by Richard Glenn, Vice President, ASRC (tentative)

Panelists include:


Saturday, October 11


0830-1000     Federal Listening Session * North Slope Borough Chambers

** Participation open to the public and testimony encouraged.

Federal representatives involved in the Arctic Council 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. Participating officials include Gilbert Castellanos, International Affairs Specialist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Head of Delegation to the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group of the Arctic Council; and Mark Fesmire, Alaska Region Director, BSEE, and member, U.S. delegation, Arctic Council Task Force on Marine Oil Pollution Prevention.


1030-1600     Built Infrastructure and Human Capital - Arctic Issues Workshop * Iñupiat Heritage Center

**Invited participants - subject matter experts and community leaders - with public observation

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.

Morning - Opening Remarks:

Briefing presentations – Moderated by Cheryl Stine, ASRC:

Regional Energy

  • Jackie Schaeffer, WHPacific (confirmed)
  • Morrie Lemen, Public Works, North Slope Borough (tentative)

Comprehensive Planning

Workforce Development

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, are from Paris, France, and work with experimentation and performance; their 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.

World Café
Facilitated by Nils Andreassen, Institute of the North; and Lena Jacobs, Arctic Economic Development Summit

  • Regional Energy Study
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Residential Learning Facility
  • Housing and Childcare
  • Food Security

In three rotations, small group discussions will:

  • 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.
  • Brainstorm possible ways to address the problem statement – what could be done?
  • Focus on constructive solutions or policy-relevant findings – what should be done? 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?

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.


1600    Adjourn - Eskimo Dancing