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

Nome - October 6-7

Schedule of Activities and Session Descriptions

Week of the Arctic, in Nome… 

Monday, October 6


0900-1100     Governance Roundtable * Kawerak Board Room, Ublugiaq Building

** 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 participating include:

  • Vera Metcalf, Chair, Eskimo Walrus Commission (confirmed)
  • Melanie Bahnke, President & CEO, Kawerak (confirmed)
  • Mayor Denise Michels, City of Nome (confirmed)
  • Mike Sloan, Nome Eskimo Community (confirmed)
  • Chuck Fagerstrom, Sitnasuak Corporation (confirmed)
  • Gail Schubert, Bering Straits Native Corporation (confirmed)
  • Sen. Donny Olson, Alaska State Legislature (invited)
  • Rep. Neal Foster¸ Alaska State Legislature (invited)
  • Jack Omelak, Alaska Nanuuq Commission (confirmed)
  • John Handeland¸ Nome Joint Utility System (confirmed)


1130-1300     Alaska Arctic Policy Commission * Nome City Council 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 Denise Michels, Rep. Bryce Edgmon and Nils Andreassen, and Executive Director Nikoosh Carlo.

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     CDQs, Fisheries Infrastructure and Lessons Learned * Mini Convention Center

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

Presentations by Larry Cotter, APICDA (confirmed); Tyler Rhodes, NSEDC (confirmed), Aggie Fouts, WACDA (confirmed).

Many Alaskans are familiar with the Community Development Quota program and companies, the purpose of which is to provide eligible western Alaska villages with the opportunity to participate and invest in fisheries; to support economic development; to alleviate poverty and provide economic and social benefits for residents; and to achieve sustainable and diversified local economies. 


1430-1700     Young Leaders Roundtable * Northwest Campus

** Closed session, by invite only for young Alaskans ages 16-35 - participation outside the room but in the region encouraged by calling in to 1-800-893-8850, PIN 6225300

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.


1500-1830    Maritime Operations, Prevention and Ocean Observations for Navigation Safety * Mini Convention Center
**Public participation welcome and encouraged

Safe, efficient and environmentally sound maritime operations rely on accurate real-time weather and marine forecasts. This session will consist of two panels and opportunities to engage in a discussion and brainstorming of needs and priorities for ocean observing, as well as maritime safety and prevention activities, over the next five years.

Tools for Maritime Domain Awareness: A report on the status of AOOS activities in past 5 years

Maritime Navigation and Forecasting – Tools for Maritime Domain Awareness
Moderated by Molly McCammon, Alaska Ocean Observing System (confirmed)

Panel will review existing observing efforts and recognized needs to aid navigation safety in the region and promote economic development and environmental protection.

  • Lucas Stotts, Harbormaster, Port of Nome (confirmed)
  • Greg Pavellas, Crowley Marine Operations (confirmed)
  • Ed Page, Marine Exchange of Alaska (confirmed)
  • Amy Holman, State Director, NOAA (confirmed)
  • James Robinson, District 17, U.S. Coast Guard (confirmed)

Maritime Operations, Prevention and Infrastructure
Moderated by Ted Rockwell, Senior Fellow, Institute of the North

Panelists with assets and responsibilities for preventing and responding to maritime search and rescue or oil pollution incidents will review their strengths, capabilities and gaps. Speakers include:


Tuesday, October 7


0830-1000     Federal Listening Session * Nome City Council Chambers

** Participation open to the public and testimony encouraged.

U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic Admiral Robert Papp; Rear Admiral Daniel Abel, District 17, U.S. Coast Guard; Ambassador David Balton, State Department; and Fran Ulmer, Advisor to the Secretary of State for Arctic Policy and Science, 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 - Arctic Issues Workshop * Mini Convention Center

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

Hosted in collaboration with the Arctic Economic Development Summit - Lunch will be provided

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, Chair, Institute of the North
  • Arctic Economic Development Summit

Briefing presentations:

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, Arctic Economic Development Summit

World Cafe – 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

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.