Past Chairmanships News

  • Senior Arctic Officials met in Whitehorse, 2-5 March 2015

    March 5, 2015 - The Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials and Permanent Participant organizations, which represent indigenous peoples of the Arctic region, held their fourth and final meeting...

  • Senior Arctic Officials' meeting in Whitehorse, 2-5 March 2015

    At the meeting of Senior Arctic Officials in Whitehorse, delegations will take a comprehensive look at the work of the Arctic Council in the lead up to the Iqaluit 2015 Ministerial meeting...

  • SAO Chair Vincent Rigby talks at the Arctic Frontiers conference

    SAO Chair speaks at Arctic Frontiers

    At the Arctic Frontiers conference, in Tromsø, Norway on January 19, Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials Vincent Rigby spoke during the opening session.

  • Photo from the meeting sessions

    Senior Arctic Officials met in Yellowknife, 22-23 October

    October 23, 2014 - The Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials and Heads of Delegation of indigenous Permanent Participant organizations held their third meeting under Canada’s Chairmanship, on October 22-23, 2014, in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

  • SAOs to meet in Yellowknife October 22-23, 2014

    At the meeting of Senior Arctic Officials in Yellowknife, delegations will take a comprehensive look at the ongoing work of the Arctic Council...

  • Image: Bob Wilson, 2013

    Yellowknife: Multum in Parvo - Many Things in a Small Place

    The October 2014 meeting of Senior Arctic Officials will take place in Yellowknife, capital of the Northwest Territories, Canada. Learn about this unique northern city...

  • Image of wall mural by Jonathan Cruz in Iqaluit, Canada

    2015 Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting Announced

    Canada will host the 2015 Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Iqaluit, Nunavut, on April 24-25.

  • Image of Iqaluit at Night

    Founding Meeting of the Arctic Economic Council Scheduled

    The founding meeting of the Arctic Economic Council (AEC) will take place September 2nd and 3rd in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. The AEC will be an independent body, working to foster sustainable development...

  • Portrait of SAO Chair Vincent Rigby

    Interview with the Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials – Vincent Rigby

    Chair of the Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials, Vincent Rigby, recently discussed his new role and the road ahead to the 2015 Ministerial meeting with the Arctic Council Secretariat.

  • Patrick Borbey, Canada's SAO Chair.

    Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials Patrick Borbey on sustainable Arctic shipping

    In March 2014, Patrick Borbey, Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials, spoke in London at a Conference on Sustainable Arctic Shipping and Marine Operations.  In a brief interview, Mr. Borbey spoke about the collaborative work of the Arctic states and associated issues of marine safety, infrastructure and tourism, including the work of PAME’s Arctic Marine Tourism project.

  • Photo by: ACS/Linnea Nordström

    Senior Arctic Officials met in Yellowknife

    March 27, 2014 – The Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials held their second meeting under Canada’s Chairmanship in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories on March 26-27, 2014. The theme for Canada’s Chairmanship is “Development for the People of the North.”

  • Photo by: ACS/Linnea Nordström

    Agreement on the Arctic Economic Council

    The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Minister for the Arctic Council and Chair of the Arctic Council welcomes agreement on the Arctic Economic Council

  • Image: Bob Wilson, 2013

    Arctic Council upcoming SAO meeting in Yellowknife

    At the Arctic Council’s upcoming meeting of Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (NWT), Canada, delegations from the Arctic Council’s states and Permanent Participant organizations (which represent indigenous peoples of the Arctic) will take a comprehensive look at the ongoing work of the Arctic Council...

  • Yellowknife: Multum in Parvo - Many Things in a Small Place

    Situated on the Northern shore of Great Slave Lake, Yellowknife is the capital of the Northwest Territories, Canada. Founded in 1934, the city is located in the traditional territory of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation who founded the nearby community of Dettah in the early 1930s. Contrary to popular belief, Yellowknife’s name does not come from its gold mining origins...

  • Lithuanians drying cod in Lofoten/ Photo: Mia Bennett

    Arctic Economic Council

    The Arctic Council recognizes the central role of business in the sustainable development of the Arctic. During Canada’s Chairmanship (2013-15), the Arctic states and indigenous permanent participant organizations are facilitating the creation of a circumpolar business forum - the Arctic Economic Council.

  • Photo of large meeting room full of people

    Arctic States Release Statement to UNFCCC COP XIX

    As the current Chair of the Arctic Council, Canada has the pleasure of making this statement on behalf of the Arctic Council States – Canada, Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russian Federation, Sweden, and the United States of America – and the six Arctic Council indigenous permanent participant organizations.

  • New gavel. Photo: Arctic Council.

    Senior Arctic Officials Met in Whitehorse

    The Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials held their first meeting under Canada’s Arctic Council chairmanship in Whitehorse, Yukon, on October 21 to 23, 2013.

  • SAO Chair Patrick Porbey opens the meeting.

    Photos from the Whitehorse SAO Meeting

    High resolution photos from the Whitehorse Senior Arctic Officials' and Permanent Participants' meeting held 21-23 October can be found in the Arctic Council Flickr gallery. These photos are available for use through the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons license. Please credit the Arctic Council Secretariat.

  • A view of Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory of Canada where the upcoming SAO meeting will be held.

    Media Advisory: Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials Meeting to Take Place in Whitehorse

    Patrick Borbey, chair of Senior Arctic Officials, will hold a media availability on October 23 on the results of the plenary meeting of the Senior Arctic Officials. Media representatives are also invited to attend a public outreach event held by the Arctic Council and its biodiversity working group, CAFF, in partnership with the Government of Yukon and the Yukon Science Institute.

  • The main street of Whitehorse features stores and restaurants.

    Whitehorse, the Wilderness City

    The city of Whitehorse is located on the banks of the Yukon River in south-western Yukon, an hour and half from Kluane National Park, home of Mount Logan, Canada’s highest mountain. Whitehorse was an important river and railway hub for prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 and was named for the white “manes” of the nearby river rapids close to a former First Nations salmon fishing site.