Welcome to “Inuit & Qallunaat Concepts of Arctic Marine Space in Maritime Transport Policies” offered March 2012 by the Coastal & Marine Management program, University Centre of the Westfjords, Ísafjörður, Westfjord, Iceland. This site provides a course description, course syllabus and readings/research materials. Join us as the course unfolds in Ísafjörður in the Westfjords, Iceland!
Nadine Fabbi & one of Churchill, Manitoba’s sweetest sled dogs!
|Nadine C. Fabbi is currently researching Canadian Inuit political mobilization in the Arctic region – both geopolitical self-determination and emerging strategies in educational policy. In 2010 she was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from University of the Arctic and the Government of Canada for her proposal, “Arctic Educational Policies and their Impact on Canada’s Leadership Role in the Circumpolar World.” In 2007 Nadine utilized a Government of Canada Faculty Research Grant, “Inuit Homelands in Canada” to design the first Task Force on the Arctic. In 2009 she was awarded a Program Enhancement Grant to take 13 University of Washington students to Ottawa as part of the first Task Force on Arctic Sovereignty co-taught with Professor Gallucci. Nadine has travelled to Alaska, the Yukon, Greenland, Iceland and Siberia and has taught two summer programs on Inuit homelands for the University of Alberta. In 2008 she was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the International Council for Canadian Studies in recognition of her contributions to Canadian Studies. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of British Columbia.
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Welcome to “Inuit & Qallunaat Concepts of Arctic Marine Space in Maritime Transport Policies” offered March 2012 by the Coastal & Marine Management program, University Centre of the Westfjords, Ísafjörður, Westfjord, Iceland. This site provides a course description, course syllabus and readings/research materials. Join us as the course unfolds in Ísafjörður in the Westfjords, Iceland! – Nadine
How do we understand the Arctic marine environment and how does this understanding translate into maritime transport policies and ultimately into emerging forms of governance for the Arctic region?
For the Inuit, marine space – sea ice and open sea – is a source of food, skins for traditional clothing, materials for art, and serves as a platform for cultural and educational activities. Inuit identity, at its core, is based on free movement on nunangat (land, sea and ice). Qallunaat (non-Inuit) have traditionally used the Arctic seas for economic gain to support exploration or extraction of natural resources, tourism, future fisheries and shipping routes. As a result, how Arctic marine space is conceived has considerable variation resulting in developing tensions and disputes over ownership and use. These differing concepts shape the agenda of Arctic maritime transport policies.
Qallunaat policies focus on safety and environmental protection or short-term sustainability primarily to support near future economic development. The policy of the international Inuit association, the Inuit Circumpolar Council, “The Sea Ice is Our Highway: An Inuit Perspective on Transportation in the Arctic” (2008), calls for a different type of sustainability. Inuit sustainability is based on maintaining the natural order for hundreds and even thousands of years (p. 22). Given these differing concepts of Arctic marine space and the values/policies they generate, how can we successfully resolve maritime transport disputes?
This course will provide a critical foundation for understanding marine transport in the Arctic region – a region comprising much of Inuit traditional homeland. Lectures will include an overview of the geography of the Arctic Ocean including major ports, traditional travel and shipping routes; the history of Arctic marine transport for Inuit and Qallunaat; differing concepts of Arctic marine regions; actors/stakeholders in the Arctic; Arctic maritime organizations, think tanks and key scholars; current marine transport disputes; and, the policies and laws that govern the region.
Students will select a current Arctic marine transport issue (individually or in teams) and write a policy report taking into account Arctic indigenous and nation-state policies, perspectives, values and worldviews in report recommendations. Policy reports will be evaluated on their ability to successfully integrate Inuit and Qallunaat concepts of marine space and to translate those concepts into effective policy formation. Where appropriate, policy reports will be provided to Arctic stakeholders.
Particular attention will be given to the treatment of marine transport in the foreign and domestic policies of the eight Arctic nations, the European Union, in the declarations and reports of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, and reports of the Arctic Council. The course will also draw on artistic renderings of the Arctic marine region in Inuit prints and Qallunaat paintings to assist students in understanding the philosophical and cultural relationships to the region.
This course will hopefully engage soon-to-be leaders in marine management in the complex and exciting new decision-making models emerging in the Arctic region – models that are increasing and successfully integrating Arctic indigenous diplomacies in international relations.
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Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Primary Course Readings – The Sea Ice is Our Highway, Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment 2009 Report & Foreign, Domestic & Indigenous Marine Policies
Slide Show of Arctic Marine Space in Inuit & Qallunaat Art
Thursday, 22 March 2012
How to Write a Policy Recommendation
Introduction to Policy & Spatial Activism
Introduction to Indigenous Diplomacies
Friday, 23 March 2012
Overview of Current Issues in Marine Travel & Shipping
The Northwest Passage – Internal Waters? International Strait? Inuit Nunangat?
Monday, 26 March 2012
Geography of the Arctic Marine Region
History of Traditional Travel, Exploration & Shipping in the Arctic
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Overview of Political Mobilization by Arctic Indigenous Peoples
Introduction to the Arctic Council
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Governance Models & Legal Tools in the Arctic
Key Actors, Stakeholders, Organizations & Scholars in Marine Management
Thursday, 29 March 2012
Overview of Arctic Marine Shipping in Inuit, Foreign & Domestic Policy
Class Feedback on Policy Reports
Friday, 20 March 2012
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