Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Alaska is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works on behalf of the Inupiat of the North Slope, Northwest and Bering Straits Regions; St. Lawrence Island Yupik; and the Central Yup’ik and Cup’ik of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region in Southwest Alaska. Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska is a national member of ICC International.
Greetings and welcome to Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska’s newly updated website. We hope your visit will be informative and enjoyable. We thank you for your interest in our organization and hope you will be inspired to learn more about the culture and aspirations of Inuit.
As you navigate through our website you will find historical and organizational information about ICC, as well as information concerning directions ICC will pursue in the future. There’s information on positions ICC has taken on a number of issues important to Inuit. Inquiries about what Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska is involved in are always welcome.
In particular we would like to draw your attention to the Kitigaaryuit Declaration , which is ICC’s work plan for the current term (2014-2018). The Declaration was adopted at the 2014 ICC General Assembly by Inuit delegates from Alaska (USA), Canada, Greenland and Chukotka (Russia). We would also like to direct you to the 2014-2018 ICC-Alaska Strategic Plan, which lays out ICC Alaska’s priorities and plans to implement the Kitigaaryuit Declaration. These two documents will give you a good overview of what ICC-Alaska will be involved in over the next few years.
Finally, please take a closer look at Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska’s newsletter, “DRUM”, which contains a wealth of information on current activities of our organization. You can also find all past issues on this website to get a historical overview of activities since 2008. If you want to receive news or notice when DRUM is posted online via email, please sign up on the contact page.
Board of Directors
Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska is governed by a fourteen member Board of Directors who are appointed by member organizations. Member organizations include the regional Tribal non-profit organizations, regional Alaska Native corporations from the North Slope, Northwest Arctic, Bering Straits and Southwest regions; and the North Slope and Northwest Arctic Boroughs. Elder and youth representatives also serve on the Board. All board members are Inuit and represent communities and regions served by Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska.
Jimmy has extensive managerial experience in the private sector. He worked for his village corporation (Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation) and regional corporation (Arctic Slope Regional Corporation), both created under the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Over a thirty year career, he worked in various executive capacities at both organizations and served on the Board of Directors of both organizations.
Jimmy had a brief career in local politics as an Assembly Member of the North Slope Borough from 1978 through 1983. He was elected President of the Assembly the last two years he served.
Jimmy has a long history of involvement with the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC). He represented Alaska on the first ICC Executive Council in 1980, eventually serving three consecutive terms from 1980 to 1989. In the early 1990’s, he worked for ICC Greenland as Environmental Projects Coordinator in Nuuk, Greenland. Since January 2008, he worked for ICC Alaska as Executive Director in Anchorage, Alaska. In June 2009, he was appointed by the ICC Executive Council to serve as ICC Chair until June 2010. Jimmy is currently serving as ICC Alaska President.
Jimmy currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska with wife Karoline and son Inuuteq.
ICC Alaska Staff
James Stotts, President
Kelly Eningowuk, Executive Director
Carolina Behe, Indigenous Knowledge/Science Advisor
Eilene Adams, Project Assistant
Vernae Angnaboogok, Cultural Sustainability Advisor
Pauline Harvey, Education Project Director
Strategic Plan 2014-2018
The Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska Strategic Plan includes the strategic goals for Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska for the 2014-2018 term. Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska uses the Declaration that results from each ICC General Assembly to drive its strategic plan and set its priorities for the term. The Kitigaaryuit Declaration was used in developing the 2014-2018 ICC-Alaska Strategic Plan.
Current priorities include:
- Priority One: To Advocate for Inuit Food Security
- Priority Two: To Ensure Inuit Perspective, Concerns and Interests are Represented at the Arctic Council
- Priority Three: To Build Upon and Promote the Implementation of the Alaska Inuit Education Improvement Strategy
- Priority Four: To Promote the Utilization of Indigenous Knowledge
- Priority Five: To Engage Youth in ICC
- Priority Six: To Promote Inuit Health and Well-Being
- Priority Seven: To Encourage Sustainable Economic Development in the Arctic
To learn more, access the full document here.
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