ICC Alaska

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.

President’s Message

Jimmy Stotts photoGreetings 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 Utqiagvik Declaration , which is ICC’s work plan for the current term (2018-2022). The Declaration was adopted at the 2018 ICC General Assembly by Inuit delegates from Alaska (USA), Canada, Greenland and Chukotka (Russia). We would also like to direct you to the  2018-2022 ICC-Alaska Strategic Plan, which lays out ICC Alaska’s priorities and plans to implement the Utqiagvik Declaration. These two documents will give you a good overview of what ICC-Alaska will be involved in over the next few years.

Quyanaq!

Jimmy

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.

ICC Alaska Staff

James Stotts, President

Kelly Eningowuk, Executive Director

Carolina Behe, Indigenous Knowledge/Science Advisor

Vernae Angnaboogok, Cultural Sustainability Advisor

Eilene Adams, Project Coordinator

Strategic Plan 2018-2022

The Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska Strategic Plan includes the strategic goals for Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska for the 2018-2022 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 Utqiagvik Declaration  was used in developing the 2018-2022 ICC Alaska Strategic Plan.

Current priorities include:

  • Priority One: Solidify Inuit food sovereignty and security in governing structures
  • Priority Two: Advocate for all aspects of community health and well-being rooted in Inuit values, knowledge, and leadership
  • Priority Three: Focus on youth and building the leadership pipeline required to accomplish the ICC vision and mission
  • Priority Four: Foster meaningful communication and engagement between ICC Alaska, membership organizations, communities, and ICC international
  • Priority Five: Advocate for and educate about the ethical and equitable utilization and involvement of Indigenous Knowledge
  • Priority Six: Ensure that the collective Inuit worldview and voice is represented at international flora

To learn more, access the full document here.

Job Openings

Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Alaska is seeking an experienced, full time Coastal Monitoring Community Outreach Manager. The position is located in Anchorage, Alaska and the annual salary is $75,000. This is a grant funded position for 2 years but may be extended if additional resources are secured.

GENERAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

The position will coordinate community outreach and ICC’s participation within the Coastal Expert Monitoring Group (CEMG) work conducted under the Arctic Council. The position will focus on the implementation of the CEMG plan within Alaska through direct engagement with the regions that we advocate on behalf of and will represent ICC on the international Coastal Expert Monitoring Group Steering Committee. Under this position, high emphasis will be placed on relationship building to aid in bringing forward Inuit driven monitoring programs and guiding a co-production of knowledge approach within this initiative. The position will work in close cooperation with the Indigenous Knowledge/Science Advisor and report to the Executive Director.

General job functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Represent the ICC and participate in the Coastal Expert Monitoring Group as a steeringcommittee member to bring forward Inuit collective positions, provide guidance and input from an Indigenous Knowledge understanding, provide guidance and leadership on the application of a co-production of knowledge approach.
  • Coordinate with all ICC offices to develop positions and share information that is put forward as the ICC representative on the Coastal Expert Monitoring Group steering committee.
  • Work in collaboration with U.S. Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Head of Delegation, the US Coastal Expert Monitoring Group Head of Delegation, and Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Plan leads to aid in the work informing CBMP groups.
  • Represent ICC Alaska, work with the U.S. representatives, including Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) experts, engaged in the Coastal Expert Monitoring Group work and the national implementation of the Coastal Expert Monitoring Group plan to bring forward Inuit positions, understandings, and knowledge; provide guidance and input from an Indigenous Knowledge understanding; provide guidance and leadership on the application of a co-production of knowledge approach. This includes, but will not be limited to the following tasks:

o Develop a coordination and outreach plan for the meaningful involvement of Inuit organizations and Indigenous Knowledge holders within the Coastal Expert Monitoring Group and the implementation of the plan within Alaska.

o WorkincollaborationwiththeU.S.FWSrepresentative(s)andotherU.S.Departmentof the Interior experts to aid in the development of the US Coastal Expert Network (USCEN).

o Work in collaboration with the U.S. representatives to aid in the coordination of the US Coastal Expert Network communications and engagement with Indigenous Knowledge holders and Inuit organizations, including regional and communities’ entities.

o Work with the U.S. representatives to aid in outreach and relationship building to facilitate the understanding of the Coastal Expert Monitoring Group implementation plan, gather feedback on adjustments that may be needed, involvement of Inuit organizations in the implementation plan, and Inuit organizations and Indigenous Knowledge holders joining the USCEN.

o Organize, lead, and facilitate meetings and discussions with Inuit organizations and Indigenous Knowledge holders to discuss information needs and input into the USCEN processes.

o Aid the U.S.representativesinthecommunicationandidentificationofInuitorganization representatives and Indigenous Knowledge holders to attend USCEN workshops and meetings.

o Aid in the evaluation of the process following one year and provide leadership and guidance on any adjustments needed to have a robust co-production of knowledge approach.

o Draft, edit and produce reports, studies, position papers, policy statements and other documents as needed.

  • Seek and acquire sustainable funding to support this position after the initial two-year funding period ends. Explore fiscal support opportunities to support projects that are identified as needed to aid in the implementation of the Coastal Expert Monitoring plan and to further advance Inuit interests within this work.
  • This position requires a high amount of regional travel within Alaska. All candidates should have a strong level of comfortability in organizing and traveling independently.
  • Other duties assigned by the Executive Director.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of experience related to work in coastal biodiversity, community driven research and/or monitoring, co-production of knowledge, application and/or understanding of Indigenous methodologies. Master’s degree in a related field is preferred. Relevant work experience may substitute for the degree requirement.
  • Experience with bringing people together from multiple knowledge systems, facilitation, community outreach, working with Indigenous Knowledge holders, knowledge about the Arctic and Inuit homelands, and conducting independent desk research and report writing. Knowledge of applying a food security lens to monitoring and culturally appropriate approaches to holding discussions, knowledge sharing, project development, and other related activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate engagement and relationship building with excellent communications skills across multiple audiences and platforms (at a community, national, and international scale).
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills, attention to detail, and oral and written communication skills are required; communication skills include the ability to develop and foster professional relationships and to maintain a courteous and professional demeanor with member and affiliate organizations.
  • Self-motivated, ability to learn, work independently, implement direction and feedback, organize, and prioritize work, and to meet deadlines.
  • Problem-solving abilities with high attention to detail and accuracy a must.
  • Experience with researching, building relationships with funders and applying for grants.
  • Experience with Inuit or Alaska Native non-profit organizations preferred.
  • A US passport is required and willingness to travel to rural Alaska and internationally.Please submit a resume, a letter of interest that explains your experiences and qualifications for the position, three references and a recent writing sample. Writing sample must be relevant to the position. Please submit all materials by e-mail to icc@iccalaska.org. You can also mail or drop off materials to the ICC Alaska office at 3900 Arctic Blvd. Suite #203 Anchorage, AK.The closing date for recruitment is October 26, 2021 by 5 p.m.