Year: 2014

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada (c) 2008 Anthony Speca

Devolution in the NWT: Progress or poison?

When the Northwest Territories achieved devolution of lands and resources from Ottawa in April, it was a historic moment in Canada’s political evolution. But a key test of devolution’s nation-building potential will be how well it supports real aboriginal-government partnership. On that score, there is cause for concern.

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Remarks on Arctic Economic Council in Toronto Star

Last Friday, I was cited in a Toronto Star article looking back on Canada’s Arctic Council chairmanship, which ends with the April 2015 Ministerial meeting in Iqaluit: Canada also achieved its main goal of creating the Arctic Economic Council, a group of businesses operating in the North that is intended to share best practices and encourage economic development “This …

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Apex, Nunavut Canada (c) 2008 Anthony Speca

Straining to hear the Arctic voice

Despite Greenpeace’s recent attempts to align their Arctic campaign with indigenous peoples such as the Inuit, their new ‘global survey’ on Arctic industrial development continues their pattern of discounting the Arctic voice.

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Remarks on Danish-Canadian relations in The Arctic Journal

Yesterday, following Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird’s visit to Denmark, I was cited in an article on Danish-Canadian relations in Greenland’s The Arctic Journal: “The current border disagreements between Canada and Denmark are quite small scale and technical,” says Anthony Speca, of Polar Aspect, an Arctic affairs consultancy. “Certainly nothing that would harm otherwise good relations.” …

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Remarks on Greenpeace and Clyde River in The Arctic Journal

Recently, journalist Kevin McGwin of Greenland’s The Arctic Journal asked me to comment on the budding relationship between Greenpeace and the Inuit community of Clyde River in Nunavut.  Their common cause against seismic exploration in Baffin Bay has caused some surprise, not least because Greenpeace’s reputation amongst Inuit has scraped rock-bottom since the anti-sealing protests of …

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Lecture at University of Chichester

I’m delighted to have been invited to speak at the University of Chichester tomorrow, March 28, as part of the History Department’s lecture series on contemporary politics. Making use of a popular slogan in Greenland, I’ve entitled my talk “‘Greenshit go home!’ Greenpeace, Greenland and green colonialism in the Arctic”. My focus will be the …

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