ABOUT THE INUIT CIRCUMPOLAR COUNCIL
Since the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) was founded in 1977 by the late Eben Hopson of Utqiaġvik, Alaska, ICC has flourished and grown into a major international Indigenous Peoples’ organization representing approximately 180,000 Inuit of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Chukotka (Russia). ICC holds the Non-Governmental Organization Consultative Status II with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is a registered NGO with consultative status with numerous UN specialized agencies and bodies (i.e., registered observer for multiple UN treaties and conventions).
ICC is a Permanent Participant of the Arctic Council. ICC strives to strengthen unity among Inuit of the Circumpolar; promote Inuit rights and interests at the international level; develop and encourage long-term policies that safeguard the Arctic environment; and seek full and active partnership in the political, economic and social development of the Circumpolar North. The ICC represents the interests of Inuit and we have offices in four Arctic regions – Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Chukotka. We are one people, in a single homeland, across four countries.
The ICC receives its mandate from a General Assembly held every four years. At the Assembly, delegates approve a declaration that is the international organization’s mandate for a fouryear term. The mandate to develop the Circumpolar Inuit Protocols for Equitable and Ethical Engagement is included in the Utqiaġvik Declaration (2018-2022).