More than 1,000 indigenous people from several Arctic countries — including a Russian governor and Greenland’s prime minister — poured into Barrow this week as the Inuit Circumpolar Conference returned to its birthplace for the first time in nearly 30 years.
At the four-day meeting, the group’s 72-member general assembly agreed to fend off threats to subsistence whaling, press for indigenous human rights and continue addressing global warming in the Arctic, where many say the effects of climate change are most dramatic.
First of all, who knew Greenland had a prime minister?
Secondly, the Inuit Circumpolar Conference has been held every 4 years since 1977, and has barely been covered by the mainstream press during that entire epoch. With stories about Inuit villages disappearing into the sea, it’s probably time that someone pay attention.