The Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused a radical geopolitical shift, but also brought the global dependence on fossil fuels and rare minerals into sharp focus, as well as the collaborative spirit of the Arctic community. This discussion will examine how Arctic nations can demonstrate leadership in the transition to green energy solutions, as well as the secure and sustainable supply of critical raw materials in such a way as to reduce dependence on unreliable - or undesirable - sources. A key consideration in this question is the rights of Indigenous peoples and tribes of the High North. The aim of the session is to raise considerations for policymakers and researchers to address as these efforts move forward.

The session is open to all registered participants of the Assembly meeting. 

Speakers of the session include:

  • Lars Kullerud, President of UArctic
  • Angus S. King Jr., U.S. Senator for Maine
  • Drew Horn, Founder and CEO of GreenMet
  • Karla J. Williamson, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan
  • Kjell Stokvik, Manager of Nord University’s Centre for High North Logistics
  • Melody Brown Burkins, Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies, Dartmouth College
  • Justin Milton, Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), Nunavut
  • James DeHart, U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region, U.S. State Department
  • Catherina Hvistendahl, First Secretary / Greenland Representation in Washington, D.C


"This event is co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Maine and the Maine North Atlantic Development Office at the Maine International Trade Center. Registration for this event is available at the World Affairs Council of Maine website."

Link to registration: World Affairs Council of Maine - Meeting registration page 1 (