Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC)-Alaska exists to be the unified voice and collective spirit of Alaskan Inuit, to promote, protect, and advance Inuit culture and society. ICC-Alaska works on behalf of the Inupiat of the North Slope, Northwest and Bering Straits; the Siberian Yupik of St. Lawrence Island; the Central Yup’ik and Cup’ik of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Southwest Alaska.
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ICC receives its mandate from Alaskan, Canadian, Greenlandic and Chukotkan Inuit delegates, who gather in a General Assembly held every four years. The Kitigaaryuit Declaration is the current plan that guides the organization over the 2014-2018 term. It gives ICC-Alaska as well as the other ICC member countries the foundation, direction and boundaries for the work they do to carry out the mission of ICC during the 2014-2018 term. ICC-Alaska uses the Declaration, as well as ICC-Alaska member priorities, to drive its strategy and set its priorities for the term. The organization focuses its efforts within the international arena but also pursues national, Alaska-specific interests. ICC-Alaska priority areas include advocating for Inuit food security, to ensure Inuit perspective, concerns and interest are represented in the Arctic Council, to build upon and promote the implementation of the Alaska Inuit Education Improvement Strategy, to promote the utilization of traditional knowledge, to engage youth in ICC, to promote Inuit health and well-being and to encourage sustainable economic development in the Arctic. With every contribution, ICC-Alaska will move closer to achieving these priorities and making progress towards realizing its mission.