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Re-imagining Arctic Security for the 21st Century

September 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Discussion to encourage a re-imaging of how Canada sees its North, development, and security.

About this event

The CIC has recently published the first Foreign Policy by Canadians (FPBC) as a means of collecting and articulating Canadian voices on our place in the world. A key finding of the report was the broad consensus amongst Canadians for the country to focus on Arctic security. However, security in the 21st Century is more complex and multi-faceted then the traditional concept. Climate change, disaster and emergency management, increased shipping, food security, indigenous rights and many other issues are now front and centre. To that end, CIC and COVE are hosting a discussion to encourage a re-imaging of how Canada sees its North and how a community-centred approach to its development and security is key to the future of the country.




Virtual (via Zoom) and in-person (COVE, 27 Parker St. (South Building), Dartmouth)

In Person Tickets:

Please join us from 5:20pm to 6pm for an in-person reception prior to the event.


Madeleine Redfern, LLB, was born in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Madeleine has 30 years of experience working in business and governance, on issues related to economic development, housing, education, employment and training, justice, community services, early childhood development, and health care. She is a graduate of the Akitsiraq law school with a law degree from the University of Victoria. After graduating, she worked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Madam Justice Charron. Madeleine is a member of the National Indigenous Economic Development Consortium, Arctic360, Trudeau Foundation, President of the Ajungi Group, Northern Robotics and COO of CanArctic Inuit Networks. Madeleine’s expertise is grounded in partnership-building and developing local capacity towards fulfilling the goal of self-government and good governance. She has a record of working with industry, governments, indigenous organizations and communities, helping to assess and identify strategies and approaches for better outcomes.

Dr. Peter Kikkert is the Irving Shipbuilding Chair in Arctic Policy in the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government and Assistant Professor in the Public Policy and Governance program at St. Francis Xavier University. Kikkert has written extensively on safety, security, and sovereignty issues in the polar regions. Working in partnership with community-based organizations, his current research program focuses on how to strengthen SAR (Kitikmeot SAR Project), emergency and disaster management capabilities, and community disaster resilience in the North.

Dr. Tahnee Lisa Prior is a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow with the Marine & Environmental Law Institute of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Her research focuses on global environmental governance, international law, Arctic and oceans governance. Together with Gosia Smieszek, Tahnee co-leads Women of the Arctic (, a non-profit association based in Finland whose mission it is to raise awareness of, support for, and maintain a focus on women and gender-related issues in the Arctic. She has published on Arctic environmental governance, human security and gender equality in the Arctic, and the role of human rights in climate and oceans governance. Among other things, Tahnee’s work has contributed to the Arctic Council’s 2021 Pan-Arctic Report on Gender Equality in the Arctic and the 2016 Arctic Resilience Report. She holds a Ph.D. and Masters in Global Governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Franklin University Switzerland.


September 21
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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