Canada’s Premiers Discuss Affordability and Global Challenges

Arctic Security and Sovereignty

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has important implications for peaceful cooperation in the Arctic. Significant strategic investments are needed to improve Canada’s Arctic sovereignty through strengthened resiliency of Northern communities in collaboration with concerned partners and governments. Prosperous, healthy, vibrant communities and people contribute to the sovereignty of the Canadian Arctic.

Federal investments dedicated to defending the Arctic should be informed by provincial and territorial priorities as well as the needs and interests of Northerners. Premiers call on the federal government to identify new financial resources to support sovereignty in Canada’s North and the implementation of the Arctic and Northern Policy Framework. This includes support to turn the North’s resource and trade potential into shared wealth and prosperity, while investing in the people and their communities.

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