Alaska's Arctic: Lives and Livelihoods Reception

Tuesday, May 9
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Open to registered attendees
UA Museum of the North, West Ridge, UAF Campus
Nils Andreassen


As part of the Week of the Arctic, attended by hundreds of local, national and international Arctic stakeholders, the Institute of the North hosts “Alaska’s Arctic: Lives and Livelihoods.” This reception on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 is held in honor of ASRC and its contributions to the Arctic, its peoples and prosperity.

ASRC has long been a strategic partner of the Institute of the North and continues to show great leadership in the Arctic region, including in recent years to help convene – in collaboration with other regional rightsholders – the Arctic Iñupiat Offshore and Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat.

ASRC, too, has supported the leadership of Tara Sweeney as the Chair of the Arctic Economic Council during that body’s foundational years. We will see the transition from her leadership to Tero Vauraste of Finland, the incoming chair of the Arctic Economic Council.

$35 / person, please register here.



  • Exxon


  • BP
  • Conoco


  • Edison/Fairweather
  • Liberty Project
  • Foss


  • Lynden
  • North Star Group
  • PDC Engineers
  • Holland and Knight
  • Quintillion



5:30 PM   Guests are invited to visit conversation areas led by:

  • Rex Allen Rock, Sr., Arctic Iñupiat Offshore

  • Sayers Tuzroylak, Sr., President, and John Hopson Jr., Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat 


6:00 PM  Leadership in the Arctic

  • Governor Bill Walker, State of Alaska (invited)

  • Jimmy Stotts, Iñuit Circumpolar Council 

  • Hans Neidig, Board Member, Institute of the North 


6:30 PM  Toast – Arctic Economic Council

  • Erling Kvadsheim, Norwegian Oil and Gas Association 

  • Tara Sweeney, outgoing Chair 

  • Tero Vauraste, incoming Chair 


7:30 PM  Adjourn


About the Institute of the North

The Institute of the North is Alaska’s Center for Arctic Policy – an independent, non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the economic and living conditions of Alaskans by sharing best practices, convening critical conversations, and facilitating communication between local, state, national and international decision-makers.

Arctic Iñupiat Offshore

Arctic Iñupiat Offshore (AIO) is a privately held corporation established to promote sustainable economic development within Alaska’s North Slope region.  Members of AIO include Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC), and the Native village corporations of Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC), Tikigaq Corporation, Olgoonik Corporation, Atqasuk Corporation, Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation (KIC), and Nunamiut Corporation.  The Native villages represented by the village corporations include Barrow, Point Hope, Wainwright, Atqasuk, Kaktovik and Anaktuvuk Pass, respectively.  AIO aims to create alignment for responsible resource development within the North Slope region by working together to understand future community needs, to ensure our members have a seat at the table as development within the region proceeds, and to foster economic stability within the region.  AIO is supportive of safe and responsible resource exploration and development, both onshore and offshore, in Federal and State lands and waters. The economic stability and subsistence lifestyle of our communities is of paramount importance to AIO, as both the benefits and adverse impacts of oil and gas exploration and development are felt by the local communities.  The alignment sought by AIO is critical to the success of safe and responsible exploration and development activities both off and onshore, and ensures that the Iñupiat values are preserved, specifically our subsistence culture. 

Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat

Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat (VOICE) is a 501(c)4 non-profit corporation whose twenty members include representatives from North Slope tribal councils, municipal governments, Alaska Native Corporations, a regional non-profit and the tribal college from the North Slope of Alaska.  VOICE is intended to articulate local content and responses with respect to activities within the North Slope region that allow for the protection of Alaska Native land, waters and subsistence resources based on Traditional Knowledge and local experience.  VOICE formed with the goal of becoming the local knowledge center for North Slope communities and others regarding existing and future developments in the Arctic Slope region, and to provide a vehicle for local advocacy and engagement of the Iñupiat people to state, federal and international forums addressing Arctic issues.  First and foremost, VOICE will be the conduit of information transferred both within and to outside organizations, including both governmental and non-governmental entities. VOICE is comprised of the elected leadership of twenty North Slope organizations; it is through our member organizations that we can speak with a unified voice for the people of the Arctic.

Arctic Economic Council

The Arctic Economic Council (AEC) is an independent organization that facilitates Arctic business-to-business activities and responsible economic development through the sharing of best practices, technological solutions, standards, and other information. The AEC works to facilitate responsible business and economic development of the Arctic and its communities. Its goal is to share and advocate for best practices, technological solutions, and standards. The AEC supports market accessibility and provides advice and a business perspective to the work of the Arctic Council. The AEC members represent a wide range of businesses operating in the Arctic—from mining and shipping companies to reindeer herding and indigenous economic development corporations. This mix of interests across business sectors ensures that our work is carried out in an inclusive and sustainable manner. The AEC will hold its annual meeting in Fairbanks on 8-9 May 2017. During this annual meeting, Finland will assume the Chairmanship of the AEC from the USA