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Paul Crowley
Paul Crowley
Director,  Arctic Program
Paul Crowley, a long-time resident of Nunavut, has worked on many aspects of sustainable development in the Arctic and internationally for over 20 years. He served as Principal Secretary to the Premier of Nunavut, Eva Aariak. A lawyer, Paul has provided counsel through the years on a wide array of Arctic matters, such as climate change, natural resource management, as well as economic and social development. Previously, he closely supported Sheila Watt-Cloutier, a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, to introduce human rights into UN climate negotiations and give a human face to climate change. As part of this work he conceived and helped create Many Strong Voices – a coalition between Arctic Peoples and Small Island States. Paul assisted many Inuit organizations, including as Special Counsel to the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, which looked at Inuit-government relations in the Baffin region from 1950 to the 1970s, and as Executive Director of the Nunavut Social Development Council, which is charged with tabling an annual report on the state of Inuit culture and society.

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WWF working to facilitate recovery of Canadian barge adrift in Arctic waters
A barge belonging to the Canadian-owned Northern Transportation Company Ltd. has been floating through the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas for the past six months, and now sits off the coast of Vankarem, Russia.

Baffinland decision shows Nunavut resource development regulatory system is doing its job
The Nunavut Planning Commission has decided Baffinland’s proposal to ship 10 months of the year does not comply with the North Baffin Regional Land Use Plan.

Record low Arctic sea ice a concern for all Canadians
Winter sea ice in the Arctic has hit a new record low this year, according to information released today from the American-based NSIDC.

Polar bears in a changing Arctic
Taking a trip south to see some polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba!

Baffin Island Caribou hunting ban: short term pain for long term gain
On January 1, 2015, the Government of Nunavut implemented a temporary ban on caribou hunting across Baffin Island. This marks a first for the area’s unique population of barren-ground caribou (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus) that have declined, mainly owing to natural cyclical rhythms, as much as 90 percent over the past 20 years.