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By Ella Daly, Pavel Devyatkin, Helen Hallang, Vincent-Gregor Schulze, Yashwinie Shivanand, and Ryan Uljua

June 22, 2017

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In a guest article, Dr. Gwen Healey--the Executive and Scientific Director of the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre in Iqaluit, Nunavut--rethinks the use of conventional health care models in Indigenous communities and argues for more nuanced approaches.
 
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THIS WEEKS TOP STORIES

Rosneft finds possible largest-ever oil deposit on Arctic shelf
Russian oil major Rosneft has discovered a new hydrocarbon deposit while drilling in the Laptev Sea (TASS). Rosneft has also announced that it will invest over 480 billion roubles ($8.4 billion) in Russia's offshore energy sector over the next five years (Reuters). The Arctic offshore sector is expected to account for between 20 and 30 percent of Russian production, one of the world's largest, by 2050 (Fortune).

Russian-Saudi investment fund for Arctic natural gas is in the making
Russian Minister of Energy Aleksandr Novak confirms that Russia and Saudi Arabia are working on the establishment of a joint financial mechanism for investments in energy projects. Novateks projected Arctic liquefied natural gas (LNG) venture may be the first to receive funding (IBO).
 
Tsunami hits Greenland village, several people missing
Tsunami waves, possibly triggered by a 4.1 magnitude earthquake 28 kilometers north of Nuugaatsiaq, hit the coast of Greenland on Saturday night. (CBC). The flooded village was evacuated, but four people remain missing (AD). The earthquake is believed to have caused a landslide into the sea, which in turn generated the large waves (The Guardian).


NEWS ROUNDUP

POLITICAL SCENE
Transnational
New Russia sanctions impact muted even as energy shares sag (World Oil).
OPINION: Why good relations between Norway and Russia are necessary and achievable (The Local).
Six centuries later, China rekindles its Arctic ambitions (Nikkei Asian Review).
Russia, China Develop the ArcticWill the United States Join? (EIR).

Canada
Corporate, mining and out of territory donations fill Yukon campaign coffers (CBC).
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister to participate in EU Arctic meetings (India Blooms).
Arctic sovereignty more urgent (Winnipeg Free Press).
'Critical' that carbon tax be designed for the N.W.T., revenues stay put: report (CBC).
 
Denmark
Danish gov't presents new foreign, security policy strategy (Xinhua Net).
 
Norway
Both Climate Leader and Oil Giant? A Norwegian Paradox (NYT).
 
Russia
Hundreds of northerners rallied against government in anti-corruption protest (IBO).
Putin: Our future lies in the Arctic (IBO).
Putin argues for necessity to ensure Russias sovereignty in Arctic (Russian Construction).
Putin emphasizes significance of Arctics location from Russias security perspective (Tass).
The Latest: Putin keeps mum on whether seeking another term (NY Daily News).
 
United States
House ends special session with failed Hail Mary on budget (AJOC).
Assembly passes tax incentive for fresher fish (AJOC).
Shake-up at Department of Interior includes Arctic, BIA (Must Read Alaska).
Oil tax reform will bring fairness to Alaska budget plan (Arctic Sounder).
Nome City Council Expected to Pass City Budgets for FY 18 (KNOM).
Support the Senate version of bill to eliminate oil cash credits (Arctic Sounder).
 
 
ENERGY
Russia
Russian natural resources ministry expects more big discoveries on Arctic shelf (TASS).
Exploration licence award for Novatek at Gydansky block (Upstream).
Russia moves to finance Arctic LNG projects (LNG World Shipping).
Construction machinery arrives to Novateks new plant area in Murmansk (IBO).
Russia's Rosneft finds first oilfield offshore eastern Arctic (Reuters).
Nuclear energy may be solution for Arctic, expert says (TASS).
Next to this Russian Arctic oil field - a wind and solar power station (IBO).
Rosneft, partners to invest $8B-plus in Russian offshore energy (Seeking Alpha).
Rosneft, partners to invest over $8 billion in Russia's offshore energy sector (Reuters).
Russian oil major Rosneft discovers new hydrocarbon deposit on Artic shelf (TASS).
Rosneft Discovers Possible Largest-Ever Oil Deposit on Arctic Sea Shelf (Sputnik).
Russias Rosneft Finds Offshore Oilfield in Eastern Arctic (Fortune).
Russia's oil company discovers new oil field on shelf (New China).

United States
NordAq acquires Smith Bay interest (PN).
Facilities restart issue: DO&G holds back 2 Hilcorp Cook Inlet PODs over inaction on facilities restoration (PN).
Eni plan is published: BOEM invites comment on companys proposed Nikaitchuq North exploration drilling (PN).
Eni files plan to explore federal Arctic OCS leases (AJOC).
Naming rights and the battle for Alaska oil on federal land (AD).

Scandinavia
Norways oil can flow for many years (News in English).
Statoil denies patent infringement, keeps drilling in the Barents Sea (Reuters Africa).

General/International
Saudi investors look at Russian Arctic LNG (IBO).
Implications Of The Seadrill-Rosneft Deal (Seeking Alpha).


MILITARY / SEARCH & RESCUE
United States
Coast Guard commissions second Alaska cutter (News Miner).
Coast Guard cutter Bailey Barco makes its way to Ketchikan (Juneau Empire).
What Canadas New Defense Policy Means for the Arctic (News Deeply).

Russia
Putin Says Arctic Security is Critical (MarEx).
Putin: Arctic is extremely important for national defense (Arctic.ru).
Russian Military Becomes Unrivaled in Terms of Arctic Warfare (Sputnik).

Canada
Ottawa backtracks on coast guard cuts, promises more search-and-rescue service (CTV News).
Navy needs new cranes for its existing frigate fleet (Local Express).
HMCS Labradors Polar Flag to fly again (Lookout Navy News).
A Massive Military Base Would Help Churchill (My Toba).

General/International
Finnish, Danish & Swedish jets scrambled over Russian strategic bombers routine flight over Baltics (Newsline).
Russian fighter jet intercepts 2 US bombers over Baltic Sea (RT).
Norway Makes Itself a Target with New Radar in Arctic Pointed At Russia (Executive Intelligence Review).
On a Tiny Norwegian Island, America Keeps an Eye on Russia (NYT).
Remembering When the Arctic Was a War Zone (MarEx).

MINING
Canada
KIA signs gold mine benefit deal with Agnico Eagle (CBC).
White Gold completes property acquisition, closes financing (CMJ).
Gahcho Kue dominates NWT/NU mine rescue competition (CMJ).
Auryn Resources Commences Drilling at Committee Bay and Exploration at Gibson MacQuoid Greenstone Belt (Junior Mining Network).
Independence stakes Sixtymile gold project (PN).
Targeting Committee Bay gold discoveries (PN).

United States
Trilogy initiates $10M Bornite drill program (PN).
Palmer discovery drilling underway (PN).
More Golden Summit oxide gold (PN).
PLP, ASRC team up to enhance AK Native contracting at Pebble (PN).
Pebble Mine Project moves forward with new partnership (KTUU).
ASRC subsidary partners with Pebble (Arctic Sounder).
Pebble Partnership contracts with ASRC Energy Services (APM).
Northern Dynasty: Pebble Partnership retains ASRC Energy Services to enhance Alaska Native contracting (PR Newswire).

 
SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENT AND WILDLIFE
Earth sciences, climate and weather
How sea ice can still be thick in places in a warming Arctic (Climate Feedback).
Western Greenland could see more flooding like Saturday's tsunami (CBC).
Arctic environment has knock-on effects around globe (Energy Live News).
Insight into complicated Arctic cloud processes (Phys.org).
Plastic polluted Arctic islands are dumping ground for Gulf Stream (The Guardian).
 
Wildlife and ecology
Rabies found in Igloolik dogs, Nunavut government warns (NN).
Sea ice thats moving means polar bears must walk more and eat more(WP).
Climate Change Pushing Tropical Diseases Toward Arctic (NG).
Ice age survivors thrive at University of Alaska Fairbanks research station (Daily News-Miner).
 
Environmental management
110 thousand tons of scrap metal will be removed from Arctic town Amderma (IBO).
More Interest in Banning HFO in Arctic (Cruise Industry News).
Climate change forces emergency repairs to "failsafe" Arctic seed vault (Dezeen).
 
Research and university news
Scientists to examine an ancient settlement near Salekhard where Bronze Age artefacts were found (Arctic.ru).
Asia Minute: Unlikely Asian Allies Cooperating on Arctic Research (HPR).
Arctic icebergs freeze climate research plans (Carbon News).
Hazardous conditions caused by climate change put Arctic research study on ice (The Globe and Mail).
Scientific Research Effort in Arctic Cancelled Due to Climate Change (EcoWatch).
How to Hitch a Ride on an Arctic Ice Floe (Arctic Deeply).
 
 
FISHERIES, SHIPPING AND OTHER BUSINESS NEWS
Fisheries
Fishermen watch, wait, work, while Legislature in limbo (AJOC).
State hatcheries could feel rippling effects if government shuts down (ktuu).
 
Shipping
Marine highway supporters look for new ideas amid challenges (AJOC).
Foss christens third Arctic-class tug (TUG).
The Northern Sea Route will be used much more actively than now Vladimir Putin (Port News).
Yamal offers first Arc7 on short-term charter (TW).
Foss' New Ice Class Ocean Tug Christened (MarineLink).
More Interest in Banning HFO in Arctic (Cruise Industry News).
 
Economy, Business and Technology
Nunavut plans to regulate cheque-cashing fees by retailers (NN).
Rogozin: We can only develop the atomic icebreaker fleet with assistance from the business community (Arctic.ru).
Etix Everywhere to roll out data center module in Swedish Arctic Circle (Datacenter Dynamics).
 
Tourism
About a thousand tourists expected in Franz Josef Land in 2017 (Arctic.ru).
I share my passion for the north with tourists Arctic Travelers founder (Arctic.ru)
Government eases rules for tourist king crab catching (IBO).
Nuclear icebreaker full of tourists sets off for North Pole (Arctic.ru).
Svalbard's Russian Coal Town Tries Its Hand at Tourism (News Deeply).


HEALTH, YOUTH, SOCIETY AND CULTURE
Health
Free genetic test now available in Yukon for pregnant women at risk (CBC).
Iqaluit could face water shortage within 5 years, researcher says (CBC).
 
Youth and Education
'The kids will have fun': Day camp leadership program draws 60 youth to Cambridge Bay (CBC).
Yukon gov't and teachers' association butt heads over temp teachers (CBC).
 
Society
Sixties Scoop survivor fears Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett will break her promise (CBC).
Money now available to cover Indigenous groups' travel costs to UN negotiations (CBC).
Indigenous women and science knowledge: The first voice and climate change (Silicone Public).
Restaurant in Nunavuts capital fights to save lease (NN).
 
Culture
First museum exhibition entirely curated by Quebec Cree on display (CBC).
Russias pavilion at EXPO 2017 bears an Arctic-themed design (Arctic.ru).
Peary-MacMillan museum in Brunswick celebrates half century of Arctic history (The Forecaster).
 
Sport
Yukon Quest elects new directors (Fairbanks Daily News Miner).
Snow cancels Yukon-Alaska bike race for 1,300 riders (CBC).
Jordin Tootoo, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril among group of Northerners to be honoured in Ottawa (CBC).
Adventurer Jack MacKenzie was the oldest man to ski to the North Pole (The Globe and Mail).


INFRASTRUCTURE
Aviation
Innu, Inuit join forces to create new airline for Labrador (CBC).
Iqaluit airfield receives engineering honour (Skiesmag).
 
Roads, railway and digital infrastructure
Residents could be isolated for a year after floods damage Northern Manitoba rail line (Canadian Manufacturing).
Fiber-optic Cable Firm: Remote Alaskan Communities to Get Broadband Boost Dec. 1 (KUAC).
Fiber, Satellites Provide Options for Rural Broadband in Alaska (GovTech).
Communications Ministry proposes a new satellite group for Arctic coverage (Arctic.ru).
Dmitry Kobylkin: The Northern Latitudinal Railway and Sabetta will form the core of the Yamal-Nenets Development Zone (Arctic.ru).
Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway could open up new gas fields (CBC).
Data cables are the new trading routes (IBO).
 
Housing and building
Iqaluit could start running out of fresh water by 2024 (Science Daily).
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