U.S. – Canada Shared Interests and Opportunities in the North American Arctic Workshop


The purpose of the U.S. – Canada Shared Interests and Opportunities in the North American Arctic Workshop on December 14-15, 2015 was to develop an outline to provide an accurate, timely understanding of rapidly advancing science, technology and engineering issues together with indigenous knowledge that can help to establish sound governmental policy and effective international relationships. The workshop was hosted by the DHS S&T Arctic Domain Awareness Center of Excellence led by the University of Alaska in partnership with the Center for Arctic Study and Policy (CASP) at the USCG Academy.

The workshop engaged approximately 60 U.S. and Canadian participants from a variety of backgrounds, including academia, state and federal government, non-profit entities, tribes, and industry to consider the current state of Canadian and U.S. Arctic policy, assess the effectiveness of ongoing bilateral efforts, and underscore the unique aspects of the North American Arctic that make it an important area for further study and collaboration.


Unifying efforts by the USCG and CASP with ADAC, led to the identification of leading experts including university academics, government officials, researchers and executives from industry and leaders and researchers from the Native communities. The specific objectives of the workshop were to assess and then propose recommendations to:

  • 1. CANUS cooperation in Arctic policy.
  • 2. The current opportunities and challenges facing Canada and the United States in policy.
  • 3. Identify existing best practices/models for U.S.-Canada collaboration
  • 4. The engagement of indigenous communities in maritime governance to improve policy outcomes;
  • 5. Regional and local Arctic policy making.



U.S. Canada Workshop Report