Inuit Circumpolar Council

The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) is a non-governmental organization that unites 180,000 Inuit Indigenous people across Nunaat, the Inuit homeland that spans Canada, Greenland, Russia, and the State of Alaska in the United States. ICC integrates ancestral Inuit knowledge and practices to protect the Arctic ecosystem and defend land and ocean rights. They conduct research, advocate for sustainable practices, and provide representation for Inuit communities. To establish an Inuit-managed protected area in the Pikialasorsuaq, a shared region between Canada and Greenland, the ICC initiated the Pikialasorsuaq Commission. Through community consultation with youth, elders, men, and women, this groundbreaking initiative aims to preserve the ecological integrity of Pikialasorsuaq, the largest Arctic polynya. It also seeks to enable unrestricted movement between historically connected communities. This marks the first international Inuit-led body managing an Inuit Protected Area, setting a unique precedent for conservation and Indigenous rights.

Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2023

Year of establishment: 1977

Location: Nuuk, Greenland

Ecosystem: Ocean and coasts


Related resources

Equator Prize 2023


Global North


Biodiversity conservation


Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change



Contact Information

Sara Olsvig
International President


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