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2. Introduction

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An aerial photo of Fort Providence, surrounded by lush green.

Fort Providence, NWT.  Photo: Legislative Assembly of the NWT

2.1 Purpose

Canada's Arctic region has rarely received as much attention as it does today with sovereignty discussions, military exercises, increasing air and sea traffic, and rising commodity prices of resources found in abundance in the Canadian Arctic.

Canadians see the Arctic region as an important part of Canada to be secured for the benefit of the entire country - a key part of our sovereign nation.

This Arctic Communications Infrastructure Assessment (ACIA) was originally inspired by emergency management and security organizations tasked with the security of the Arctic and its people […]

2.2 Why an Assessment?

In 2009, 'Exercise Operation Nanook' was conducted in the Canadian Arctic. This exercise was designed to test multi-jurisdictional response frameworks and identify opportunities for improving regional mitigation and response planning […]

2.3 Who is Behind the Assessment?

Operation Nanook's profound communication failure kick-started the process of addressing the fragile infrastructure with the creation of the Northern Communications and Information Systems Working Group (NCIS-WG), created by the Arctic Security Working Group […]

"People's sense of security is attached to their connectivity. Losing communication services can trigger a sense of distress… This will only increase as society becomes more dependant on communication services in the future."Jennifer Trapnell, Executive Council Office, Government of Yukon

2.4 Objectives of this Assessment

The purpose of the Assessment as defined by the RFP was to identify existing resources and infrastructure, future requirements and the gaps between them, so that departments working in the Yukon, NWT, and Nunavut can begin to work together to address stated areas of concern […]

2.5 The Report Contents

In carrying out the objectives as stated in the original RFP, the Assessment has been grouped into four areas, corresponding with the original tasks, in a slightly different order, with some additions to provide a complete picture of the issues, current state, future state, economic issues and path forward. This report is divided into four sections […]

2.6 Arctic Territories - Brief Background

Canada's Arctic Territories include Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, making up more than 1/3rd of Canada's landmass.

More than 100,000 Canadians live in the Arctic, spread out into 75 distinct communities.

The three Arctic territories have a different legal and political status in Canada compared to the 10 provinces […]

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