Arctic council indigenous peoples' Secretariat - ips

IPS was established in 1994 under the auspices of the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS). It was around the same time that the category of Permanent Participants was being developed and applied to the three indigenous peoples’ organizations then observers in the AEPS. When the Arctic Council was established in 1996, both the Permanent Participants and IPS was reinserted into the new intergovernmental framework. Since commencing business in 1994, the role of the secretariat has been to facilitate contributions from the Permanent Participants to the cooperation of the eight Arctic states and to assist the Permanent Participants in performing, mainly communicational task.

The work of IPS

The Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat is a support Secretariat for the International Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations that have Permanent Participant status in the Arctic Council.
IPS assists with creating opportunities for the Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations to present their causes, and helps provide them with necessary information and materials.
IPS work includes:

• Ensuring that Permanent Participants are sent documents and reports connected to the work of the Arctic Council and its working groups.

• Helping Permanent Participants to present their views to the Arctic Council and its Working Groups.

• Collecting and communicating information about the Arctic Council and its results to the Indigenous Peoples in the various parts of the Arctic.

• Providing co-ordination for the Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations to meet with each other, and to participate in the Arctic Council Working Groups.

The Governing Board of IPS

A Governing Board directs the work of IPS that approves the work of IPS each year.
 The Chair of the Governing Board is chosen among the Permanent Participants.
 The working language of IPS is English. However, in order to help with communication with the Russian Indigenous Peoples, communications are in both English and Russian. IPS is headed by an Executive Secretary, who is responsible to the Governing Board for the daily operations and in directing the staff of the Secretariat. The workplace rules and regulations and accounting and auditing procedures are in accordance with Danish Law.

IPS Organization Chart

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Visiting and postal address:

Fram Centre
Postboks 6606 Langnes 
NO-9296 Tromsø, Norway

Elle Merete Omma 
Executive Secretary
Phone +47 917 39 612
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Alona Yefimenko 
Technical Advisor 
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Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat
Fram Centre, Postboks 6606 Langnes, NO-9296 Tromsø, Norway