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Participating Organizations

The Álgu Fund aims to support the active involvement of the following Indigenous organizations in the Arctic Council. All participating organizations hold Permanent Participant Status in the Council. The Álgu Fund was created by Permanent Participants for Permanent Participants, alongside, but independent from, the Arctic Council.

Aleut International Association

Website: www.aleut-international.org
Representative: Liza Mack, e-mail

Aleut International Association (AIA) was formed by the Aleutian/Pribilof Islands Association and the Association of the Indigenous Peoples of the North of the Aleut District of the Kamchatka Region of the Russian Federation (AIPNADKR). As an Alaska Native not-for-profit corporation (501(c)3) it aims to work through international mechanisms to address environmental and cultural concerns of the extended Aleut family whose wellbeing has been connected to the rich resources of the Bering Sea for millennia.

Arctic Athabaskan Council

Website: www.arcticathabaskancouncil.com
Representative: Chief Gary Harrison, e-mail

Arctic Athabaskan Council (AAC) is an international treaty organization established to defend the rights and further the interests internationally of American and Canadian Athabaskan member First Nation governments. It seeks to foster greater understanding of the shared heritage of Athabaskan peoples, representing 76 communities in Alaska, Yukon, and Northwest Territories, which in total include approximately 45,000 people.

Gwich’in Council International

Website:  www.gwichincouncil.com
Representative: Grant Sullivan, e-mail

Gwich’in Council International (GCI) aims to ensure that all Gwich’in Nations in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Alaska are represented at the Arctic Council, as well as to play an active and significant role in the development of policies that relate to the Circumpolar Arctic. GCI represents approximately 9,000 people.

Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Far East, and Siberia (RAIPON)

Website: www.raipon.info
Representative: Vladimir Klimov, e-mail

RAIPON represents approximately 250,000 Russian Indigenous peoples from 41 different groups. It is a registered public political movement in Russia.

Saami Council

Website: www.saamicouncil.net
Representative: Outi Padaar, e-mail

Saami Council represents Saami in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. Saami Council membership is comprised of nine regional Saami associations. It aims to: promote Saami rights and interest in the four countries where the Saami are living; consolidate the feeling of a unity among the Saami people; attain recognition for the Saami as a nation, and maintain the economic, social, and cultural rights of the Saami in the legislation of the four states.