After a change of speakers , this Nordic Horizons Arctic Circles Fringe event on Sunday 19 November 2017 had the following panel. Tukumminnguaq Nykjaer Olsen is a young student, campaigner from Greenland who won this year’s Arctic Innovation prize. Scots-born Rachael Johnstone is the Professor of Law, Arctic Oil and Gas Studies at Greenland University. Together with Iceland’s former Foreign Minister Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson (who took Iceland into EFTA & was first to recognise the Baltic countries as independent states) and Rune Rafaelson former Director of the Barents Secretariat and an expert on oil, fishing stocks, Russian politics — it was a heck of a line up. Finally, we were fortunate enough to have Andy Wightman MSP on the panel to respond from a Scottish perspective.
As a packed audience found out, the answer to the question "Is the Future Arctic?" is 'yes'. You can view the proceedings in two videos from Democracy TV below to get a flavour of what the debate was like. But first; we asked some primary school children to pose their 'own' questions to the panel. And we also got a very short video response to the central question too. You can view all the videos below.
The whole meeting proceedings - Part 1
The whole meeting proceedings - Part 2