Duane Smith

Duane Smith is President of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference Canada and Vice-President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. A former Co-Chair of the World Conservation Union Arctic Specialist group Sustainable Use Initiative, he is an adamant advocate for indigenous rights, their relationship to the environment, and the traditional knowledge and insights that indigenous people can provide.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) characterizes the circumpolar Arctic as the world's climate change "barometer". The 160,000 Inuit who live in northern Canada, Greenland, Alaska and Chukotka in Russia have witnessed the changing of the natural environment as a result of global warming for almost 20 years.