Gwich'in Council International focuses its efforts at the Arctic Council within the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) and the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Working Group (CAFF).

Our Projects

Arctic Renewable Energy Futures Toolkit

GCI Proposed

GCI is leading this initiative to provide online and print resources for community energy planning to facilitate getting communities off costly and environmentally damaging diesel power generation

Arctic Renewable Energy Network Academy (ARENA)

GCI Co-Led

Focuses on sharing knowledge and establishing professional networks related to microgrids and integration of renewable energy resources for remote Arctic communities. 

Best Practices in Environmental Impact Assessments

GCI Participating

This project aims to create a Circumpolar network of EIA experts, as well as identify best practices.

Our Focus on Renewable Energy

GCI is focusing on renewable energy at the Arctic Council, in order work collaboratively with our neighbours to find renewable energy solutions for the Arctic by sharing knowledge, developing best practises, and building resources. Our communities in both Canada and Alaska currently rely on diesel power generation and a switch to renewables will help our communities to:

  • Increase our energy security by providing reliable sources of energy generation;
  • Generate economic benefits by diversity the economy and creating jobs;
  • Reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, which have a negative impact on our Arctic environment.