Established in 1971, CARC is a well-respected non-partisan, public interest, research and advocacy organization. Composed of citizens committed to environmentally-responsible northern development, support for the rights of Indigenous peoples, respect for the authority of northern territorial governments and increased international co-operation in the circumpolar world, CARC has a reputation for high quality research and public policy analyses, effective public communication and advocacy, and helping to set the public policy agenda. CARC has published more than 100 books, monographs, and facilitated nationally significant conferences on the Arctic.
Beginning with the Berger Commission on the development of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline CARC has often acted as intervenor, facilitator and repository for information and data that pertains to making development in the Arctic sustainable for the wildlife and people living there.
CARC’s supporters include people from across Canada as well as many other countries. We do not receive any government funding for core operations, but rely on donations by individuals and grants from private foundations that share our commitment. Our board has been working on issues in the north for many decades, it includes scholars, communications consultants, writers, community organizers and Arctic security expertise. We have three staff members; an administrator, communications director and a program manager.
CARC is heavily invested in the environmental assessment process in the north and advocates strongly for full impact assessments on all development including pipelines, hydro projects, road building, oil and gas exploration, shipping and the building of ports. The cumulative effects of these projects are generally poorly understood; CARC supports closing this information gap.
CARC continues to advocate for health of communities through sharing of information and data on toxic substances and pollutants, and supporting efforts toward food security.
CARC believes strongly in the protection of the many caribou herds found in the north and the preservation of their migration and calving grounds.
CARC supports all efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change in the north; whether it be to stop or slow down unsustainable developments and/or making efforts to ease pressures that are already taking a toll on wildlife, the environment and the people in the north.
CARC supports all efforts toward Arctic security and making sure that the Canadian Arctic is safe and sustainable for all those who live there.