Duane Smith was elected President of ICC Canada in June 2002. As President of ICC Canada, Mr. Smith also became Vice-President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. Duane has been involved with ICC Canada since 1998.
Mr. Smith is a member and co-chair to the Board of Directors of ArcticNet. He co-led the Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study that coordinated and documented data on the Arctic through traditional knowledge and western science. Additionally, Mr. Smith was a member of the National Steering Committee for the Canadian IPY.
Born and raised in Inuvik, NWT, Mr. Smith has represented the Inuvialuit nationally & internationally for many years as a member and Chair of the Inuvialuit Game Council on sustainable resource management & indigenous rights. He also has over 18 years of experience with the region’s government in conservation and resource management. Mr. Smith is a former co-chair of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Arctic Specialist group Sustainable Use Initiative.
Mr. Smith continues his close attachment to the land and is a steadfast advocate for indigenous rights, their relationship to the environment as well as the traditional knowledge and insights indigenous people can provide.
Announced in 2012, Duane Smith was recognized by the Indspire Institute for his contributions in the realm of politics, showcased in a 2013 ceremony. Duane Smith was also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.