ANCHORAGE, Alaska—NANA Regional Corporation joined the Arctic Economic Council (AEC) as an Arctic Partner, reemphasizing NANA’s role in responsible and culturally sensitive Arctic business development. The partnership was approved at a meeting of the Arctic Economic Council in Helsinki, Finland.
“As residents and stewards of the Arctic, we balance responsible development and economic opportunity with the preservation of our traditional way of life,” said Wayne Westlake, President and CEO of NANA. “Partnership with the AEC is an opportunity for us to further these goals and have an active voice in the future of our home.”
Established in 2014, the Arctic Economic Council facilitates Arctic business activities that promote responsible economic development. The group is chaired by Finland, and includes board members who represent business leaders of the eight nations and indigenous communities of the Arctic. As an Arctic Partner, NANA will contribute to a healthy future for Alaska’s Arctic people and communities.
“Alaska’s voice in this international conversation is crucial,” said Westlake. “As the world looks toward the North and its potential for new, economic opportunity, it is important that we have a seat at the table to shape the future of the Arctic. I believe this partnership is not only beneficial to our region, but to all of Alaska and the U.S., and we are excited to collaborate and contribute.”
NANA Regional Corporation is a for-profit Alaska Native Corporation with a social responsibility to its 14,300 Inupiat shareholders from Northwest Alaska. NANA has three core business areas: mineral development on NANA lands, services to the U.S. Government through its Federal Group of companies, and services to a wide variety of customers—including Alaska’s natural resources industries—through its Commercial Group subsidiaries.