Joint Task Force (North) hosts safety and security meeting
Tags: Operations & Exercises
Community engagement in safety and security was the topic of discussion recently for the Arctic Security Working Group at Joint Task Force (North) (JTFN) headquarters, in Yellowknife, N.W.T.
The biannual meeting gathers together organizations and groups which have an interest in northern issues. Over 80 people from across various government departments and agencies, Indigenous communities, non-government organizations, academics, the private sector, and international partners attended this year’s event.
Local engagement in safety and security builds stronger social infrastructure, strengthens the relationships between governments and communities, and builds resilience at all levels.
“Networking and information sharing through the Arctic Security Working Group has been invaluable to our success in the North,” said Brigadier-General Mike Nixon, JTFN Commander. “I look forward to working in closer collaboration with the territorial governments with the new [Arctic Security Working Group] governance model.”
The working group looked at federally, locally, and internationally supported community engagement in safety and security. Members discussed a renewed governance model for the platform to create links between the working group and the whole-of-government component of Operation NANOOK. This model has the territorial governments co-chairing the working group on a rotational basis, with JTFN and the Yukon government co-chairing the November meeting.
In 1999, federal and territorial departments and agencies established the working group so that departments and agencies operating in the northern region could work together to achieve greater results, including the safety and security of Canadians.
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