A five-member delegation from the arctic country of Greenland was in Nome on March 28 to meet with officials from Kawerak and the city.
The Greenland delegation took part in a discussion about housing and infrastructure.
Improving the framework for catching and selling seafood is a common interest between Alaska and Greenland, Rolf Lau Nancke, the Head of Maritime Affairs in the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure, said.
“We see a lot of common interests and ways to practice infrastructure,” Nancke said.
Greenland’s fishing industry is based mainly on salmon, halibut, shrimp and cod. Nearly 4,000 of the nation’s 56,500 citizens are engaged in the fishing industry, according to a 2022 study.
Catherina Hvistendahl is Greenland’s First Secretary for Representation in Washington, D.C. She said her country’s cooperation on Arctic issues is not limited to the United States.
“We specifically work with increasing our cooperation with the US and Canada,” Hvistendahl said.
Minister Erik Jensen, who is also the leader of Greenland’s Siumut political party, led the members of the delegation during the visit to Nome.
The Greenland delegation’s trip to Nome came as a detour from the group’s attendance at the Arctic Encounter 2023 conference in Anchorage this week. The conference runs through March 31 at the Dena’ina Center.
Image at top: Five members of a delegation from the arctic nation of Greenland visited with officials from Kawerak and the City of Nome on Tuesday, March 28. Photo courtesy Danielle Slingsby/Kawerak (2023)