Interior Secretary Jewell to Visit Canada & Continue Conversation on Shared Priorities

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (Credit Department of the Interior)

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On Wednesday, April 27, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will make her first official visit to Canada to continue momentum from Prime Minister Trudeau’s March 10 visit to Washington, DC on our two nations’ shared commitments to support indigenous communities, strengthen conservation cooperation and advance Arctic priorities.

On Thursday, April 28, Secretary Jewell will participate in a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna to continue a conversation on ways the United States and Canada can address the global issue of climate change and other shared conservation initiatives, including migratory bird conservation and the management of transboundary protected areas. They will also discuss shared interests in the Arctic – including reducing the impacts of climate change, stewardship of public lands, investing in indigenous knowledge and working together towards a sustainable, responsible energy future. These interests complement the priorities of the United States’ chairmanship of the Arctic Council, which focus on improving economic conditions for Arctic communities, protecting the Arctic Ocean and mitigating climate change impacts.

Secretary Jewell and Minister McKenna will also tour the Canadian Museum of History and meet with President of the InuitTapiriit Kanatami, Natan Obed. Later in the day, Secretary Jewell will host a roundtable discussion with indigenous leaders to discuss policy issues focused on self-governance and consultation with First Nations communities on protected area management.

This is Secretary Jewell’s second official meeting with Minister McKenna, who met with Jewell in Washington, D.C. this past February shortly after she was sworn into office.