Resource development in the Canadian Arctic faces cost barriers and risks that can be overcome by collaboration between all relevant Arctic stakeholders — federal government, territorial governments, Northern communities and the private sector. The seventh Junior Fellows policy brief, authored by Monique McCallum, Nabeel Sheiban and Simone Stawicki, recommends that Canada promote responsible resource development through standardized offshore oil practices across all Arctic states and through support of the government’s prosperity agenda by facilitating infrastructure development contingent to Arctic mining expansion, as well as the promotion of skill-based employment for Northern youth.

The CIGI Junior Fellows program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs provides masters level students with mentorship opportunities from senior scholars and policy makers. Working under the direction of a project leader, each junior fellow conducts research in one of CIGI’s program areas. This series presents those policy briefs that met CIGI’s publications standards.