© iStock “The voices of the Indigenous Peoples have to be heard”: An interview with Hjalmar Dahl 7 October 2021Инуитский приполярный совет Hjalmar Dahl is the President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Greenland and currently the Chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat’s (IPS) board. In this interview, he speaks about his background, the role of the Indigenous Permanent Participants in the Arctic Council, the time it takes for change to happen on institutional levels and to what extent the Council is a family like any other. Could you tell us something about your background? I started to work for the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Greenland and on Indigenous issues back in 1981. So, I can celebrate my 40-year anniversary this year – including spending one year in Geneva, working at the United Nations’ Center for Human Rights. Throughout these years and prior to getting engaged in the work of the Arctic Council, I coordinated ICC Greenland’s participation at the UN. I have for example been involved in the development of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; a drafting period which spanned approximately 25 years, before it was approved by the UN General Assembly in 2007. This experience taught me that the United Nations is not a place where you can change things from one day to the other. Regarding my educational and personal background, I’m a pedagogue and I have worked with youth for many years and later reeducated in communications. I’m from Greenland and I have a daughter and three grandsons.