Canadian Coast Guard Concludes 2024 Summit with United States Coast Guard

Canadian Coast Guard Concludes 2024 Summit with United States Coast Guard
Canadian Coast Guard Concludes 2024 Summit with United States Coast Guard

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Members of the Canadian and United States Coast Guards at the 2024 Canadian-United States Coast Guard Summit at the Canadian Coast Guard College (Sydney, Nova Scotia). Photo credit: Canadian Coast Guard.

As neighbouring maritime nations, Canada and the United States have a long history of sharing knowledge, experience and best practices across a wide range of coast guard services that help keep our respective mariners safe and protect our coasts and waterways.

The top The 2024 Canadian and United States Coast Guard Academy was held at the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydneyin Nova Scotia. The top The annual meeting provides an opportunity for senior Coast Guard leaders to come together and review strategic and operational issues. This year’s agenda covered priorities, challenges and opportunities facing both Coast Guards, including shipbuilding, recruiting and retention, and Arctic operations.

The Canadian Coast Guard College provided an appropriate backdrop for discussions that focused on collaboration and future preparedness for Coast Guard operations. The College’s fundamental role in maritime safety education and innovation was also highlighted, which is complemented by access to world-class training and resources, such as navigation and ice management simulators, and the Wärtsilä training engine, the first of its kind in Canada and one of only six in the world.

Participants were privileged to witness a traditional smudging ceremony led by Mi’kmaq Grand Council Hereditary Chief (Keptin) Stephen Augustine. They were also given a guided tour of the Mi’kmaq Heritage Park by local First Nation members. Membertoua five-acre site featuring a major indoor exhibit, which provides a dynamic representation of the culture and heritage of the Mi’kmaq people of Membertou.

Citations

“The Canada-United States Coast Guard Summit is an opportunity to reaffirm the enduring partnership between our two countries to protect our maritime interests. We thank our American counterparts for their continued collaboration with us to shape a safer and more resilient maritime future based on mutual respect, cooperation and shared values.” – The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“Through shared knowledge and dedication, the Canada-United States Coast Guard Summit is a critical forum to discuss protecting mariners and our precious coasts. This year’s Summit is especially significant as it is being held at the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney, Nova Scotia, where our Coast Guard personnel begin their careers and commitment to excellence.” – Mike Kelloway, Parliamentary Secretary, Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“The Canadian Coast Guard appreciates the opportunity to meet with its counterparts from the United States Coast Guard to share best practices and advance maritime safety. This Summit highlights the critical role that collaboration and innovation play in effectively addressing shared priorities and challenges.” – Mario Pelletier, Commissioner, Canadian Coast Guard

“The annual Coast Guard Summit is a critical opportunity to further collaborate with our Canadian colleagues and build on what is already a very strong partnership. Every day, we demonstrate our shared commitment to maritime security by working together along our shared maritime boundaries. I am grateful that our mutual dedication to strong maritime governance extends to both coasts, the Great Lakes region, and, most importantly, the Arctic, where human activity is increasing, making our collaboration more important than ever.” – Admiral Linda L. Fagan, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard

Quick Facts

  • The first Canada-United States Coast Guard Summit was held in 2005. The two countries alternate hosting the event. The Summit provides an opportunity for leaders from both coast guards to come together annually and discuss strategic and operational issues of mutual importance.
  • Canada and the United States entered into an agreement regarding joint icebreaking operations in the Great Lakes in the 1980s.
  • In March 2022, the Canadian and United States Coast Guards signed the updated CANUSLAK Plan. The CANUSLAK Agreement is an operational annex created to coordinate planning, preparedness, and response to pollution incidents in the shared waters of the Great Lakes and connecting waterways.
  • In February 2024, the Canadian and United States Coast Guards signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding to renew coordination of icebreaking and buoy mooring operations conducted by the two organizations in the Great Lakes, connecting waterways and the shared portion of the St. Lawrence River.

Source: Canadian Coast Guard

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