The 2012 International Polar Year Conference has drawn to a close. An extimated 2000 scientists from around the world attended the week-long meeting to discuss all things Arctic and Antarctic-related. The closing ceremony was hosted by Peter Harrison, Chair of the 2012 IPY Conference.
Nancy Karetak-Lindell, Chair of the Indigenous Knowledge Exchange part of the conference, got some of the biggest applause of the day with her closing comments:
‘The most important resoure of the Arctic is our people. We the people have to matter. … After the researchers are all gone, we’ll still be there. We want to be more important to researchers, to our countries and to the world than just the polar bear and the seal.”
Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca