Canada announces Polar Knowledge Canada organization

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper shovels dirt during a ground breaking ceremony for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station on August 23, 2014 in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.  The new Polar Knowledge Canada organization will be housed here when the station opens in 2017.(Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper shovels dirt during a ground breaking ceremony for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station on August 23, 2014 in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. The new Polar Knowledge Canada organization will be housed here when the station opens in 2017.(Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)
The Canadian government announced this week that  it has merged the functions of the Canadian Polar Commission and the  Canadian High Arctic Research Station initiative into a new organization.

Called Polar Knowledge Canada, the new organization will have its headquarters in the Canadian High Arctic Research Station when it opens in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut  in 2017.

“The official start of Polar Knowledge Canada as a new organization is a significant achievement in our Government’s Northern Strategy,” said Bernard Valcourt, Canada’s minister of Aboriginal affairs and northern development in a news release this week.

“The leadership Canada is taking in polar science and technology and in the stewardship of Canada’s Arctic will benefit not just Northerners but all Canadians and the rest of the world for generations to come.”

Collaborations with northerners

The government says that Polar Knowledge Canada will “build on the former Canadian Polar Commission’s mandate to serve as Canada’s primary point of contact for Arctic science.”

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to express our enthusiasm at being able to bring our experiences of working, living and researching in the North to the collaboration between Polar Knowledge Canada and Northerners as we work to bring new understanding of the changing Arctic to all Canadians,” said Nellie Cournoyea, the interim chair of Polar Knowledge Canada in a statement.

“These collaborations will help provide Northerners with up-to-date information needed for effective action on the issues we face every day – for economic development, environmental and wildlife stewardship, community health and well-being – and to plan wisely for the future.”

More information on Polar Knowledge Canada and the High Arctic Research Station can be found HERE

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Canadian web documentary highlights Arctic science, Eye on the Arctic

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Norway:  Norway’s polar satellite centre, Deutsche Welle’s Iceblogger

Sweden: Sweden’s Arctic space centre sets sights on satellite launches, Radio Sweden

United States: Auroral research rocket blasts into space from Alaska range, Alaska Dispatch News

 

 

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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