Canada leading the way in Arctic research and international collaboration
OSLO, NORWAY (June 9th, 2010) – Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and Minister for the Canadian Northern Development Agency, today delivered a keynote address to delegates at an International Polar Year (IPY) Science Conference in Norway.
“IPY is an exceptional undertaking for many reasons: it has inspired practical, policy-relevant research, promoted international collaboration and encouraged the development of new Arctic researchers,” said Minister Strahl. “To realize the full potential of IPY, we must and we will, continue to make progress on all of these endeavors.”
“Our government recognizes the importance of the North and is committed to helping this region flourish,” said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health. “The results of the research conducted as part of IPY will enable us to better understand the impact that climate change has had on the circumpolar health and wellness of people of the Arctic”.
The International Polar Year conference “Polar Science – Global Impact” is considered the largest polar science gathering ever held and features the latest results of IPY research and polar science from around the world. Over 120 Canadians are presenting at the Oslo Science Conference on the results of their IPY science and research, as well as on data management, and communications and outreach projects.
Canada has invested significantly in IPY. Of the 200 IPY projects worldwide, there were 52 Canadian IPY projects, focused on two key priority areas: climate change impacts and adaptation, and the health and well-being of Northern Canadians.
Canada's six-year $156 million investment in IPY has strengthened the research efforts of 1,750 scientists and researchers throughout Canada's North.
The Government of Canada's support for IPY includes working with Arctic researchers to improve the communities of the North.
“The Government of Canada's support for IPY allowed us to put together for the first time a snapshot of permafrost conditions across the entire North of Canada,” said Dr. Antoni Lewkowicz, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa.
Minister Strahl also took the opportunity to thank the Government of Norway for its important contributions to IPY, and the Research Council of Norway for hosting the Oslo conference. The Minister then invited the world to come to Montreal in 2012 where Canada will host the final IPY international science-to-policy conference From Knowledge to Action, which will focus on applying and integrating the global knowledge gained through IPY research.
During his visit to Norway, Minister Strahl also met with his Norwegian counterparts on Aboriginal and regional development issues, and with Norwegian and Canadian business leaders.
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