Iqaluit, Nunavut (October 12, 2011) – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency today attended the Grand Opening of the Nunavut Research Institute, on behalf of the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
“It is truly a pleasure to be in Nunavut today to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Nunavut Research Institute,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “This vibrant new facility will be home to the next generation of Arctic researchers from Canada and around the world, and will provide lasting sustainable benefits for Northerners.”
The Government of Canada invested $10.4 million to build a larger, more modern and more energy efficient facility that will enable the institute to expand its current research activities in the areas of health, natural, and social sciences.
“This important investment is working to ensure that a strong research infrastructure network is in place across the North to support the Canadian High Arctic Research Station,” said Minister Duncan. “Our Government is taking concrete action to support a strong Northern economy.
Through Canada's Economic Action Plan (CEAP) in Budget 2009, $85 million was allocated to upgrade key existing Arctic research facilities.
“Cutting-edge research requires cutting-edge facilities and we are pleased that the Government of Canada's Arctic Research Infrastructure Fund has enabled us to enter into a new millennia of research,” said Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak. “The Nunavut Research Institute provides leadership in developing, facilitating and promoting traditional knowledge, science and research to promote the well-being of Nunavummiut.”
The Nunavut Research Institute has its headquarters in Iqaluit, with satellite stations located in Arviat, Igloolik, Rankin Inlet and Cambridge Bay.
“The new facilities will allow us to build stronger relationships with the research community, Nunavummiut and industry,” said the Honourable Daniel Shewchuk, Minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College. “Through these infrastructure improvements, we are well-positioned to explore and increase home-grown research capacity, technology innovation and opportunities for science and education.”
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