Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
I am writing on behalf of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society to bring to your attention a new educational resource created to mark International Polar Year (IPY). The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, in collaboration with the Canadian Council for Geographic Education and the Canadian Polar Commission, has developed a set of bilingual lesson plans on
Friday, May 16, 2008
International Polar Year
InITIAL list of Communications and Training Projects
These projects will help raise awareness about the Canadian Arctic and its peoples, promote IPY and polar science and research, and foster greater understanding of the importance of the polar regions among Canadians and other countries. Specific activities will encourage youth, particularly in the North, to learn about polar science and research. Others will provide experience and training for Northerners to carry out northern-based research and monitoring during and after IPY.
Below are some of the projects that have been selected for funding. Other selected projects will be announced pending further approvals.
Making northern science accessible: Popularizing northern scholarly articles
Arctic Institute of
Iqaluit Music Society and Alianait Arts Festival
Arctic Seabirds as Insiders on Climate Change
Seabirds have become harbingers of environmental change in the
Arctic Odyssey – Journey to the Top of the World
Science North is creating Arctic Odyssey – Journey to the Top of the World, an IMAX film that will feature the impacts of climate change on the
Gwich’in Settlement Regional Atlas: Mapping a Path through Change
Gwich’in Land Use Planning Board
Gwich’in Settlement Regional Atlas: Mapping a Path through Change will be a regional atlas, a hardcover book that will include important geographic information about the Gwich’in region. It will feature maps, photos, easy to understand scientific information and traditional knowledge.
Polar Perspectives: Canadian IPY Speaker Series and Youth Forums
This is a national speaker series to be hosted at museums across
Aquatic Ecology of the Canadian
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Aquatic Ecology of the Canadian Arctic will be a comprehensive book, with an accompanying website, that describes the fascinating and important field of Arctic freshwater and marine ecosystems, including the species that inhabit them and the research methods used to study them.
Long Ago Person Found (Kwaday Dan Ts’inchi) Symposium and Publication
Kwaday Dan Ts’inchi Management Committee / Royal BC Museum
This project will highlight the results of the discovery of ancient human remains at the edge of a melting glacier in
Greyhound Information Services
This documentary film will capture the early 19th century Arctic journeys of Dr. R.M. Anderson, a former chief biologist with the National Museum of Canada and a world renowned expert on mammals of the North. Long overshadowed by his dramatic colleague Vilhajalmur Stefansson, Dr. Anderson’s story is another exciting glimpse into Arctic history.
Friends of Dempster Country Society
The Friends of Dempster Country Society in the
Students on Ice – IPY Arctic Youth Expeditions 2008-2010
Students on Ice Foundation
IPY is funding 10 students per year for three years to take part in the highly successful Students on Ice program. The program provides youth aged 14 to 17 with a greater understanding and appreciation for the
Yukon College Field Course to
Renewable Resources Management Program,
This is a 14-day field course for
Yukon Department of Education
This project involves a field study program for high school students in the
Northern Village Data Collection System
Nunavik Research Centre, Makivik Corp.
Organization of the Nunavik Research Centre
Nunavik Research Centre, Makivik Corp
The Nunavik Research Centre holds a wealth of important research materials related to the Nunavik region; however, work is needed to organize the collection so it can be used more effectively. This project will involve training staff and organizing the research centre’s resources.
Contrasts between the Poles
Geological Survey of
This project will involve two northern students traveling to the Antarctic to participate in the collection of ice cores. They will be working with world-renowned glaciologist Roy Koerner, learning about ice coring, ice thickness measurement and sampling for contaminant studies. They will also be involved in the analysis of the data collected.