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The people, places, events and latest research of Canada’s subarctic and Arctic regions, one of the fastest-changing environments on Earth

How the Northern Scientific Training Program helped make Canada an Arctic science heavyweight

An NSTP grant helped Ann Balasubramaniam go to northern Yukon in 2008, when she was a doctoral student, to collaborate on freshwater ecosystem research with the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. Balasubramaniam, shown taking water samples on Mary Netro Lake with Devon Kyikavichik, now works for Polar Knowledge Canada in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. (Photo: Ann Balasubramaniam)

Photo: Ann Balasubramaniam
In the face of climate change, the government’s long-running Northern Scientific Training Program has never been more crucial
How the Northern Scientific Training Program helped make Canada an Arctic science heavyweight

Une subvention du PFSN a aidé Ann Balasubramaniam à se rendre dans le nord du Yukon en 2008, alors qu’elle était étudiante au doctorat, pour mener des recherches sur les écosystèmes d’eau douce en collaboration avec la Première Nation Vuntut Gwitchin. Balasubramaniam, qu’on voit ici prélever des échantillons d’eau du lac Mary Netro avec Devon Kyikavichik, travaille aujourd’hui pour Savoir polaire Canada à Cambridge Bay, au Nunavut. (Photo : Ann Balasubramaniam)

Photo : Ann Balasubramaniam
Dans le contexte du changement climatique, le Programme de formation scientifique dans le Nord du gouvernement, établi depuis longtemps, n’a jamais été aussi essentiel
Prince Leopold Island migratory bird sanctuary, nunavut, sea ice, Arctic

When it comes to climate change, what happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic. (Photo: Andrew Lovesey/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Andrew Lovesey/Canadian Geographic
Because temperatures in the Arctic are rising faster than anywhere else in the world, we must look to the experiences of Inuit as a harbinger of what is to come — and seek their guidance on how to live sustainably
Minister Wilkinson

Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announces a $1 million investment in environmental response equipment in Victoria in September 2018. (Photo: Office of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans)

Photo: Office of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
The new Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard sits down with Canadian Geographic for an exclusive interview on a range of topics, from salmon to whales to ‘last ice’
Lady Franklin, Sir John Franklin, London, Arctic, explorer, Erebus, Terror

Erika Behrisch Elce’s new book develops the character of the famously private Lady Franklin through imagined letters to her explorer husband, written around the time of his untimely Arctic death. (Images, clockwise from left: Stonehouse Publishing; Amelie Romilly, 1815/public domain; National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London)

Images, clockwise from left: Stonehouse Publishing; Amelie Romilly, 1815/public domain; National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
A new novel by Erika Behrisch Elce brings Lady Franklin — widow of doomed polar explorer Sir John Franklin — to life in new and creative ways
Johnny Issaluk, Jared Harris, John Geiger

Actor Jared Harris (centre) with RCGS CEO John Geiger (right) and Terror castmate Johnny Issaluk at the 89th Annual College of Fellows dinner in Ottawa. Harris accepted the Society’s inaugural Louie Kamookak Medal for his portrayal of Capt. Francis Crozier in The Terror. (Photo: Ben Powless/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Ben Powless/Canadian Geographic
Inaugural award honours the legacy of the late Inuit historian 
Caribou, like this one in the Northwest Territories, are increasingly threatened across the country. (Photo: Alex Elliott/Can Geo Photo Club)

Caribou, like this one in the Northwest Territories, are increasingly threatened across the country. (Photo: Alex Elliott/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Alex Elliott/Can Geo Photo Club
Caribou numbers in Canada are dropping drastically — and quickly — leaving the iconic land mammal on the brink of extinction
dwindling caribou map

Canadian Geographic created this map as a snapshot of the status of Canada’s caribou herds. The large spheres show the largest estimated population of each herd, while the smaller coloured spheres show the current estimated population. (Map: Chris Brackley/Can Geo)

dwindling caribou map
 A snapshot of the country’s drastically dwindling caribou herds
DFO, Coast Guard and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami announce the creation of the new Arctic Region

Although the exact boundaries of the new Arctic Region are still to be defined in collaboration with residents of the North, they will reflect the shape of Inuit Nunangat, the traditional Inuit homelands. (Map: Chris Brackley/Can Geo)

Map: Chris Brackley/Can Geo
The change is to transform the way decisions about fishing, shipping, resource development and more are made across the enormous northern region defined by the traditional Inuit homelands
Unearthing clues to the mystery of the great Pleistocene extinction in Yukon

An illustration of Pleistocene-era mammals on Yukon’s tundra landscape. Thousands of fossils from this era are discovered each year, many by gold miners and members of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation around Old Crow. (Illustration: “Beringia Winter Scene,” courtesy Government of Yukon/artist George “Rinaldo” Teichmann)

Illustration: Government of Yukon
Findings about the disappearance of large mammals in the North could help scientists understand the potential impacts of modern climate change
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