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  • On June 1 2015 the Government of Canada established Polar Knowledge Canada, a federal research organization that focuses on advancing Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic and strengthening Canadian leadership in polar science and technology.
  • Polar Knowledge Canada combines the mandates and functions of the Canadian Polar Commission and the Canadian High Arctic Research Station initiative of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.
  • The new organization comprises:
    • a pan-northern science and technology research program
    • the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS), a world class research facility in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, which will be operational in 2017
    • a polar knowledge management and mobilization function.

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The State of Northern Knowledge in Canada

cover of State of Northern Knowledge ReportCompendium of topic summaries

This wide-ranging new report on the state of northern knowledge in Canada analyses the significant gains made since the beginning of International Polar Year 2007 with a view to determining today’s high-level research opportunities.  Focussing on the perspectives of northerners, it highlights new knowledge that can be used to address many of the issues northerners have identified as important.

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What is the Canadian Polar Commission?

 It's Canada’s primary polar knowledge agency. And it also:

• is a point of contact with the Canadian and international polar scientific communities;

• works with Canadian and international institutions to determine scientific and other priorities;

• encourages and facilitates cooperation and collaboration in polar knowledge;

• provides advice to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

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