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November 10, 2020 — Gatineau, Québec — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
Science and Indigenous knowledge working together is key to developing the evidence-based policy that will help Northerners and all Canadians adapt to changing conditions and plan for the future. Knowledge and innovative research of the Arctic is vital to addressing the unique challenges and impacts of climate change in Canada’s North and strengthening the resilience of northern communities. As the world adapts to the new reality of COVID-19 and its impact on Arctic communities, the important work of Polar Knowledge Canada is even more pressing.
Today, the Minister of Northern Affairs, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, announced the appointment of a new President & CEO of Polar Knowledge Canada, Ms. Jennifer C. Hubbard, and four appointments to the organization’s Board of Directors, including Mr. Joe Kunuk as Chairperson as well as Dr. Karen Barnes, Ms. Kimberly Fairman, and Ms. Jacqueline Pepper-Journal as Board members. All appointments are for a period of five years.
Members of the Board will continue their important work in ensuring that scientific research and Indigenous knowledge inform decision making in the North, while also supporting environmental stewardship, sustainable development, the health of Indigenous and northern communities, and job creation.
The Government of Canada remains committed to working with territorial governments, Indigenous northern partners as well as individuals, other organizations in the North and Arctic, and members of the international science community to advance Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic, strengthen Canadian leadership in polar science and technology, and promote the development and distribution of knowledge of other circumpolar regions, including Antarctica.
The appointees were all selected through the open and transparent GIC selection process and demonstrated the necessary knowledge, experience and determination to successfully fill these critical roles at Polar Knowledge Canada.
“The Government of Canada understands that we must continue working towards renewing the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples, tackling the challenge of climate change, promoting economic development, and creating jobs for the middle class. The Polar Knowledge Canada Board of Directors is making good progress towards these broader priorities in the North, and I want to congratulate those selected who will be joining the team as they work to continue to advance these priorities. Your contributions and leadership will play a vital role in informing the important work of Polar Knowledge Canada and I am confident that your participation will contribute significantly to its ongoing success as Canada continues to strengthen its leadership in Arctic, Northern, and polar science, research and innovation.”
The Honourable Daniel Vandal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Northern Affairs
For more information, media may contact:
Office of the Honourable Daniel Vandal
Minister of Northern Affairs
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada