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Protecting Our Arctic Biodiversity

Canadian Museum of Nature Comments on the United States-Canada Joint Arctic Leaders' Statement

The Canadian Museum of Nature welcomes the continued focus on the Arctic noted in the Prime Minister’s release of the United States-Canada Joint Arctic Leaders' Statement, issued December 20, 2016. 

As a member of the Government of Canada family, the museum is proud to lead a year of dialogue about the changing Arctic in 2017 (Canada 150), centred around the opening of the permanent Canada Goose Arctic Gallery on June 21, 2017.

Knowledge of the Arctic’s flora, fauna and geological record is a critical building block for the science-based management of biodiversity in the North. The museum’s focus on the Arctic leverages its legacy of more than 100 years of experience in Arctic exploration and discovery, with a special lens on understanding Arctic biodiversity.

The museum continues to share its Arctic knowledge with national and international partners through research expeditions and fieldwork (often in remote areas of the North); scientific publications and collaborations; public programs and exhibitions; and the physical record of biodiversity derived from the museum’s national natural history collections (comprising more than 14.6 million specimens and artifacts), with significant concentrations in Arctic plants, animals, minerals and fossils.

To kick-off the museum’s focus on the Arctic in 2017, the museum will host a special research symposium on January 27, 150 Years of Arctic Biodiversity. Throughout the year, research projects, public and outreach programs, and special events will continue this focus on the Arctic.