Canada's New Government continues its commitment to the North



    IQALUIT, NUNAVUT, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Chuck Strahl,
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor
for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced funding for 10 International
Polar Year (IPY) projects which focus research on human health and
environmental impacts of climate change in the Canadian North.
    "Canada's New Government is taking an active leadership role in our North
to ensure that we can sustain and protect it for generations to come," said
Minister Strahl. "Today I am proud to announce new International Polar Year
research projects that will advance our understanding of the North, help us to
develop Northern resources in a sustainable way, and improve the quality of
life for Northerners and all Canadians."

    The projects include:
    
    - Carbon, Microbial and Plant Community Dynamics in Low-Arctic Tundra
    - Climate Change Impacts on Canadian Arctic Tundra
    - Constructed Wetlands for Treatment of Wastewater in Arctic Communities
    - Environmental Change and Traditional Use in the Old Crow Flats in
      Northern Canada
    - Impacts of a Changing Arctic Tree Line
    - The Impacts of Oil and Gas Activity on Peoples in the Arctic
    - Measuring the Impact of Climate Change on Landscape and Water Systems
      in the High Arctic
    - Monitoring the Impacts of Global Change on Caribou and Wild Reindeer
      and their Link to Human Communities
    - Northwest Territories Ice Patch Study
    - Polar Ecosystems in Transition: An Interdisciplinary Investigation into
      the Impacts of Climate Change on Polar Bears
    

    A total of 44 Canadian research projects were selected for IPY 2007-2008
funding by the Government of Canada in March 2007. At an event today in
Iqaluit, Minister Strahl announced $17 million in funding for 10 research
projects studying the effects of climate change in the Canadian Arctic.
    Over the course of the program 1,250 researchers will conduct Government
of Canada funded IPY research in 67 communities and at research sites
throughout Canada's North. It will help stimulate prosperity for Northern
communities by delivering new skills and training, introducing new
technologies, and identifying new economic opportunities.




For further information:

For further information: Minister's Office: Ted Yeomans, Director of
Communications, Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, (819) 997-0002; Media
Relations: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, (819) 953-1160, 
www.inac.gc.ca; For more information on International Polar Year, visit
http://www.ipy-api.gc.ca

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