Canadians want to lead the international community in Arctic protection
CHURCHILL, MB and TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - Eight-in-ten (84 per cent)
of Canadians believe the Arctic environment is unspoiled and fragile
and should be the priority region for protection in Canada, according
to survey results released by the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) in advance of Earth Day, this April 22.
The survey finds that 90 per cent of Canadians believe Canada has a
special role to play at the international level as the protector of the
Arctic. The national survey was sponsored by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, a family foundation, and conducted by Leger Marketing.
"The Arctic is one of the few remaining ecological frontiers left in the
world and Canadians are fiercely protective of it," says Michael
Goodyear, Executive Director, Churchill Northern Studies Centre. "At
the Centre, our mission is to preserve and protect the Arctic by
gaining an understanding of the physical environment and social
Canadians want Canada to have a lead role on the world stage
Three quarters (75 per cent) of Canadians believe Canada should be the
global leader in Arctic research, well ahead of other nations including
Russia (5 per cent), Sweden (4 per cent) and the United States (2 per
77 per cent think Canada should invest in development of natural
resources in the Arctic to demonstrate leadership
40 per cent of Canadians believe expertise in Arctic resource
development should be a strategic priority for Canada, followed by
expertise in Arctic science (22 per cent) and Arctic security (16 per
Describing Canada's Great White North
70 per cent of Canadians think of Canada's territories (Yukon, Nunavut
or Northwest Territories) when describing the Canadian North
86 per cent of Canadians have not visited Canada's Northern territories,
yet 7 out of 10 (68 per cent) have indicated they are interested in
visiting one day
"Earth Day reminds us to reflect on the impact we have on the world,
both as individuals and as a nation," says Geordie Dalglish, Chairman
of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. "The Foundation supports the role
Canadian scientists have had in Northern research and are excited to
honour one of these scientists later this year."
In 2010, The Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research was initiated to recognize significant contributions and the broad
impact of a career devoted to natural science research in the Canadian
north. The deadline for nominations was February 28, 2011. The
inaugural $50,000 Prize will be presented as part of the new Churchill Northern Studies Centre opening events in the fall of 2011.
About the Survey
The survey was completed online from February 7-10, 2011 using Leger
Marketing's online panel, LegerWeb, with a sample of 1,532 Canadians. A probability sample of the same
size would yield a margin of error of ± 2.5%.
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and Northern Research
International Polar Year in 2007 was a response to a widespread concern
about the decline of research in the North. The W. Garfield Weston
Foundation acknowledged this concern by adding northern science and
research to its philanthropic mandate.
In addition to The Weston Family Prize, the Foundation offers research
scholarships at the graduate level to encourage and cultivate Canada's
next generation of northern scientists.
Through a challenge grant, the Foundation has also enabled the Churchill
Northern Studies Centre to leverage matching funds needed for the
renewal of the Centre, a key hub for northern research.
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is a private Canadian family
foundation, established in the 1950's by Willard Garfield Weston and
his wife Reta. In 1924 Garfield inherited his father's company and
during his life established bakeries and other successful enterprises
throughout Canada and in many parts of the world. Today, these
businesses include George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited,
companies in food retailing, processing and distribution. The founders
believed that as the funds are generated through the hard work and
success of these Canadian companies, grants should be given in Canada
for the benefit of Canadians. For three generations, The W. Garfield
Weston Foundation has maintained a family tradition of supporting
charitable organizations across Canada. Today the Foundation directs
the majority of its funds to projects in the fields of land
conservation, education, and science in Canada's North.
About Churchill Northern Studies Centre
Founded in 1976, the Churchill Northern Studies Centre is an
independent, non-profit research and education facility located 23 km
east of the town of Churchill, Manitoba. In addition to research, the
Centre facilitates a wide range of educational programming ranging from
general interest courses for the visiting public to university credit
courses for students.
SOURCE The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
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