Invitation to a conference - “Conversations from the North”

The University of Aberdeen is convening a major international conference on the theme “Conversations from the North : Scholars of many disciplines and inhabitants of many places in dialogue with one another, with animals and plants, and with the land ”. This interdisciplinary conference will take place in Aberdeen from 27 to 29 August 2017. The call for abstracts is now open.

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Carleton University - Graduate Programs in Northern Studies

Carleton University is pleased to announce graduate programs in Northern Studies that will begin in September 2017. The purpose of the programs is to provide opportunities for students to learn how to recognize and support wise decision making in the public and private sectors. The programs are intensive, one-year, interdisciplinary, course-based Master degrees and Graduate Diplomas. Students may take MA or MSc degrees.

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MEOPAR - Winter School in Marine Environmental Prediction

The MEOPAR Prediction Core is pleased to offer a five-day training course in marine environmental prediction at the Université du Québec à Rimouski (Québec, Canada). The course will address a broad spectrum of concepts, methods and challenges that are involved in contemporary environmental prediction.

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Polar Continental Shelf Program Photograph Contest

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017 and the Polar Continental Shelf Program’s 60th anniversary in 2018, the PCSP is developing an exhibit that will feature the history of scientific endeavour in the Canadian Arctic and the PCSP’s role in it. The Program is searching for outstanding photographs that capture the pursuit of scientific knowledge in the region.

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Nain in Focus - Mental Health and Photography Workshop

North in Focus is a non-profit organization that teaches youth in Arctic communities about photography as a way to explore and address mental health. The group will be in Nain on October 31 for a workshop developed in partnership with community members.

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North American CryoSat Science Meeting

We are pleased to inform you of the up-coming first North American CryoSat Science Meeting in Banff, Alberta from 20-24 March 2017. The meeting will be part of a major international event that will also include the Fourth Swarm Science Meeting and the accompanying Geodetic Missions Workshop.

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Oceana Canada’s Science Symposium - Rebuilding Abundance: Restoring Canada’s Fisheries for Long-Term Prosperity

On October 26, 2016, take part in Oceana Canada’s science symposium, Rebuilding Abundance: Restoring Canada’s Fisheries for Long-Term Prosperity. Canadian and international experts in science, management, policy, law, social equity, economics and Indigenous knowledge systems will come together to help create a sustainable future for Canada’s fish and fisheries.

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APECS Canada-ASA 2016 Mentor Award

APECS Canada and the ArcticNet Student Association (ASA) would like to recognize and honor the efforts of their mentors within the polar science community of Canada. This award has been created to acknowledge the time and energy that mentors dedicate to early career researchers each year, and their efforts in building a supportive community.

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Nunavut Research Institute - Call for Proposals

Irving Shipbuilding Inc., in partnership with Nunavut Arctic College is pleased to launch a call for proposals for applied research projects with a northern focus. Its key objectives of this joint initiative is to build Arctic community capacity to engage in applied research and co-management decision making process, develop practical solutions to enhance marine safety and develop tools and technologies to respond marine incidents.

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Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge

The Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge is a national competition organized in partnership with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Compute Canada, the Ontario Centres of Excellence, and ThinkData Works, targeting multi-disciplinary research teams led by social sciences and humanities researchers. Competing teams, using open-data sets, will develop systems, processes or fully functional technology applications that address the human dimensions of key challenges in the natural resource and energy sectors.

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New Publication: Mining and Communities in Northern Canada: History, Politics, and Memory

For indigenous communities throughout the globe, mining has been a historical forerunner of colonialism, introducing new, and often disruptive, settlement patterns and economic arrangements. Although indigenous communities may benefit from and adapt to the wage labour and training opportunities provided by new mining operations, they are also often left to navigate the complicated process of remediating the long-term ecological changes associated with industrial mining. In this regard, the mining often inscribes colonialism as a broad set of physical and ecological changes to indigenous lands.

This collection examines historical and contemporary social, economic, and environmental impacts of mining on Aboriginal communities in northern Canada. Combining oral history research with intensive archival study, this work juxtaposes the perspectives of government and industry with the perspectives of local communities. The oral history and ethnographic material provides an extremely significant record of local Aboriginal perspectives on histories of mining and development in their regions.

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Natural Resources Canada - Call for Grant Proposals: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals Program, Phase 2 (GEM-2)

The GEM program has an available budget to fund grant agreements with Canadian academic institutions to address GEM research objectives. Over the next five years, the program is looking to support innovative proposals to help develop long-term Canadian geoscience capacity and to address pressing resource industry needs in the North.

The program is currently seeking proposals for projects to be completed by March 31, 2017.

The GEM Proposal Template is available online via Call for GEM Multi-Year Grant Proposal

For more information, please contact Louise Laverdure, Director at