SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA



SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA

February 25, 2011 10:00 ET

Harper Government Invests in Arctic Research

Investment will strengthen economy and improve quality of life of Northerners

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2011) - New research will examine how Canadians living in northern communities can benefit from the sustainable development of Arctic natural resources in a manner that improves northerners' health and wellbeing, while preserving the region's unique environment. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), made the announcement while speaking at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. 

"Our government is investing in science and technology to create jobs, improve the quality of life of Canadians and strengthen our economy," said Minister Goodyear. "This investment will help ensure that Canadians in northern communities have the tools they need to prosper and manage the development of natural resources, in a way that respects northern cultures, communities and the environment."

Canadians are increasingly turning their attention toward our Arctic region. The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that economic opportunities in this area are developed with strategies for success. Dr. Chris Southcott at Lakehead University will lead a research team in investigating management strategies that maximize the benefits of resource development for northern communities while minimizing the social, economic, cultural and environmental costs. 

"Our government is committed to developing a strong, northern economy and opportunities for Northerners, while protecting the unique and fragile arctic ecosystem," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Member of Parliament for Nunavut, Minister Responsible for the North and Minister of Health.

The government is investing $2.5 million in this project over the next seven years. This investment is from the Major Collaborative Research Initiative program of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

"This grant highlights the excellence of our country's talented researchers and recognizes the importance of fostering collaboration to keep Canada at the forefront of research, development and innovation in the 21st century," said Chad Gaffield, President of SSHRC.

Major Collaborative Research Initiative grants support leading-edge, multidisciplinary research projects led by scholars at Canadian institutions, with the participation of top international scholars. This collaborative approach enables research excellence, helping the best minds examine and find solutions to issues facing Canada and the world.

SSHRC is the federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Through its three funding programs—Talent, Insight and Connection—SSHRC enables the highest levels of research excellence in Canada and facilitates knowledge-sharing and collaboration across research disciplines, universities and all sectors of society.

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    or
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