Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

September 01, 2010 12:30 ET

CanNor Helps Extend Research Season and Create Jobs on Herschel Island

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2010) - The scientific research season in the Qikiqtaruk Territorial Park on Herschel Island will be extended by several weeks, thanks to an investment by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency. 

The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), today announced an investment of $68,270 to renovate the Pacific Steam Whaling Company community house which was built in 1893 and is now used as an accommodation centre for scientists and park interpreters.

"Herschel Island has a long history as an Arctic research site, providing scientists with a unique location to study climate change, archaeology, and history. Our Government is proud to invest in this project because it will both extend the research season and help create local research assistant jobs," said Minister Duncan, who is also Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians.

"Upgrades to the building will create construction jobs for local Inuvialuit. In addition, the renovation will permit a new park ranger to be hired, which will allow more tourists to enjoy this incredible park," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister Responsible for the North and Minister of Health.

"The Yukon government values scientific research and has been the driving force behind a series of initiatives to increase our understanding of climate change," said Yukon's Environment Minister John Edzerza. "We are pleased to have worked with Minister Duncan's agency on this project and appreciate the benefit it will provide to our Park Ranger staff and scientists interested in long-term research while posted on the island."

Renovations to the Pacific Steam Whaling Company community house on Pauline Cove include improving the insulation throughout and repainting the exterior to protect it from further weathering. The upgrade will result in the ability to hire and house one additional seasonal ranger, as well as extend the fieldwork season for visiting scientists into early spring and late fall.

Qikiqtaruk Territorial Park was created in 1987 as a special conservation area as a result of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement to primarily conserve wildlife and habitat and provide for traditional aboriginal use. It is jointly managed by Yukon Parks and the Inuvialuit, by way of the Wildlife Management Advisory Council (North Slope).

The Government of Canada's investment is made through CanNor's Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan. The fund will provide $32.8 million across the North from 2009 through 2011.

CAF is part of a suite of economic development programs that fall under the mandate of CanNor in Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. CanNor is responsible for coordinating and delivering federal economic development activities in the territories, and for related policy development, research and advocacy.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable John Duncan
    Michelle Yao
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
    Bonnie Venton Ross
    Communications Advisor
    Government of Yukon
    Nancy Campbell
    Communications Officer