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The Arctic is one of Canada’s iconic landscapes and has served as the backdrop for key events that have shaped Canada’s history, including the search for the fabled Northwest Passage and the ill-fated Franklin expedition, even lending one of its place names to Canada’s original megacorporation, The Hudson Bay’s Company. Crucially for Canadians today, the Arctic is once again at the center of many issues that will shape the future of our nation, including climate change, sovereignty and natural resource exploitation, among others. Therefore, the time is right to have a dialogue over these issues, particularly as the expertise required to address current Arctic issues spans a wide range of academic disciplines that traditionally may not work together or even exchange ideas.
A multidisciplinary group of departments at the University of Toronto Mississauga, led by the Department of Geography, are hosting this event aimed at exploring many of the pressing issues relating to Canada’s Arctic as part of UTM’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. The event will begin with an evening public lecture (Sept. 21) on the discovery of the lost Franklin Expedition shipwrecks, followed by a one-day symposium featuring presentations by leading experts on a variety of issues affecting Canada’s Arctic, including polar bear conservation, Arctic sovereignty, and climate change impacts on Arctic ecosystems and people. The organizers hope to promote this event to faculty, staff, students and alumni at UTM, other branches of U of T and community members in Mississauga and the GTHA are invited to participate and attend this event marking UTM’s 50th anniversary.