– Northern Strategy News

The Northern Strategy is a massive undertaking, with thousands of people and organizations working hard today on making it a reality.

The following is a brief synopsis of recent milestones accomplished.

A new Arctic Policy Framework

Mary Simon (left), Natan Obed (centre) and Carolyn Bennett (right) collaborate to develop a new Arctic Policy Framework

On December 20th 2016, after many of us had already shut down for the holidays, Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama jointly announced a ban on offshore oil and gas activity in the Arctic.

At the same time, though even less reported, Trudeau announced his intent to revise our Arctic policy, replacing the Harper Government’s “Northern Strategy” with a new “Arctic Policy Framework”.

The Framework is being developed by Special Advisor Mary Simon with the inputs of Indigineous leaders including Natan Obed and on behalf of the Federal Government.

The new Framework addresses several key Arctic challenges, including:

  • Education and languages,
  • Research and Indigenous knowledge,
  • Closing the infrastructure gap, including broadband,
  • Housing,
  • Energy,
  • Conservation, and
  • Partnership.

 

Read the original article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/how-to-make-arctic-waters-safer-for-ships-1.1281670

The Northern Strategy is a massive undertaking, with thousands of people and organizations working hard today on making it a reality.

The following is a brief synopsis of recent milestones accomplished. Link to the status summaries for full details.

 

Radarsat Constellation Mission

In development at MDA.  

Polar Class Icebreaker CCGS Diefenbaker

Delayed.

Nanisivik Naval Facility

On track for fall 2018  opening.

Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft

Contract awarded to Airbus.

Northern Marine Transportation System

In study.

Project Cornerstone data collection in support of Canada’s submission the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)

Data collection complete.

Geo-Mapping Exploration Mapping

Funding extended.

Oil Spill Response Treaty

In effect.

Baffinland Port

In operation.

Arctic Housing Initiative

Funded.

Polar Communications and Weather Satellite Mission

In Options Analysis.

ArcticNet

Funded to 2018.

Discovery of Franklin’s ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

Erebus discovered 2014, Terror discovered 2016. Exploration and site protection continue.

Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway

In construction.

Oceans Protection Plan

Announced and funded.

National Aeronautical Surveillance Program Unmanned Aerial System (NASP UAS)

Delayed two years due to regulatory questions.

New Iqaluit Airport Terminal

Scheduled to open August 18th.

Iqaluit Deep Water Port

In design.

Inuvik Satellite Station Facility

Fibre connection complete, regulatory issues remain.

Crystal Serenity NWP Cruises

Continuing in 2017.

Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS)

Beginning operation even as construction continues.

All Domain Situational Awareness (ADSA)

Winning study bids selected.

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