Government of Canada
Symbol of the Government of Canada

Common menu bar links

International Polar Day

March 18, 2009: “Oceans and Marine Life”

“Oceans and Marine Life Polar Day” is a Canadian International Polar Year (IPY) webcast event, held at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. The webcast includes presentations about marine mammal research including satellite tagging of beluga whales, and a live link to researchers studying air-surface chemical interactions at their research camp on the Beaufort Sea. This event is one of several IPY education and outreach activities focusing on ocean science in the polar regions taking place around the world in March.

Representatives from the Ottawa Inuit Community, Students on Ice and the Circumpolar Young Leaders Program, as well as members of Northern Aboriginal organizations, Ottawa universities and high schools participated in the live event.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Wendy Watson Wright, Assistant Deputy Minister, Science Sector, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, introduces the event and speakers (0- 6:40 min).
  • Presentation of traditional song and dance from members of the Inuit Youth Program of Ottawa (6:41 – 19: 13 min).
  • Dr. Louis Fortier, Scientific Director of ArcticNet, speaking on Arctic marine climate change and disappearing sea ice and presenting ArcticNet 2007 Amundsen expedition video. (19:14 – 39:43 min).
  • Dr. Mike Hammill, Researcher and Section Lead, Marine Mammals Biology Conservation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Caroline Weetaluk, Community Researcher, from Kuujjuarapik, Quebec presenting their research on beluga whale tracking which integrates traditional knowledge and western science (39:44– 1: 01:19 min).
  • Samantha Darling from Students on Ice introduces their 2008 Arctic Expedition video (1:01:20 – 1:14:47 min).
  • Connected via satellite link from their research camp on the Beaufort Sea, Dr. Jan Bottenheim, a Research Scientist from Environment Canada and his team discuss the Ocean Atmosphere Sea Ice Snowpack (OSAIS) Canada project and explain how mercury and other pollutants from the air find their way into the snowpack and oceans (1:14:48 – 1: 28:11 min).


Archived Webcast - March 18, 2009

September 24, 2008: “People at the Poles”

On September 24, 2008, Canada hosted the International Polar Day “People at the Poles” webcast event, from the theatre of the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. The webcast includes presentations on the Inuit Health Survey, Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study, Inuit Sea Ice Use and Occupancy, and Students on Ice. This public event webcast acted as a forum for International Polar Year (IPY) researchers to discuss their people-related research in the North.

Invitees included representatives from the Ottawa Inuit community, Students on Ice, the Circumpolar Young Leaders Program, members of Northern Aboriginal organizations, and students from the Ottawa and Gatineau area.

Speakers include:

  • Patrick Borbey, Assistant Deputy Minister, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, gives introductory remarks (0:00– 5:37 min).
  • Pitseolalaq Moss-Davies, Research Coordinator, Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada, highlights the traditional knowledge component of the Circumpolar Flaw Lead Systems Study and Inuit Health Survey (5:50– 22:02 min).
  • Crystal Lennie and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory,members of the Inuit Health Survey Steering Committee for the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (NWT), present findings of the Inuit Health Survey (22:20 – 38:22 min).
  • Dr. Claudio Aporta, Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology,  Carleton University, discusses his research on Inuit sea ice use, occupancy, change and impacts (38:47 – 48:40 min).
  • Dr. Patricia Sutherland, Archaeologist, Canadian Museum of Civilization, presents her research on Inuit history. She dispels myths about Inuit history and explains how climatic change has impacted it (48:48 – 57: 27 min).
  • Geoff Green, Founder and Executive Director of Students on Ice Expeditions shares his experiences working with students and researchers in the Canadian Arctic and Antarctic (1:11:00 – 1:33:44 min).
  • Adamina Partridge & James Kuptana, Schools on Board, discuss their experiences with Schools on Board, an education outreach program run by ArcticNet, which provides opportunities for students and teachers to participate in Arctic research activities onboard the CCGS Amundsen (1:33:45 – 1: 45:19 min).


Archived Webcast - September 24, 2008