NRC Arctic Program News
The National Research Council of Canada’s Arctic Program, with their partners from governments, Indigenous and northern communities, industry and academia, seeks to address opportunities and challenges to support sustainable and low-impact development of the North, while increasing the quality of life for Northerners. “A report was published sharing information about progress and accomplishments in four (4) research areas: northern transportation, marine safety, resource development and community infrastructure. The report is available in the “Documents’ tab.”
National Research Council
Radio Ads to Marine Navigation 2020
In 2020, the Canadian Coast Guard published its annual Radio Aids to Marine Navigation report.
Nunavut Cruise Itinerary
In 2019, 14 vessels have planned cruise itineraries which include waters of the Nunavut Settlement Area. The Government of Nunavut – Department of Economic Development and Transportation has released the 2019 forecasted itineraries for Arctic cruise ships.
The Government of Nunavut
HBC Roundtable 2019 summary
Over 200 people from communities and organizations across east Hudson and James Bays registered for the EHBJB Regional Roundtable, held in Timmins, ON in January of 2019. The meeting was a huge success providing an opportunity for communities from across the region to share their knowledge and priorities related to the themes outlined below, and determine next steps for the Consortium.
The Hudson Bay Consortium
Temporal and Spatial Patterns of Ship Traffic in the Canadian Arctic from 1990 to 2015
A report on shipping trends in the Canadian Arctic, titled ‘Temporal and Spatial Patterns of Ship Traffic in the Canadian Arctic from 1990 to 2015” was published in March 2018.
Arctic Institute of North America
Nilliajut 2: Inuit Perspectives on the Northwest Passage Shipping and Marine Issues
On February 2, 2018 Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami released the “Nilliajut 2: Inuit Perspectives on the Northwest Passage Shipping and Marine Issues” report. Through the efforts of this project, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami has facilitated the addition of Inuit voices to the dialogue surrounding the Northwest Passage. To access the report, please visit here
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Radio Aids to Marine Navigation
In 2018, the Canadian Coast Guard published its annual Radio Aids to Marine Navigation report.
Canadian Coast Guard
Arctic Cargo: A History of Marine Transportation in Canada’s North
Arctic Cargo: A History of Marine Transportation in Canada’s North” has recently been released by author Christopher Wright. “Marine activity in the north is poorly documented, Arctic Cargo rectifies this omission and offers an indispensable guide to the ships that were used, how they were employed, cargoes carried, and the routes taken”. Sure to be of interest for fans of history and those with an interest in Arctic and marine issues
Author, Christopher Wright
Guidelines for Passenger Vessels Operating in the Canadian Arctic
Transport Canada led a working group of northern organizations and industry stakeholders in developing “Guidelines for Passenger Vessels Operating in the Canadian Arctic”. These guidelines are intended to assist vessel operators and designated vessel representatives in achieving successful voyages and promoting good relations with all residents in the Canadian Arctic. Additional Nunavut marine resources are included at the end of the document.
Canadian Coast Guard
Hudson Strait Mariner’s Guide
On May 25, 2017 the World Wildlife Fund – Canada released its Hudson Strait Mariner’s Guide. The guide includes information and maps on areas that whales, seals, polar bears, and walrus are known to frequent during the summer and winter seasons, and is the first in a series of nautical maps around the Arctic that will be rolled out in the coming years as commercial shipping in the North, and Nunavut, grows.
World Wildlife Fund – Canada
Circumpolar Oil Spill Response Viability Anaysis – Technical Report
The Arctic Council published a report in 2017 to better understand the potential for difference oil spill response systems to operate in the Arctic marine environment.
Leading Systems for Oil Spill Response in Ports – Implications for Canada
In April, 2017 Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping released its Leading Systems for Oil Spill Response in Ports – Implications for Canada Report. This report examines the governance system and practices for oil spill response in leading ports of other countries to identify possible options for improvement of the regimes in Canadian ports.
Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping
Hudson Bay Summit Report
The inaugural Hudson Bay Summit was held in Montreal from February 27 to March 1, 2018 when representatives from indigenous organizations, governments, academia, and non-profit organizations came together to officially launch the Hudson Bay Consortium.
Hudson Bay Consortium
Baffin Bay Observing System
The Baffin Bay Observing System (BBOS) has been established by ten Canadian universities and ten international universities and research institutions. The BBOS will be informed by various technology providers and users, such as Inuit organizations and communities on both sides of Baffin Bay. The Baffin Bay Observing System (BBOS) will be an integrated bay-wide environmental observation system that will enable a sustained year round, near real-time observation of the atmosphere, ice, land, and ocean at the scale of an entire ocean basin.
Arctic Science Partnership
Radio Ads to Marine Navigation
In 2017, the Canadian Coast Guard published its annual Radio Ads to Marine Navigation report.
Canadian Coast Guard
Nunavut Marine Tourism Management Plan
On June 6, 2016, the Government of Nunavut released its Nunavut Marine Tourism Management Plan 2016-2019. The Management Plan outlines the Government’s approach to managing the Territory’s marine tourism subsector.
The Government of Nunavut
The Integrated Arctic Corridors Framework – Planning for responsible shipping in Canada’s Arctic waters
The Pew Charitable Trusts and Oceans North Canada recently published “The Integrated Arctic Corridors Framework – Planning for responsible shipping in Canada’s Arctic waters”. This report highlights a federal initiative to build shipping corridors through the Canadian Arctic and “proposes a comprehensive system of tiered shipping routes that will benefit Canada, the shipping industry, and northern communities”.
The Pew Charitable Trusts and Oceans North Canada
Canada Transportation Act Review
On February 25, 2016, the Minister of Transport tabled in Parliament the Canada Transportation Act (CTA) Review Report. The Review was launched in June, 2014, and concluded in December, 2015 and looked forward 20 to 30 years to identify priorities and potential actions in transportation that will support Canada’s long-term economic well-being. The Report embodies many months of analytical work, significant public consultations and includes a number of recommendations. Access the full report online from Transport Canada’s website.
Government of Canada
Nunavut Oil and Gas Summit Final Report
The final report from the 2015 Nunavut Oil and Gas Summit as prepared by facilitator Peter Croal is now available online in English, French, Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun. Held in January 2015, the 3 day summit brought together over 75 people representing industry, regulators, federal government, non-government organizations, Government of Nunavut and Nunavut communities, youth and institutions to address the question: “Is Nunavut ready for oil and gas development?” The report is intended to capture the key messages, outcomes and items requiring further investigation and discussion stemming from the Summit, and to inform on-going debate in various venues, as well as serve as a basis for future actions related to Nunavut’s preparedness for potential oil and gas development.
Nunavut Mining Symposium / Peter Croal