In a historic move, the federal government has granted $91.6 million to a pioneering Arctic shipping research led by the Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada and Memorial University. This substantial funding is aimed at establishing Canada and Inuit as frontrunners in sustainable Arctic shipping practices. The "Qanittaq Clean Arctic Shipping Initiative" will be the cornerstone of this venture. Its mission is to collaboratively address the rising Arctic shipping and its environmental implications, while ensuring safe and economical resupply for Inuit communities.
This monumental initiative seeks to:
- Understand and prioritize Inuit shipping needs.
- Enhance the safety of ships in the Arctic and safeguard its environment.
- Develop tools to elevate the cost-efficiency, sustainability, and overall performance of the Arctic fleet.
- Provide essential insights to influence national and international shipping policies in the Arctic.
The project, deeply rooted in Inuit social values and knowledge, champions collaborative solutions for the challenges the Arctic faces. It will combine the expertise of Inuit communities, academia, government, and industry from both national and international spheres. Key academic participants include the University of Ottawa, Dalhousie University, Université de Montréal, and the University of British Columbia, alongside Memorial.
Inuit stakeholders such as the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Nunatsiavut Government, and others play a crucial role, with contributions also coming from significant public, private, and regulatory sectors. The project's governance will be comprehensive, inclusive of representation from all partners.
Housed at Memorial University's St. John’s Campus and the Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada in Ottawa, this initiative is a testament to Canada's commitment to advancing Arctic research and preserving its environment.
Intuit Circumpolar Council Canada