In his opening speech to the International Polar Year Conference in Montreal, John Duncan, Canada's Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, spoke in support of the University of the Arctic as one of the important partners in the country's work in circumpolar cooperation.
Minister Duncan's speech referenced UArctic in the context of Canada's strong role in the Arctic
Council, and signalled that they would take strong leadership during their upcoming period of chairing the Council from 2013.
Duncan stated in his speech:
"We will continue our work with other partners too, including the International Maritime Organization, the Standing Committee of parliamentarians for the Arctic Region, the Northern Forum and the University of the Arctic. This spirit of partnership is also reflected in our work with countries like Russia, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland to advance shared interests in the areas of resource development, trade, transportation and scientific cooperation." [source
The University of the Arctic welcomes Minister Duncan's support, and looks forward to continuing to work with the Canadian government to improve higher education opportunities for northern Canadians.
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