As members of UArctic, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Yukon College will co-manage the funds. Memorial recently led the submission of the UArctic proposal to the federal government’s Arctic Policy Framework for re-engagement and support on a number of initiatives focusing on increased northern and indigenous capacity-building for relevant circumpolar education and research co-operation. 

“The changes taking place in the Arctic are not only opening up new opportunities, but are at the same time creating challenges, especially for the people who live there,” said Sheila Downer, strategic northern liaison with the Office of Public Engagement at MUN, and UArctic Vice-President Finance, Development and Engagement.

“These challenges can only be tackled by having access to current, strong and quality information. UArctic, through its member institutions, is rising to the challenges surrounding the need for research and can be impactful in assisting place-based solutions to issues affecting Arctic regions.”

An important aspect of federal re-engagement with UArctic is the strengthening of northern and indigenous mobility by supporting international opportunities for students and faculty of Canada’s northern regions. It will also support internships for graduates and young professionals with northern business and industry, helping to build Arctic capacity competence and future northern leaders.

“It is our hope to eventually see all the other Arctic countries be inspired by the long-term support agreements, as well as by Canada’s recent decision to re-establish support of UArctic’s leadership and programming for advancing international Arctic education and research co-operation,” Ms. Downer said.

[Revised from the original article by Nora Daly published on Gazette, Memorial's news site]