OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will be in Canada’s Arctic from August 30 to September 1, 2018, where she will visit the Hamlet of Pangnirtung, in Nunavut, before boarding the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen, in Qikiqtarjuaq, for a 36-hour scientific program to explore the Arctic Ocean. This will be the first visit by a governor general to the community of Qikiqtarjuaq.
Canada’s Arctic and northern communities are facing complex environmental, health and social challenges. The Governor General’s visit will underscore the importance of scientific study and data collection in understanding Arctic issues and trends. These activities allow for evidence-based decision-making and the development of practical solutions. This visit will also highlight collaboration by recognizing the knowledge of Inuit and northerners who are at the forefront of the changes taking place in the Arctic.
In Pangnirtung, located on Baffin Island, the Governor General will meet with the mayor and councillors. On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Amundsen Science program, the Governor General, accompanied by Dr. Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, and the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, will join the vessel’s crew on the final leg of its latest expedition to exchange with scientists and to witness first-hand marine-based research conducted in the vicinity of Qikiqtarjuaq.