‘The Accessible Arctic’
The Canadian Embassy presented a photo exhibition titled “The Accessible Arctic” at the Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery on July 1. Narrating an 80 year history of the Arctic, the exhibition includes 36 photos showing the geographically distinctive life of locals and animals. The photos are from the collection of a Canadian geography magazine.
The Arctic has around 111,000 residents and is divided into three areas: Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories. People living in those three areas are distinguished by tribe. The Inuit tribe is believed to have stemmed from Mongolia. They believe in shamanism and wear a traditional costume similar to the Mongolian deel.
The exhibition will continue until July 7.
The wealth of images of the Arctic that Canadian Geographic has accumulated since 1930 and the extensive work of both The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and The Canadian Museum of Nature in this region are clear reflections of how the North has always been at the very heart of Canadian identity.
The Accessible Arctic brings the beauty of the North closer to us as it speaks of its past, present and future. These quintessential images of nature and life in the arctic also remind us of the vast treasure that we hold in trust for future generations.
Canada’s Arctic makes up over 40 percent of our landmass and is home to more than 100,000 Canadians. Northerners, including indigenous peoples, who comprise 80 percent of the population in some regions, have brought a number of issues to the world’s attention:
- The dangers and challenges posed by climate change
- The need for sustainable economic development;
- The importance of sharing experiences and knowledge with our circumpolar neighbors and the world.
Canada’s Arctic foreign policy is a response to the challenges and opportunities presented by a changing Arctic. Our Northern Strategy provides a framework for action and affirms to the world the importance of the region for Canadians.
Canada has focused global efforts on the impact of climate change in the region. It has been a major player in the negotiation of important international environmental instruments that address critical issues such as pollution and the need to protect and preserve our unique Arctic environment.
Ensuring that economic and social development is sustainable and benefits Arctic inhabitants, particularly indigenous peoples, is a key objective for Canada. This, of course, is not only a domestic issue; in addition to working with territorial governments and Northerners, long standing international relationships with our Arctic neighbors are benefitting the region and its inhabitants and helping to build vibrant and sustainable communities.
Canada’s sovereignty over the lands and waters of the Canadian Arctic is long-standing, well-established and based on historic title. Canada exercises its sovereign rights responsibly in the region.
Real efforts have been made to ensure that decisions affecting Northerners are brought closer to the communities themselves. We recognize and value the important role that the leadership of indigenous groups and Northerners have played in shaping our international actions.
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