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The Accessible Arctic: Eighty Years of Arctic Photography from the pages of Canadian Geographic

Accessible Arctic

The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei is pleased to present The Accessible Arctic, the first ever photographic exhibition showcasing the Canadian Arctic to visit Taiwan.

The Accessible Arctic reveals life in Canada's northern regions through the lens of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and its award-winning magazine, Canadian Geographic. The thirty-six photos have been selected to represent the diversity of landscape, people and wildlife in Canada's Arctic regions.

The Canadian North occupies an area larger than Western Europe and is home to more than 111,000 people stretched across three territories – The Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. The human dimension of the Arctic is being highlighted at the exhibition through a series of short films called Unikkausivut, which showcase the life experiences of Canada's Inuit peoples.

As an Arctic nation Canada has been active in circumpolar affairs. This year, Canada will assume the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, which is the leading international body for cooperation in the Arctic region. Canada led the establishment of the Arctic Council in 1996, and remains committed to advancing circumpolar cooperation with the other 7 Member States and other partners.

The Accessible Arctic Exhibition runs from January 9 until February 6 and is open to the public in the G.L. Mackay room and reception area of the CTOT office. For location and visiting hours please see: Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT)

For media inquiries, please contact Sylvia.Yan@international.gc.ca


Photography Exhibit:

Founded in 1929, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2009. The Society's magazine, Canadian Geographic, has featured stories on the Arctic since its first volume in 1930. This abiding interest has brought readers fascinating accounts of a region that remains, for most, distant and remote.

The Canadian Museum of Nature, in Ottawa, Ontario, also has a long-standing interest in the Arctic. From the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913, which identified more than 100 new species, to exciting fossil discoveries in 2008, the Canadian Museum of Nature has played a lead role in northern research.

All of the photos in this exhibition appeared in issues of Canadian Geographic. The exhibition was assembled and curated by the Canadian Museum of Nature. Together, the two organizations have formed a dynamic partnership to showcase Canada's amazing natural history.

Canada and the Arctic Council:

The Arctic Council is a consensus-based, high level intergovernmental forum that works to promote the environmental, socio-economic aspects of sustainable development in the region. The Arctic Council Member States are Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden, and the United States of America. The Arctic Council also actively involves indigenous people who participate as Permanent Participants.

Canada is committed to protecting our environmental heritage in the Arctic. Canada is also making a significant investment in Arctic science and research. Canada continues to work domestically and in cooperation with Arctic states to address emerging issues in the Arctic such as public safety, pollution prevention, shipping and oil and gas development.

Canada also stresses the importance of the human dimension of the Arctic and actively engages indigenous people and the Arctic Territories. Numerous Canadian government departments contribute to the work of the Council given the broad policy spectrum of issues at play.

Canada's Arctic foreign policy statement can be found on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Canada's circumpolar website: Canada and the Circumpolar World


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