Canada’s Changing Arctic: Walking on Thin Ice

The Arctic is one of Canada’s iconic landscapes and has served as the backdrop for key events that have shaped Canada’s history, including the search for the fabled Northwest Passage and the ill-fated Franklin expedition, even lending one of its place names to Canada’s original megacorporation, The Hudson Bay’s Company. Crucially for Canadians today, the Arctic is once again at the center of many issues that will shape the future of our nation, including climate change, sovereignty and natural resource exploitation, among others. Therefore, the time is right to have a dialogue over these issues, particularly as the expertise required to address current Arctic issues spans a wide range of academic disciplines that traditionally may not work together or even exchange ideas.

A multidisciplinary group of departments at the University of Toronto Mississauga, led by the Department of Geography, are hosting an event aimed at exploring many of the pressing issues relating to Canada’s Arctic. The event will begin with an evening lecture followed by a one-day symposium. The organizers hope to promote this event to faculty, staff, students and alumni at UTM, other branches of U of T and community members in Mississauga and the GTHA.

Public Lecture
7:00-8:30 PM, September 21

 IB120, University of Toronto Mississauga

10:00 AM:00-6:00 PM, September 22
, University of Toronto Mississauga

Public lecture:

Prof. Robert Park, University of Waterloo, Dept. of Anthropology. Prof. Park played a key role in the discovery of the Franklin expedition shipwreck, HMS Erebus.


  1. Dr. Ian Stirling, Canadian Wildlife Service and University of Alberta, expert in polar bear ecology and conservation

  2. Prof. Shelagh Grant, Trent University, expert in Arctic Sovereignty

  3. Shylah Elliot, Nunavut Tuungavik Inc., health policy analyst & founding member of Nunavut Food Security Coalition

  4. Additional speakers to be confirmed

Price: free

Contact: Stephanie Varty ( or Igor Lehnherr (

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Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:00pm - Friday, September 22, 2017 - 6:00pm
IB 120 | IB 150