Canada’s Northern Strategy: Our North, Our Heritage, Our Future (2009)

By Polar Research and Policy Initiative

In 2009, the Government of Canada presented Canada’s Northern Strategy: Our North, Our Future, Our Heritage.

In this strategy, published under the authority of the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, the Government of Canada sets out a clear action plan for Canada’s North. The Government emphasised that Canada’s North is at the very heart of Canadian identity, and that Canada’s future too is intimately tied to the future of the North: “Canada’s North is a fundamental part of Canada – it is part of our heritage, our future and our identity as a country”. The Government also recognised its responsibility to preserve and protect Canada’s rich Northern heritage in the face of new challenges and opportunities, and stated that it was working in partnership with Northerners and demonstrating its commitment to the North both in Canada and overseas.

To meet the challenges and opportunities of a changing North, the Government established a comprehensive Northern Strategy and is taking concrete action in four priority areas:

  • Exercising our Arctic sovereignty
  • Protecting our environmental heritage
  • Promoting social and economic development
  • Improving and devolving Northern governance

World-leading Arctic science and technology underpin the Northern Strategy and help ensure sound decision-making. The Government is committed to helping the North realize its true potential as a healthy, prosperous and secure region within a strong and sovereign Canada.

Read Canada’s Northern Strategy.

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