The University of Waikato is hosting a bi-lingual exhibition of photographs and covers from Canadian Geographic magazine depicting scenes from the Canadian Arctic.
Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving was launched on Friday 21 March at an afternoon tea function in the Student Centre. The launch was attended by High Commissioner of Canada Caroline Chrétien, Robert Joseph – Director of the Canadian-New Zealand Studies Unit, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Alister Jones, Dean of Te Piringa – Faculty of Law Professor Brad Morse and Associate Professor Ian Hogg from Biological Sciences, and guests.
Associate Professor Ian Hogg gave a presentation entitled Contrasting the Canadian Arctic with New Zealand’s Ross Dependency: A biologist’s perspective.
Ties with Canada
Professor Morse spoke about the University’s past and present visiting Canadian scholars, including Associate Professor Shaun Fluker from the University of Calgary and Associate Professor Kiera Ladner from the University of Manitoba who are currently here and will be presenting public lectures in the coming months, and have been sponsored by the Canadian New Zealand Studies Unit.
He thanked Her Excellency Madame Chrétien for her many years of support of the University and the CNZSU, for her role as patron of CNZSU and for her help toward financial assistance for hosting such events as lectures and the photo exhibition. In addition to this she helped secure $6000 worth of books for the University library.
Canadian leadership on international Arctic issues has come to the forefront with the country’s 2013-2015 chairmanship of the Arctic Council. To meet the challenges and opportunities of a changing North, Canada is taking concrete action in exercising Arctic sovereignty, protecting environmental heritage, promoting social and economic development and improving and devolving Northern governance.
In partnership with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the exhibition provides a glimpse into the lives of Northerners, and offers perspective on the environment and activities that help shape and influence this region.
The exhibition runs until 1 May on the 4th floor of the Student Centre.