The W. Garfield Weston Foundation was first established in the 1950s by Willard Garfield Weston and his wife Reta, with a donation of shares from the family company, George Weston Limited. The launch of the International Polar Year in 2007 was a response to a widespread concern about the decline of research in the North. It was at this time that the Foundation entered into a dialogue about Canada’s North. In response to this growing concern, the Foundation has adopted a goal of advancing northern science and research in Canada’s North as part of its mandate.
Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) is responsible for advancing Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic, strengthening Canadian leadership in polar science and technology, and promoting the development and distribution of knowledge of other circumpolar regions, including Antarctica. POLAR will operate the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) campus and conduct world-class cutting edge Arctic research out of this extraordinary facility.
Arctic Co-operatives Limited is a service federation that is owned and controlled by 32 community-based Co-operative businesses that are located in Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon. Arctic Co-operatives Limited enables these Co-ops to provide a wide range of services to their local Member-Owners that improve social and economic well-being in their communities. The federation was incorporated in 1972 to coordinate the resources, consolidate the purchasing power and provide operational and technical support to independent community based Co-ops in the Arctic.
The Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board (BQCMB) is made up of hunters, biologists and wildlife managers from Northern Canada who help manage two caribou herds that migrate across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. The conservation efforts of the BQCMB are vital for the welfare of Dene, Inuit, Métis, Cree and other caribou-range residents who have always hunted caribou, and for others who cherish the vast caribou herds.
In 1961, the federal government established the Northern Scientific Training Grants Program to encourage Canadian universities to train northern specialists to meet national needs. Now called the Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP), the program provides supplementary funding to over 350 students annually at over 35 universities across Canada. The program is administered by POLAR as part of its mandate to foster science and technology in Canada’s North.
ECCC informs Canadians about protecting and conserving our natural heritage, and ensuring a clean, safe and sustainable environment for present and future generations. The Meteorological Service maintains a Canada-wide observation network that monitors changes in weather, climate, water, ice and air. This network generates the data that are the foundation of weather and environmental prediction, and includes contributing data from organizations such as NAV CANADA, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Coast Guard.