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Neil Christopher is a Faculty Member, Education Programs, and is responsible for the delivery of Science / Media within the Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP) framework. Additionally, he sits on the Professional Standards Committee and is currently preparing for the delivery of a pan – Nunavut pilot course.

Somehow, he still manages to find time to pursue publishing ventures.

After three years of work, one of his projects, the Common Insects of Nunavut book is finally completed. This Inuktitut and English publication brings together science knowledge and Inuit traditional knowledge on many of the insects that can be found in Nunavut.  As well, hundreds of full-color photographs and black-line illustrations will help students indentify and learn about these important members of the Arctic ecosystem. The book is currently being distributed across Nunavut by the Department of Education.

The Common Insects of Nunavut book project was a large undertaking that was made possible by the cooperation of many departments and organizations in Nunavut, including Nunavut Arctic College, the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, the Department of Education, the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth, Nunavut Bilingual Education Society and Inhabit Media Inc. The Common Insects of Nunavut was researched and written by Carolyn Mallory, and managed by a team that included two Nunavut Teacher Education Program Faculty members.

We congratulate Neil on his efforts.

- Brian Manning is the Director of Education Programs at Nunavut Arctic College.

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Some updates on the Conference planning:

The Invitations Are Out
The review of the abstracts received for the IPY 2012 From Knowledge to Action Conference is completed and letters of acceptance have been sent out. In total 837 oral presentations have been accepted and 1222 posters.

A little reminder that the deadline for authors to confirm their acceptance and register is January 20, 2012. Note that this deadline cannot be extended due to Program requirements. If you have not done so already, please register today or contact the Conference Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Nunavut Arctic College Environmental Technology Program (ETP) instructors Michelle McEwan and Jason Carpenter will join 150 polar educators from around the world at the IPY 2012 From Knowledge to Action Conference and PolarEDUCATORS Workshop being held this April in Montreal.

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Join the York University Institute for Research in Innovation and Sustainability (IRIS) for their COP 17 Debrief. Learn more about last months' delegations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban South Africa with presenters and guest speakers Ewa Modlinska, Alex Todd, Ellie Perkins, Rachel Hirsch and April Dutheil. Join them on January 12, 2012 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Keele Campus (120E Stedman Lecture Halls) or on-line via http://connect.yorku.ca/cop17debrief

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Celebrate life and exploration at two ends of the Earth with images from the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Enter now!

You could win! All winning photos will be exhibited at the International Polar Year conference, From Knowledge to Action, from 22-27 April, 2012 in Montréal’s Palais des Congrès.

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IQALUIT, Nunavut (January 11, 2012) Nunavut furs set record-high prices at Fur Harvesters Auction Inc.’s January 7 sale. Polar bear, wolf, wolverine, arctic fox and ringed seal pelts from Nunavut were offered for sale alongside fur from elsewhere in Canada and North America.

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ReSDA: A Northern Research Network to look at ways to ensure that a larger share of the benefits of resource developments stay in the region with fewer costs to communities.

Beginning April 1, 2011 a new research network will bring together researchers from a broad range of disciplines and organizations representing communities, government, the private sector,and non-profit organizations to conduct and mobilize research aimed at the sustainable development of Arctic natural resources in a manner that will improve the health and well being of Canada's northern communities while preserving the region's unique environment.

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Organizers of the 18th Inuit Studies Conference, entitled "Arctic/Inuit/Connections: Learning from the Top of the World," announce a call for abstracts. The conference is organized by the Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian Institution, and will be held 24-28 October 2012 in Washington, D.C.

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