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International Polar Year Film Festival
September 28, 2009 until September 30, 2009

Canada is a polar nation.  Nearly 25% of the Arctic falls withinCanada’s boundaries, over half of our coastline – a full 140,000 km –is in the Arctic and 40% of our landmass is above the treeline, makingCanada a natural leader and partner for an international initiativelike International Polar Year (IPY). 

International Polar Year is the event of a scientific lifetime.  Sinceits origins in the 1880s, IPY has brought together the nations of theworld four times to undertake intense studies of the polar regions. IPY is an opportunity for countries and researchers to collaborate andachieve together what no single country can do on its own.  It is atime to advance our knowledge of the polar regions and move ahead themarkers on critical scientific issues facing the globe. 

The heart of IPY in Canada is an interdisciplinary science and researchprogram focussed on two issues of critical importance to the North,namely, climate change impacts and adaptation, and the health andwell-being of Northern peoples.  The Government of Canada is supporting52 major research projects examining all components of the ecosystemfrom oceans to atmosphere, to snow, permafrost and sea ice, tovegetation and wildlife, to the people and communities who call theCanadian Arctic home.  

Despite its name, International Polar Year isn’t a “year” at all. While the official 24-month observation period that began in March 2007marked a time of internationally coordinated research in the polarregions that was unprecedented in its intensity, Canada’s scienceprogram continues apace with over two-thirds of IPY research projectsin the field again in 2009 and still others continuing on in 2010.  Intotal, more than 1750 researchers, 500 Northerners and 950 students andnew researchers have been involved in Canadian IPY science over thepast three years.  To support this elevated level of research activity,northern research stations (some built during the last IPY in1957-1958) were given much needed facelifts.  Facilities andlaboratories have been upgraded, new scientific and communicationsequipment purchased, including health and safety equipment to bettersupport local search and rescue teams. 

IPY has also been an opportunity to increase awareness about theCanadian Arctic, polar science and northern issues generally. Communications and outreach projects have taken place across thecountry.  Canada has supported a number of projects, including museumexhibits, a time capsule, an IMAX movie, IPY Arctic Radio, the PolarPerspectives speaker series, as well as several film projects which arefeatured as part of this IPY Film Festival. 

IPY 2007 – 2008 marks a new era of polar research with more advancedknowledge of the Arctic, improved northern research facilities tosupport researchers, a new spirit of international cooperation and anew generation of Arctic researchers inspired to carry on the legacy.



  •  100 min
Monday, September 28, 2009, 6:30 pm, Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.
  •  80 min
Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 7:00 pm, Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.
  •  85 min
Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 9:00 pm, Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.
  •  100 min
Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 7:00 pm, Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.
  •  65 min
Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 9:00 pm, Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.