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Imagine living in a place where there is no sunlight for up to six months a year and where wind chill temperatures can drop as low as -50 degrees Celsius. Remarkably, Indigenous peoples in the Arctic know how to handle such extreme conditions. In these icy expanses, sparsely populated communities share the land with fascinating animal species such as polar bears, narwhals, reindeer, walruses and lynx.
The northernmost region of the planet is also extremely sensitive to climate change. For scientists, it is the first indicator of future climate change, since phenomena observed in the Arctic will occur later in temperate regions.
As Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the U.S. Consulate in Winnipeg presents two photographic exhibitions Northern Stars: 150 Years of U.S. – Canada Relations, and Eyes on the Arctic: U.S – Canadian Cooperation in the North.
Along with sharing the world’s longest border, the United States and Canada share a rich and complex history. These bilingual, multimedia displays showcase the lives of Arctic Indigenous peoples and the U.S.-Canada cooperation on Arctic issues including research, wildlife and the environment. The exhibits also highlight intriguing stories involving the two countries and emphasize the important cultural and institutional connections we share.
The Eyes on the Arctic exhibition highlights U.S./Canada relations in the Arctic. Telling both historical and modern stories of the Indigenous groups from the area, the photographs reveal their adaptability and means of sustenance, giving visitors diverse information with which to understand and appreciate the significance of the region within a global context. Eyes on the Arctic focuses on the Americans and Canadians who live within the northernmost reaches of the planet, and underscores the accomplishments of the scientists, researchers, and individuals from both countries who have dedicated their lives to learn about and plan for the future of this polar region.
The Northern Stars photography exhibit is also dedicated to U.S. /Canada relations and is rooted in sound scholarship and composed of visual and textual documentation, including historical photographs. Northern Stars documents the range bilateral relations such as historic state visits, the establishment of the Waterton International Peace Park, the resolution of the Iranian hostage crisis, and partnership in our space programs. The exhibit also includes photographs taken during Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890s. It emphasizes the experiences and influences that established important cultural connections and institutional ties that links the trading partnership between our two countries.
Eyes on the Arctic (Highlights)
Northern Stars (Highlights)
Special thanks are owed to those who helped to make this exhibition: