Welcome to CHARS

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    Jennifer Hubbard: Hi, I'm Jennifer Hubbard. I'm the President and CEO at the Canadian High Arctic Research Station here in the beautiful community of Cambridge Bay, NU.

    Jeannie Ehaloak: Much of the work we do at the station and the research we support addresses concerns northern communities have identified. Community perspectives, expertise and participation are stitched into the fabric of our work.

    David Hik: Our science and technology program has three primary goals. The first is focused on biodiversity and the effects of climate change on Arctic environments. Our second primary goal is something we call one health. We're really looking at wildlife that are harvested by communities in the north, species like caribou and muskox, seals, whales, and char. The third goal of our science and technology program is focused on clean technologies, so both renewable energies and cold climate innovation. The work we do at CHARS, is only possible because we have partnerships and collaborations with many, many other researchers, with people in the north, with communities and Indigenous organizations.

    Jeannie Ehaloak: Great things happen when scientists and Indigenous communities come together to solve a problem.

    Aaron Pederson: I find it rewarding with collaborate with researchers and, you know, take them on the land that I've grown up on. Share traditional science with them. So stuff that's been passed on orally for hundreds of years from my parents and my grandparents. The world is changing and we need to find out why.

    Jeannie Ehaloak: Collaborating and sharing knowledge in the spirit of mutual respect. It's a powerful combination and it's how we operate.

    David Hik: We're all trying to solve the same problems. We're all interested in the same questions, and a place like CHARS brings people together. That's the value of a research station.

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