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Contained within the Atlas of Canada's Reference Map Series, 1961 to 2010, is a revised bilingual map which was produced as a special product for the International Polar Year. It was produced from the Atlas of Canada Reference Map, MCR0001, North Circumpolar Region (2008). Its round shape shows detail from north of 55 degrees latitude..

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The Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health (CSCH) is a charitable organization dedicated to promoting research, exchanging knowledge and fostering greater awareness and responsiveness to the health issues of circumpolar people. The CSCH also promotes and supports efforts of all circumpolar peoples in the attainment of better health.


The Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health was established in 1984, and became a charter member of the International Union for Circumpolar Health (IUCH) in 1986. Other members of the IUCH include the American Society for Circumpolar Health; the Nordic Society for Arctic Medicine; the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences; and the Danish/Greenlandic Society for Circumpolar Health.


The CSCH is actively involved with the planning and organizing of the International Congress for Circumpolar Health held every three years.




A circumpolar world where individuals, communities and people are empowered through knowledge to achieve better health.




Through partnership and networking, the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health will promote research, exchange knowledge and foster greater awareness and response to the health issues of circumpolar people.




  • Respect for circumpolar populations, traditional knowledge and the environment Integrity in our actions.


  • Responsibility and accountability to our members and to circumpolar populations Inclusiveness and openness in conducting our work.


  • Relationship with the community, health care providers and health policy research.


Strategic Directives


  • Facilitate partnerships and networking in circumpolar health at the local, national and international levels.


  • Establish principles and a model for community-based research specific to circumpolar health.


  • Promote circumpolar health research and share health research priorities.


  • Enhance the exchange of circumpolar health knowledge among individuals, communities and people.


  • Foster a greater interest and awareness of the health issues of circumpolar people.

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