The NSERC Permafrost Partnership Network for Canada (NSERC PermafrostNet) unites key scholars and stakeholders from government agencies, industry and Indigenous communities with the common goal of boosting Canada’s ability to adapt to permafrost thaw. The network aims to understand and predict permafrost thaw and its consequences, to connect scales from field sites to national-scale prediction and to prototype knowledge products and practices with stakeholders.

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The NSERC PermafrostNet Inaugural Annual General meeting was held in Ottawa, ON on the 6th and 7th of November 2019. It was a highly vibrant and successful event, featuring over 50 members of the network from across Canada, both in-person and attending remotely. There were participants from as far away as Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories; Whitehorse, Yukon; and Churchill, Manitoba; taking part in what we hope will prove to be a historic meeting of permafrost experts. The two-day event featured a day of presentations and discussions, including break-out sessions for each of the five research themes, and meetings of the Board of Directors, Scientific Committee and Knowledge Mobilization and Communications Committee. Most auspiciously, the Annual General Meeting aligned with International Inuit day.  International Inuit Day has been held annually since 2006 on November 7th, to coincide with the birth date of the late Eben Hopson, founder of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), a major international non-government organization representing approximately 180,000 Inuit of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Chukotka (Russia).

Photos: Ariane Castagner