Dick Hanscom forwarded this CBC news article about Canada's new Polar Medal. Thanks. -Editor
The Canadian government is replacing the Governor General's Northern Medal, which recognized people who made contributions to
Northern identity and culture, with a new "Polar Medal" that will honour polar explorers and defenders of Canada's Northern
The Northern Medal was created in 2005 by former governor general Adrienne Clarkson and was awarded to "citizens whose actions and
achievements contributed to the evolution and constant reaffirmation of the Canadian North as part of our national identity,"
according to the Rideau Hall website.
Nine people have been awarded the Northern Medal, eight of whom have been residents of N.W.T., Nunavut or Nunavik
In a news release, Governor General David Johnston said the creation of the Polar Medal "emphasizes the importance that our country
places on strengthening our understanding of and connection to the North.
"Recognizing the outstanding contributions made by those working and living there, which is not without challenges and risks, will
make our Canadian Honours System more comprehensive and better able to celebrate the full breadth of Canadian achievement."
Where the Northern Medal's design depicted a snowy owl and the aurora borealis and the medal was set in a crystal base, the Polar
Medal will bear an image of the St. Roch, the RCMP ship that patrolled the Arctic in the early to mid-20th century, with a portrait of the
Queen on the other side.
To read the complete article, see:
GG's Northern Medal replaced
by new Polar Medal (www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/gg-s-northern-medal-replaced-by-new-polar-medal-1.3124454)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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