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Northern Tour displays connections between Canada and Greenland

Greenland and Canada’s North share more history and culture than most people think. The historic connection reaches far back to when the Inuit people migrated from Canada to Greenland. Ambassador Niels Boel Abrahamsen noticed the historical ties and shared cultural traits between the population in Nunavut and the Greenlandic people during a tour arranged by Global Affairs Canada in which he travelled more than 10,000 kilometres through the vast and magnificent Canadian Arctic.

“The trip through the Canadian Arctic is bound to be one of the highlights of my stay in Canada. I find the population in the North to be a resilient and inspiring group of people. The strategies of adaptation they apply are remarkable,” comments Ambassador Abrahamsen.

Ambassador of Denmark at the Northwest Passage in Resolute Bay where he spent a night in a beautiful frozen environment.

The Ambassador also met with representatives from the Kitikmeot heritage group who, in cooperation with researchers from Carleton University, are working on an interactive digital atlas which includes documents, photographs and artifacts from the 5th Thule expedition. The aim is to preserve the history of the Arctic and make the findings from the 5th Thule Expedition accessible to the public.

“I was positively surprised to experience that the locals in the northern parts of Canada are familiar with the Danish polar explorer Knud Rasmussen, which has been passed down to them through their oral history. It has been almost 100 years since he initiated the 5th Thule Expedition from Greenland through Canada to Alaska and yet it’s still possible to follow parts of his path today,” says Ambassador Abrahamsen.