Canada and the Arctic region
The North is two-fifths of Canada’s land mass and two-thirds of its coastline, constituting an area of 3.5 million square kilometers. 111 700 Canadians live in Canada’s North. In 2009 the Government of Canada launched the Northern Strategy, followed by the Statement on Canada’s Arctic Foreign Policy in 2010 in order to respond to the opportunities and challenges for the Arctic region. Canada is taking action to advance its interests both domestically and internationally and to help unlock the North’s true potential: exercising sovereignty; promoting economic and social development; protecting our environmental heritage; and improving and devolving Northern governance. To read more, click Canada.