Governor General urges Ottawa to establish university in Arctic

May 25, 2009

Governor General Michaelle Jean is calling on the federal government to establish a university in the Arctic so Inuit youth can get a degree close to home and benefit from the region's expected economic activity. Jean says the country's claim to sovereignty over the North will be nothing but an "empty shell" unless the area's residents participate in northern development. To overcome demographic challenges, there could be satellite campuses and the university could be open to students from Canada's south. Canadian Press