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Rapid ice melts caused by climate change have increased the commercial feasibility of sailing trans-Arctic routes much earlier than expected

The report suggest » Aggressive actions should be taken to strengthen the Arctic environmental protect.

Michael Allen, writing in Hakai Magazine »

As the climate warms and sea ice melts, trans-Arctic shipping routes are becoming easier to navigate, a prospect that is enticing to freight companies. These routes can cut up to 9,000 kilometers off a one-way trip between East Asia and Europe compared with shipping through the Suez or Panama Canals—shortcuts that clip roughly 40 percent off the voyage. »

The Vatican announces Pope Francis will visit Iqaluit this summer [Updated]

Pope Francis’ trip to Canada will include visits to Edmonton and Quebec City, and will run from July 24 to 30,

Nunatsiaq News »

A papal trip to Iqaluit has been heavily rumoured for weeks, after a delegation of Indigenous leaders made a trek to the Vatican in late March to seek an apology for the Catholic Church’s role in abuse that occurred in Canada’s residential school system.

The Pope made that apology on April 1.

Reuters »

The stated aim of the schools, which operated between 1831 and 1996, was to assimilate indigenous children. Over that period about 150,000 children were taken from their homes and many were subjected to abuse, rape and malnutrition in what the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015 called “cultural genocide.”

Christian denominations, predominantly the Catholic Church, ran the schools on behalf of the government.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said an in-person apology was “important – and necessary,” adding that the pope’s trip would not be possible “without the bravery and determination of the survivors, indigenous leaders, and youth who shared their stories.”

Elsewhere » National Observer / Global News

Post updated to include Reuters info.

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