CHURCHILL, Canada, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Tuesday that Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, has been chosen as the home for Canada's High Arctic Research Station.
The western Nunavut community of Cambridge Bay, a hamlet on the Northwest Passage, has been chosen over Resolute Bay and Pond Inlet to the east. All three sites were listed in 2009 as possible locations.
"This will be a world class center for science," Harper, who is on a five-day annual tour of Canada's North, told reporters. "It will be a tangible expression of this government's determination to develop and protect all of our true North."
He said that by building this leading-edge research station, Canada is advancing its knowledge of the Arctic's resources and climate while at the same time ensuring that Northern communities are prosperous, vibrant and secure.
The Canadian High Arctic Research Station will be a world-class, year-round, multi-disciplinary facility exploring the Arctic science and technology issues.
It is also an integral part of Canada's four-part Northern Strategy: to assert and defend Canada's sovereignty, to protect the unique and fragile arctic ecosystem, to develop a strong Northern economy and to encourage good governance and greater local control and opportunity.
Harper was supposed to deliver the news Tuesday morning in the hamlet of 1,500 inhabitants, but heavy winds cancelled his flight. Instead, the prime minister made the announcement in Churchill, Manitoba.
Cambridge Bay is on the southeastern coast of Victoria Island. Pond Inlet is located near the northern tip of Baffin Island in eastern Nunavut, while Resolute Bay is in central Nunavut, on the southern coast of Cornwallis Island.