Arctic BIOSCAN celebrates Nunavut’s biodiversity for ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᖓ (Nunavut Day)

Image of 2 black-line arctic springtails for colouring

From a narwhal to a timber wolf, the Arctic BIOSCAN media team has released a collection of illustrated colouring pages including species-specific DNA barcodes to commemorate Nunavut Day 2020.

ARCBIO’s Media Team is inviting children, adults, and nature enthusiasts everywhere to submit their completed colouring pages by sharing them on Twitter and tagging @iBOLConsortium with the hashtag #ARCBIO for a chance to be featured on iBOL’s social media and to win special biodiversity-themed prizes. You can also share your artwork by direct messaging our Facebook page with photos of your colouring pages attached, or by emailing

Nunavut Day, established in 2000, has been observed annually on July 9 as a day to commemorate the passing of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act and the Nunavut Act in 1993. Today, Nunavut Day is a public holiday recognized with cultural activities and events including community meals, traditional dancing, foods, and games. Policy announcements by the Government of Nunavut or related bodies and speeches by local leaders are also part of the festivities.

When ARCBIO launched officially in early 2019, researchers from the University of Guelph planned to travel to Nunavut each summer to work with communities in Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk, tracking insects, plants, and aquatic invertebrates to collect valuable biodiversity information to build a foundation for future community-based biomonitoring. Last summer, the ARCBIO team included members from the University of Guelph, local science rangers, and staff at the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) campus. With the advent of COVID-19, the 2020 field season has been postponed, but ARCBIO continues with analysis of specimens and data collected during the 2019 field season, and the 2018 pilot season. ARCBIO looks forward to returning to Nunavut soon to continue working with the community to better understand, and ultimately protect Arctic environments.

ARCBIO is a flagship project for the International Barcode of Life Consortium’s BIOSCAN global research program. ARCBIO is funded by Polar Knowledge Canada, the federal organization responsible for advancing Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic, as well as strengthening Canadian leadership in polar science and technology.

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