In December, David Barber was awarded the Northern Science Award. The Northern Science Award is presented annually to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to meritorious knowledge and understanding of the Canadian North and recognizes the transformation of knowledge into action.
David Barber, Distinguished Professor of Environment and Geography at the University of Manitoba, is one of the world’s foremost researchers in Arctic System Science. Over three decades of research, he has contributed new knowledge that is fundamental to Canada’s understanding of sea ice and climate change in the Arctic.
Dr. Barber is acutely aware of the power and value of Inuit knowledge, and over the course of his career has built and maintained strong relationships with Inuit knowledge holders. He integrates Indigenous perspectives into his research and has trained a generation of young scientists to respect the research needs and questions of Indigenous communities.
Through the Northern Science Award of $10,000 and Centenary Medal, Polar Knowledge Canada recognizes the outstanding merit of David Barber’s contributions to Canada.