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Our Next Speaker

563rd Meeting

11 April 2023

Tamara Tarasoff

EFROM ELLESMERE TO THE EREBUS IN 25 YEARS: HOW THE NUNAVUT AGREEMENT CHANGED EVERYTHING

In 1991 and 1992, Tamara Tarasoff’s duties as an Exhibit Developer working on the Canadian Museum of Nature’s Arctic Gallery took her to a number of locations in the High Arctic, such as Polar Bear Pass on Bathurst Island, Axel Heiberg Island and the Ellesmere Island National Park Reserve. Twenty-five years later, Tamara became Parks Canada’s Project Manager for the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site. For three years she worked closely with the Inuit of Gjoa Haven to establish these storied shipwrecks as the first operational national historic site in Nunavut. Tamara will reflect on how the Nunavut Agreement impacted her work and will also give a behind-the-scenes look at planning the first commercial visit to the Erebus wreck site in September 2019.

Tamara Tarasoff hails from Regina, Saskatchewan, and has a B.A. (Hons.) in History from McGill University and a Master’s in Museum Studies from University of Toronto. In 1989 she joined the Canadian Museum of Nature as an Exhibit Developer and acquired a first taste of the Arctic. In 1995 she became Manager, Programs and Visitor Services at the Canada Agricultural Museum in Ottawa. She moved to Parks Canada in 2007 to work in new media and developing the first mobile apps for the agency. In 2015 Tamara returned to a northern theme when she was assigned to the Franklin Outreach Team, formed after discovery of the Erebus wreck in 2014. In 2017 Tamara was named Project Manager for the national historic site commemorating the Franklin ships and moved to Iqaluit. It was during the ensuing three years that Tamara worked with the Gjoa Haven Inuit. Tamara retired in 2020 and now lives in Ottawa but hopes to revisit the North next year.

This meeting will be the last of The Arctic Circle’s 2022-23 season and will be followed by the reception on April 27. It will be held at the Army Officers’ Mess, 149 Somerset St. W (between Elgin and Cartier streets), Ottawa. Parking is available in the Mess’s lot (Elgin Street side) and on the street. The meeting begins at 2000 hrs and the bar will be available from 1930 hrs. As always, guests are welcome.

And a reminder: April 5 is the booking deadline for the Reception on April 27 featuring Dr. Antoni G. Lewkowicz: Having a Meltdown: Long-Term Permafrost Change in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic.

A happy, healthy and safe summer to all!

Thomas Frisch
Secretary
613-725-2221; tfrisch@sympatico.ca



SPEAKERS PROGRAMME
2022-2023

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