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18:08 | May 18 | 2012

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Various aspects of the Yakutia – Canada cooperation.

Development of political and economic relations with Canada is one of the important strands of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) international cooperation. Northern territories with similar climate and weather conditions have a lot in common – from environmental issues to cooperation in culture and education.

Trade and economic cooperation

Bilateral trade
The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) trade with Canada reached 2444.5 thousand US dollars.
Imports account for most of the trade turnover. Imports from Canada include furs, electrical equipment, industrial goods, textile, crude oil and oil refinery products, articles made from ferrous metals, various finished goods.

Cooperation between the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and Canada in the area of construction began in 1992 with the Ferguson Simek Clark Company’s proposals on implementation of advanced technological solutions for construction under conditions of the North. During the period from 1993 to 1996 the Higher Musical School and an international airport were built in the Republic, both projects enjoying participation of Ferguson Simek Clark. «Dungeon international» took part in construction of the natural sciences building of the Yakutsk State University (1997). In 1998 150 Canadian prefab homes were built in a Yakutsk suburb under a turnkey construction project financed by a Canadian loan.
“TP Honco” Design Bureau participates in an ongoing project for construction of a 3000 seat indoor football arena in Yakutsk.

Road construction
Since 2005 the State Enterprise “Directorate for Maintenance of Automobile Roads in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)” in cooperation with Canadian experts has been assessing potential benefits from introduction of the “warm asphalt” technology of road surfacing.

Mining industry
In 2007 contacts were established with a Canadian company Silver Bear Resources, which subsequently made investments in implementation of ZAO Prognoz’s geological reconnaissance and prospecting program. Today ZAO Prognoz holds a prospecting license in respect of a promising area for gold and silver.

Scientific and R&D cooperation

Canadian bison resettlement project
The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) closely cooperates with the International Committee for Wood Bison Recovery. In 2006 the Elk Island National Park (administered by Parks Canada) organized the first transfer of 30 Canadian wood bison to Yakutia within the framework of a Memorandum on Mutual Understanding.
On March 23, 2011 a second group of 30 wood bison was transferred to Yakutia from the city of Edmonton.
The next transfer of 30 wood bison is expected to take place on or around the Canadian Elk Island National Park’s 100th anniversary to be celebrated in 2013.

Cooperation in medicine
The M. K. Ammosov North-East Federal University’s Medical Institute cooperates with the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Telemedical Center and the Peel Corporation (Canada). This cooperation resulted in a Memorandum on Alcohol Addiction Problems among Indigenous Peoples of the North signed in 2009.

Cooperation in education and culture
A Sakha-Canadian school, which in 2006 was granted the status of a UNESCO Associated School, has been operating at the premises of the Yakutsk Secondary School No. 7 since 2000.
On September 2, 2009 the world premiere of "By the Will of Genghis Khan” film took place at the 2009 Montreal International Film Festival.
On January 14 – 17, 2010 Fyodor Markov and Vladimir Ignatyev from Yakutia took part in an International Festival of Ice Sculptures in the city of Edmonton (Canada). Their work “Welcome to Life” was highly evaluated by the jury.
In October 2011 Days of Culture of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) featuring participation of many cultural figures from Yakutia took place in Toronto.