In celebration of 75 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and Iceland, a collection of 28 books by Icelandic authors was donated to the Yellowknife Public Library. His Excellency Hlynur Guðjónsson, Ambassador of Iceland to Canada donated the collection, which includes fiction, crime novels, children’s books, and non-fiction/academia.
Hosted by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and City of Yellowknife, the announcement of the donation took place at the Yellowknife Public Library, where Ambassador Hlynur Guðjónsson read from one of the books to those in attendance. Both the Northwest Territories (NWT) and Iceland value the art of storytelling and understand the important role it plays in preserving and sharing culture, history and language.
As circumpolar jurisdictions the NWT and Iceland have a lot in common. They share similar priorities, which include addressing climate change, maintaining strategic infrastructure, sustaining a local economy, and sustaining economies in landmasses that face challenges due to their remote locations and communities.
Both jurisdictions have been pioneers of innovation in social policy, northern infrastructure and responsible development that balances the needs of people, environment, and economic potential.
Iceland and the NWT strongly believe that Arctic cooperation and relationship building is critical for global diplomacy.