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Discovering the Erebus: Mysteries of the Franklin Voyage Revealed

22.01.2015
Discovering the Erebus: Mysteries of the Franklin Voyage Revealed

The 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition was the most ambitious search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition ever done. The Expedition had more partners and more sophisticated technology than ever. An unprecedented number of public and private organizations will came together to search for artifacts from the 1845 expedition. Thinning ice packs had open up sections of the sea for searching that was too thick to explore in the past. Last fall, Parks Canada announced that the Victoria Strait expedition believed they had found one of the two vessels of the Franklin Voyage. A few months later they announced that they had confirmed that the Erebus had in fact been positively identified as the vessel they had found.

On Febuary 3rd,CIGI Signature Lecture Series continues with a presentation on the Erebus discovery.The lecture will explore recent discoveries and artifacts, underwater archaeology and what comes next in piecing together the real story of the Franklin Expedition.Marc-André Bernier and Douglas Stenton will be the primary speakers for the event. These men played key roles in the Victoria Strait expedition and in many of those that search for the Franklin Expedition in the past. Marc-André Bernier is the Chief of the Parks Canada's Underwater Archaeology Service and has been since 2008. He has been a participant in many shipwreck expeditions including those looking for the Franklin Expedition. Douglas Stenton is the Director of Heritage for the Government of Nunavut Department of Culture and Heritage. Dr. Stenton has directed archaeological research and training in the Eastern Canadian Arctic (Nunavut) since 1980. His research has focused on settlement-subsistence systems of the late prehistoric (Thule) period and, most recently, on the investigation of archaeological sites associated with the 1845 Sir John Franklin Expedition.

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Rohinton Medhora, president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, will be the moderator for the event. The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank focused on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements.

The event will be held on February 3, 2015 from 7:00PM - 9:00PM at the CIGI Campus Auditorium, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The event is already sold out but will be broadcast live over the internet. Those wishing to watch the lecture can preregister at the CIGI website.

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