Prince Albert of Monaco visits Iqaluit

Prince Albert of Monaco was in Iqaluit Thursday afternoon enjoying Arctic hospitality after his foundation donated money to the Qikiqtani Inuit Association for environmental projects.

The royal visitor arrived in the early afternoon and before supper he was learning about the tundra near the edge of Frobisher Bay in Apex with elder Alicee Joamie.

"It's wonderful to meet this lady here and meet others who have such knowledge of fauna and flora and such great connections with nature," he said.

His foundation, which supports environmental conservation projects, and the Pew Environment Group's Oceans North Canada campaign have donated funds to the Qikiqtani Inuit Association for two projects. The amount of money donated was not disclosed.

A workshop will be done to learn how to better manage protected marine areas. The second project will combine traditional knowledge and archival records using modern technology.

"I think it's very important for any visitor and ask about how we live and where we live and how they could support Inuit in what we want to do in areas like Lancaster Sound," said Okalik Eegeesiak, president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.

The prince is scheduled to fly to Nunavik on Friday.

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