Northern Garments Inc. (NGI) is proud to announce an official endorsement by the International Polar Year (IPY). To commemorate the event, NGI is producing a special limited edition SKOOKUMbrand® Yukon Anorak and directing a significant percentage of sales proceeds towards habitat protection in the north.
NGI is founded on principles of design integrity, quality workmanship, and sustainable & respectful resource use. Within these parameters it makes clothing and accessories from the north, for the north. SKOOKUMbrand® Yukon Anoraks are NGI’s line of outdoorwear named after a First Nation word meaning Powerful, Strong and Impressive. The highly innovative and award winning SKOOKUMbrand® Yukon Anorak is a meld of modern and traditional materials that has been built upon centuries-old Inuit design.
A joint committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has supervised preparations of the IPY. The main purpose of IPY is to complete important scientific research while fostering international cooperation regarding polar issues, and, increase the knowledge of their importance to the earth’s ecosystem, climate and hydrology. The three former International Polar Years were in 1882-1883, 1932-1933 and 1957-58. This is the first time IPY is being carried out against the backdrop of global climate change.
The 2007-08 International Polar Year will actually extend over two years (2007-09) to allow for scientific field seasons in both poles. There are over 10,000 scientists from 60 countries, and over 50,000 participants involved in IPY that together are spending the equivalent of 1.5 billion US dollars on polar research. The internationally coordinated scientific program focused on both the Arctic and Antarctic will initiate a new era in polar science that is sure to leave a positive legacy long into the future.
The special limited edition SKOOKUMbrand® Yukon Anorak will be produced in purposely limited quantities during 2007 & 2008. As a sign of appreciation, IPY participants will enjoy discounts and to “put their money where their mouth is”, NGI is directing 5% of the sales proceeds towards habitat protection in the north.