Congratulations Shelagh D. Grant – 2011 Lionel Gelber Winner!!!

Polar-Imperative by Shelagh Grant Congratulations to my mother-in-law, Shelagh Grant, for winning the 2011 Lionel Gelber Award for her book on the Arctic!!! Not only is she the first Canadian women to receive the prize, she is also Canada’s leading authority on Arctic history

Her publisher writes ‘Polar Imperative is a thought-provoking challenge to all readers to consider what is needed to adapt existing sovereign rights to current realities while protecting the fragile Arctic environment from irreparable damage’. Her book ‘Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America is an overview of the attempts by many countries to claim sovereign rights over the polar regions of North America. Which leads us to ask the question…Does Canada Own It’s  Arctic???

I can’t tell you how proud David (her son) and I are of her. Shelagh…you put in some serious hours, travelled far and researched extensively… and it was worth it! If you wish to understand the past and the future of our Arctic I urge you to read her book Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America published by Douglas & McIntyre.

Please visit for more information on Polar Imperative and her other published books and articles!!

Congratulations again!!! We are  sooooo proud of you!!