Polar Medal (Canada)

Polar Medal
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Awarded by the
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monarch of Canada
StatusCurrently awarded
EstablishedGovernor General's Northern Medal: September 15, 2005
Polar Medal: June 23, 2015
First awardedGovernor General's Northern Medal: 2005
Polar Medal: July 8, 2015
Total awardedGovernor General's Northern Medal: 9
Next (higher)European Security and Defence Policy Service Medal[1]
Next (lower)Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers
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Ribbon of the Polar Medal

The Polar Medal (French: M├ędaille polaire) is a Canadian decoration intended to honour explorers of Canada's polar regions and defenders of the country's sovereignty in the north. The medal was initially conceived by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson as the Governor General's Northern Medal and created on September 15, 2005, to award those who serve with distinction in northern Canada. It was replaced on June 23, 2015, by the Polar Medal.[2]


Until 1967, Canadians were eligible for the Polar Medal (until 1904 known as the British Arctic Medal), as Canada had not yet promulgated its own system of honours and employed that of the United Kingdom.[3] On September 15, 2005, Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, created the Governor General's Northern Medal. That medal was incorporated into and replaced by the new Canadian Polar Medal On June 23, 2015, the 145th anniversary of the transfer to Canada of Rupert's Land and the North-Western Territory (today the Northwest Territories).[4] The first medals were presented at a ceremony in the Yukon Territory on July 8, 2015.[5]

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