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Canadian Geographic Society names Johnny Issaluk explorer in residence

Actor Johnny Issaluk has been chosen as an explorer in residence by the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

Actor Johnny Issaluk, third from left, is flanked by fellow explorers in residence of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. At left is Arctic solo adventurer Adam Shoalts, storm chaser George Kourounis and cave diver Jill Heinerth, right. Nick Walker/Royal Canadian Geographic Society photo

The role is intended to help create greater awareness of stories, images, data and discoveries made by scientists, explorers and conservationists during their expeditions. The society defines its overall mission as "making Canada better known to Canadians and to the world."

Issaluk's appointment was announced Tuesday in Ottawa. His acting career has taken him around the world and he enjoys participating in expeditions. He's best known for the movie Indian Horse and television series The Terror and Murdoch Mysteries, among numerous other roles.

The Royal Canadian Geographic Society describes Issaluk as "a global ambassador for Inuit culture" and notes that he's also an explorer who has been to many of the most remote corners of Nunavut.

Issaluk, who hails from Chesterfield Inlet, is also an accomplished hunter and Inuit games athlete. He's a past winner of the Diamond Jubilee Medal, presented to those who serve their fellow citizens, community and country. He previously filled the role of executive director with the Embrace Life Council and was part of the Inuusivut program, which teaches youth about filmography and photography.