The 2017 Students on Ice Arctic expedition brought together more than 100 youth from around the world with inspiring scientists, elders, educators, artists, musicians, CEO’s, dignitaries, journalists, authors and innovators. Immersed in nature and engaged in cross-disciplinary activity, students were inspired, motivated, educated and challenged.
Each day was filled with exploration, discovery, presentations, workshops, hands-on research, hikes, and lots of adventure! Activities included wildlife encounters; visits to Arctic communities; the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and participation in exciting conservation announcements including the official opening of Qausuittuq National Park in Resolute Bay as well as the official announcement of Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) as Canada’s largest National Marine Conservation Area. Students acquired first-hand knowledge and insight into the dynamics of climate change, traditional knowledge, scientific research, policy and other important topics.