Q&A with Natan Obed

Q&A with Natan Obed

Students on Ice launched its new initiative, The Bridge, on Monday May 25, 2020 with a live Q&A with Natan Obed, the President of Canada’s national Inuit organization, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK).

Watch this inspiring interview with Natan and SOI President, Geoff Green, as they engage in Natan’s background, growing up in Nunatsiavut, his work with ITK, and what he sees as the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing Inuit today. 

Q&A with Natan Obed, President of ITK

Thank you Natan for joining us, what a great way to kick-off the launch of The Bridge! www.soibridge.comWatch this LIVE interview and Q&A with Natan Obed, President of Canada’s national Inuit organization, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK). Where SOI President, Geoff Green, engaged Natan in a conversation about his background, growing up in Nunatsiavut, his work with ITK, and what he sees as the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing Inuit today.Lookout for special guest Shaun Majumder zoom-bombing his cabinmate on the Canada C3 expedition, Natan!

Posted by Students on Ice on Monday, May 25, 2020

Shoutout to special guest, Shaun Majumder!

Be sure to check out SOI’s The Bridge and join us on a virtual SOI journey through a number of digital events, creative materials and engaging content!

20 Years 20 Stories

20 Years 20 Stories

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the Students on Ice Foundation. When we reflect back, we are most proud of the people who have been part of this journey with us. That’s YOU – our alumni, partners and friends and the collective impact we are making on this amazing planet of ours. 

Watch as we celebrate 20 years of SOI by sharing inspiring stories with you. Please help us celebrate by sharing your memories with us and emailing Students on Ice at communications@studentsonice.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

EU Heads of Mission Meeting

EU Heads of Mission Meeting

This week Geoff Green was invited to the European Union in Canada to present at the EU Heads of Mission meeting.

Geoff welcomed the opportunity to present the work of the Students on Ice Foundation to the EU ambassadors who share in our values surrounding climate change, biodiversity, healthy communities and the Arctic.

We look forward to welcoming EU students and staff onboard the 2020 Arctic expedition and continuing to grow our partnership in the years to come!

Geoff Green Awarded the Stefansson Medal

Geoff Green Awarded the Stefansson Medal

The Students on Ice Foundation is proud to announce that Geoff Green has been awarded the Stefansson Medal from The Explorers Club for a lifetime of exemplary service in the exploration of Canada’s Arctic, with a focus on conservation, education and youth. Please join us in congratulating Geoff on this achievement. 

George Kourounis, Canadian adventurer, storm chaser and Royal Canadian Geographic Society fellow presented Geoff Green with the Stefansson Medal last week at the Student on Ice office.

Assembly of First Nations

Assembly of First Nations

On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, Geoff Green had the opportunity to present to the Assembly of First Nations/Assemblee des premieres Nations Special Chiefs Assembly, sharing stories, lessons learned and successes over the years from Students on Ice and Canada C3.

We are proud to have Indigenous youth participation on SOI expeditions grow considerably over the years, representing more than 50% of all the youth on our most recent 2019 Arctic expedition.

Geoff notes the importance of giving youth opportunities at the beginning of their lives that can help shape them. 

“As the National Chief said so well yesterday, it is so important to invest in our young people, empower them, give them hope, and the tools to be leaders, innovators and live healthy and productive lives.”

Geoff Green and Chief Jean-Charles Piétacho

We are really looking forward to the growth of our partnerships with the AFN and First Nations communities in the months and years ahead.

Science Diplomacy Week at Global Affairs Canada

Science Diplomacy Week at Global Affairs Canada

This week Geoff presented at the Canadian Foreign Service Institute as part of the Global Affairs Canada staff training on the intersection between traditional knowledge & science diplomacy.

Geoff spoke about how Students on Ice provides an opportunity for students to experience our Northern & Arctic communities, its peoples & research.

It was a great opportunity to share SOI’s role in cultivating multi-disciplinary approaches to understanding the challenges and opportunities that we face as a global society.

The Students on Ice expeditions are the first step in a life-long journey for our youth participants. It isn’t enough to be inspired by these experiences but to use what we learn to make a difference when they go home.