Students on Ice is very excited to announce that we have had a very successful expedition launch. Today, Students on Ice said farewell to 130 high school and university students from around the world as they begun the 2019 Arctic Expedition.
This year the students and team have begun their expedition in Ottawa, Ontario and have boarded their first flight to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland where they will embark on a transformative two-week expedition to the Canadian High Arctic and Greenland.
This ship and land-based expedition will connect youth to the Arctic and to urgent issues including ocean conservation, climate change, and sustainable development. Throughout the next two weeks, the Arctic will act as a powerful classroom through which place-based learning, cross-cultural discussions and hands-on workshops will allow the students to connect to the land and their peers in incredibly profound ways.
With the Arctic being an essential part of our planet, it
illuminates our history and is a cornerstone of our global ecosystem and our
future. These meaningful connections will help shape, inspire and support each
student during and after expedition.
“We are thrilled to give young participants the opportunity to understand firsthand the challenges the Arctic is facing today. To facilitate exchanges among Arctic youth; you have to look at and understand the Arctic through the eyes of the people who live there,” said Peteris Ustubs, European Union Ambassador to Canada.”
The journey will be filled with workshops, panel discussions, shore landings, wildlife sightings and more. The students will have the opportunity to learn through the lens of science, art, history, policy and culture, grounded in an understanding and appreciation for the people who call the Arctic home.
We are thrilled to share that the 2019 Arctic Expedition
team is made up of 130 students from 18 different countries including Canada, U.S., Greenland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Russia,
Peru, England, Ireland, Germany, Monaco, Switzerland, Seychelles, Marshall
Islands, Micronesia, and China (Hong Kong).
Of the 130 students on board this expedition over 50% are Indigenous. The Indigenous youth and educators from the circumpolar Arctic are an integral part of every Students on Ice expedition, helping us understand the places we visit.
Through the generosity of partner organizations, 90 per cent of the youth are fully supported to participate in this transformational, life-changing experience.
The 2019 Students on Ice Arctic Expedition is made possible
through partnerships with the Canadian Museum of Nature; Parks Canada; Canada
Goose; Nunavut Sivuniksavut; Makivik Corporation; Kativik Regional Government;
Leacross Foundation; the Delegation of the European Union to Canada; the
Assembly of First Nations NS and NL; the U.S. Embassy Ottawa; Adventure Canada;
Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation; The Beatrice Snyder Foundation; Sony;
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, the Canada-UK Foundation,
First Air, the official airline of Student on Ice, and more than 40 other
Throughout the journey,
thousands of people around the world will follow and share in the expedition
experience via SOI’s outreach and media strategy, including daily text, photo
and video updates on SOI’s website and social media channels. To learn more and
to follow the journey, visit studentsonice.com
This summer, Geoff Green will lead the Students on Ice (SOI) 2019 Arctic Expedition, SOI’s largest expedition to date!
Thanks in part to a new partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to Canada, this summer’s expedition team will include youth from every circumpolar country! The global nature of SOI expeditions are key in fostering cross‐cultural collaboration on key issues we face as a global society. This year’s expedition team represents students from 18 countries: Canada, U.S., Greenland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Russia, Peru, England, Ireland, Germany, Monaco, Switzerland, Seychelles, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and China (Hong Kong).
On June 12th, Geoff and representatives from SOI joined the Delegation of the European Union to Canada in the Speaker’s Salon on Parliament Hill to announce the expedition. Many Ministers of Parliament, ambassadors, partners and supporters were present at the event to participate in the announcement.
A special thank you to the Honourable Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House, for hosting the event and to the Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Canada, Peteris Ustubs; Ambassador of Finland, Vesa Lehtonen; and Ambassador of Sweden, Urban Ahlin for joining SOI in this announcement. Thank you to SOI staff and throat singers Becky Okatsiak and Lynda Brown for their beautiful performance.
Geoff addresses students in Itilleq Fjord during the 2018 Arctic Expedition. Photo (c) Natta Summerky/SOI Foundation
July 23 –August 7, 2018.
The journey brought together 130 students and 90+ educators from 20 countries to explore the western coast of Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic.
This ship-based expedition connected participating students to pressing local, national and international Arctic issues including ocean conservation, climate change, truth and reconciliation, and sustainable development.
Immersed in the Arctic environment, the students connected to the land, ocean, communities, and to their peers while being led by a global cohort of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scientists, artists, experts, educators and visionary leaders. Daily excursions, research, workshops and events engaged and inspired the students and fostered a deeper understanding and appreciation for the changing Arctic and its peoples. This diverse group of students worked collectively and individually to create new ideas, partnerships, and initiatives addressing the many challenges and opportunities facing the Arctic and the Planet.
The expedition explored the communities, coasts and fjords of western Greenland before crossing the Davis Strait to Canada’s High Arctic and the Northwest Passage. Expedition activities included the collection of eDNA samples from the Arctic coastline to learn about the changing biodiversity of the area; exploring the land and gaining cultural and historical knowledge from Inuit Elders, scientists, archaeologists, and community members; hikes across tundra and glaciers in Sirmilik National Park; observing wildlife; working with climate scientists to understand the drastic changes being seen in the Polar regions and their impacts; and learning first-hand about important Arctic marine ecosystems such as Pikialasorsuaq (the North Water Polyna) and Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound).
“To explore the Arctic with youth and experts from around the world, enables a unique learning opportunity to bridge cultures and allow for passionate, globally-minded and solution-driven conversations and initiatives to flourish,” says Expedition Leader Geoff Green. “This expedition is the beginning of a life-long journey, and a very important step for youth to gain the inspiration, education and motivation needed to become leaders in their communities and around the world.”
The international expedition team represented students and staff from 20 countries: Canada, U.S.A., Mexico, Greenland, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Ecuador, Germany, Norway, Monaco, Russia, Singapore, France, Malaysia, Denmark, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Thousands of people around the world followed and shared in the expedition experience via the impressive outreach and media strategy, including daily updates, blogs, videos and more.
The expedition team included The Honourable Nellie Kusugak, Commissioner of Nunavut; Special Advisor, Foreign Affairs Department of the Government of Greenland Mira Kleist; scientists Jennifer Doubt and Glenn Poirier with the Canadian Museum of Nature; Olympic and World Champion kayaker Adam van
Koeverden; Indigenous Folk Duo Twin Flames; Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UCLA Daniele Bianchi, Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand, and author & adventurer James Raffan.
Through the generosity of partner organizations, more than 80 per cent of the youth participants were fully supported to participate in this transformational, life-changing experience. The 2018 Students on Ice Arctic Expedition was made possible through partnerships with the Canadian Museum of Nature, Parks Canada, Canada Goose, Nunavut Sivuniksavut, Makivik Corporation, Kativik Regional Government, Leacross Foundation, WWF-Canada, the Government of Canada, the U.S. Embassy Ottawa, Adventure Canada, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, The Beatrice Snyder Foundation, First Air, the official airline of Student on Ice, Sony, Vistek, and more than 30 other generous supporters.
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.
2017 marked Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation and the SOI Foundation’s largest ever expedition – Canada C3. Between June 1 – October 28, 2017, Geoff led a nationwide expedition for Canadians 18 and over to be part of a journey connecting to and celebrating the people and places that make up Canada’s three coasts (C3). The 150-day expedition sailed from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage and brought together Canadians from all backgrounds to engage in dialogue across four key themes: Diversity and Inclusion, Reconciliation, Youth Engagement and the Environment. Canada C3 reached more than 20 million people and inspired a deeper understanding of our land, our peoples and our country.
Our journeys bring together a global team of students, scientists, elders, artists and visionary leaders to explore the Polar Regions. Together we create a transformative learning experience that changes the way youth perceive the world and fosters the inspiration to make a difference.