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2017 Students On Ice Arctic Expedition Saw Four Inuvialuit Participants
The 2017 Students on Ice Arctic expedition took place August 8 to 23 and brought together over 100 youth from around the world as they explored the eastern Canadian Arctic and western Greenland - including four Inuvialuit students.
Jasmine Keogak (Sachs Harbour) and Topsy Banksland (Ulukhaktok) participated in the expedition with help from Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS). Carmen Kuptuna (Tuktoyaktuk) attended the expedition through a sponsorship provided by Oceans North Canada and Allysa Felix (Tuktoyaktuk) took part through a sponsorship provided by Arctic Net.
During the expedition, Jasmine Keogak recorded her song Little Valentine with Darkspark in a makeshift studio aboard the ship. This song was created as a memorial to a family member who had since passed away. You can listen to the song below.
The 2017 Students on Ice Arctic Expedition was a hands-on experience for youth to expand their knowledge of the changing circumpolar world, foster a new understanding and respect for the planet, and gain the inspiration and motivation needed to help lead toward a healthy and sustainable future. Activities included wildlife encounters, visits to Arctic communities, as well as the opportunity to acquire first-hand knowledge and insight into the dynamics of climate change, traditional knowledge, scientific research, policy and other important Arctic and global topics.
“I had an amazing Students On Ice experience. I was constantly gaining knowledge from all the workshops, presentations, and conversations with new people from all around the world," Topsy Banksland said. "We learned a lot about climate change and how much it affects the Arctic, and talked about reconciliation with storytellers, artists, scientists, and politicians. We did this all while sailing the Arctic, and visiting communities in Inuit Nunangat."
"This is an inspiring expedition, and I encourage youth to take this great opportunity.”
Photos by Mike Sudoma and Martin Lipman (Students on Ice)
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