Students on Ice is thrilled to announce that joining the impressive team of educators for this summer’s 2016 Students on Ice Arctic Expedition are U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and his wife Vicki Heyman.
The 2016 Arctic Expedition will take 120 youth from across Canada’s North and around the world on a two-week educational journey to explore the eastern Canadian Arctic and Western Greenland. The expedition dates are July 21 – August 5, 2016.
“The U.S. Embassy is a proud supporter of the Students on Ice (SOI) program, ” says U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman. “The Arctic is a region of incredible importance to the United States. As current chair of the Arctic Council, we are working with Canada, other Arctic and observer nations, and indigenous peoples to address the challenges facing the region and maximize opportunities for its inhabitants. SOI provides an invaluable opportunity for students to learn about these challenges first-hand and to use that knowledge to inspire creative solutions.”
Here is a special message from Ambassador and Mrs. Heyman in advance of their journey with Students on Ice!
About the 2016 Arctic Expedition
Guided by a team of scientists, elders, artists and visionary leaders, youth will develop a deeper connection to the land, culture and people of the Arctic as they engage in hands-on research, listen to elders, visit remote Arctic communities, observe wildlife, and bridge cultures and understanding with youth from around the world. Youth will learn about the impacts of climate change, the importance of ocean conservation, and other important topics, grounded in an understanding and appreciation for the people who call the Arctic home.
Since 2000, Students on Ice (SOI) has led life-changing, educational expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. Globally acclaimed as a leader in polar education and youth engagement, SOI’s expeditions and outreach initiatives educate youth about the importance of the Polar Regions, support their continued growth and to inspire initiatives that contribute to global sustainability. The result is more than 2,500 alumni from 52 countries making a positive and lasting impact on communities around the world.
Thanks to the generosity of the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and more than 40 other partners around the world, a majority of students on the 2016 Arctic Expedition are fully funded to participate.