Expedition to Community (E2C)

Expedition to Community (E2C) is a youth-led service program that is grounded in, and supported by, community.


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Expedition to Community (E2C) is a new program supporting youth-led community service projects in five communities across Inuit Nunangat; Makkovik, Kugluktuk, Panniqtuuq, Kangirsuk and Inuvik.  SOI is collaborating with these Northern communities, community partners and local program coordinators to deliver the program.

Hosted by the Students on Ice Foundation, funding for E2C is provided by Canada Service Corps and reflects the Government of Canada’s commitment to promote civic engagement and build capacity in the North. E2C builds on SOI’s partnerships and development opportunities to foster youth leadership and community service across Inuit Nunangat.

Community Kick Off workshops are currently underway! This fall, each of our five E2C communities will be hosting project kick off events with local partners and SOI core staff. Youth from each community will learn about service projects, leadership, and the tools needed to bring a community project to life.


Project Outline

Launched in April 2019, the SOI Foundation will work with youth (aged 15 to 30) to co-create and lead unique service activities that address the issues, opportunities, and needs of northern communities.

As participants identify and address their community needs, E2C will support their project development skills and help them grow their abilities to initiate and develop meaningful and sustainable community service projects. The result will be a cohort of youth with new leadership skills, entrepreneurial experience, and an enhanced sense of community service.

E2C will engage in five communities across Inuit Nunangat; Makkovik, Kugluktuk, Panniqtuuq, Kangirsuk and Inuvik.


Click HERE to meet the E2C team!

The objectives of E2C are:


1. To engage a core group of northern youth between the ages of 15 and 30 as program participants in a process of co-creating service initiatives through which they develop leadership skills, experience the benefits of community service and are inspired to become lifelong active members of their community.

2. To create a cohort of community youth leaders across Inuit Nunangat who are empowered and inspired to take on future initiatives and leadership roles in their community.

3. To involve additional northern youth as peer participants in the community service initiatives led by the core program participants. By taking an active role in initiatives led by the program participants, they will be exposed to the benefits of community service and share in the inspiration of being active community members.

4. To involve Canadian youth through an innovative communications campaign that shares the experiences and impacts of participating youth in order to inspire youth across the country to pursue their own service opportunities.


For more information please contact Kelsey Catherine Schmitz, E2C Program Manager at kelsey@studentsonice.com


In the News

“Students on Ice get $660,000 funding to bolster North-South youth opportunities” by Sam C. Lab
See picture of article here

“Students on Ice launches Inuit community initiative” by Kahlan Miron


“Inuit Nunangat youth to develop community initiatives with new federal funding” by Michele LeTourneau, Nunavut News


“660 000 $ À STUDENTS ON ICE” by Le Droit

New service opportunities for Canadian youth in the North” by Employment and Social Development Canada

New service opportunities for Canadian youth in the Northby Indigenous Lands & Resources Today


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