Students on Ice partners with Manicougan-Uapishka Biosphere Reserve (RMBMU) from UNESCO on a 3-year project that aims to provide Nordic youth with a profound hands-on experience that expands their knowledge of the changing circumpolar world, fosters a new understanding and respect for the planet and inspires and motivates them to work collaboratively towards a healthy and sustainable future.
2015 launched the beginning of this partnership to provide up to 2 youth annually from RMBMU with the opportunity to participate in the Students on Ice Arctic Expedition.
The vision is that participating youth will return to their home communities with a renewed sense of belonging to the Nordic community and that they become key contributors to and/or leaders of initiatives related to sustainable development, global citizenship and climate change mitigation in their community.
Students on Ice created the following video using footage from SOI’s 2016 Arctic Expedition, and with support from the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Alcoa Smelter Sustainable Communities Fund and the Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec. The video was featured at the 4th UNESCO World Congress of Biosphere Reserves in 2016.