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Expedition Well Wishes....

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
It is a pleasure to wish all those embarking on the 2011 Arctic
Expedition with Students on Ice the very best.

Education is one of the key factors that influence how we live our
lives. What Students on Ice offer is a wonderful program that introduces you to the many vital issues facing northern countries and allows you hands-on experiences that truly bring to life the beauty of the north.

Like the explorers of old, you will all feel the thrill of discovery. I hope that you will continue to ask questions, to learn and to bring your curiosity back to the classrooms.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
Governor General of Canada

Photo by: Sgt Serge Gouin, Rideau Hall | © Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada
represented by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (2010)

Welcome to the Students on Ice
Arctic Youth Expedition 2011
What is Students on Ice?

The Students on Ice program provides youth from around the world with educational expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica.
Our mandate is to educate and inspire the next generation of polar scientists, environmental leaders and social innovators – and in doing so, help to provide them with a greater understanding and respect for the planet.
Since 2000, over 1,600 high school and university students from forty countries have visited the polar regions with the Students on Ice program. To learn more about the program visit our main website,

About the Arctic Youth Expedition 2011

The Students on Ice Arctic Youth Expedition 2011 represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for youth to expand their knowledge about the circumpolar world, and to gain a new global perspective on the planet, its wonders, and its present and future challenges.
The ship- and land-based journey will explore Iceland, Greenland, northern Labrador (Nunatsiavut) and the northern reaches of Nunavik, Canada. It will involve 75 international high school students, 14 to 18 years old.
80% of participants are funded by governments, NGOs, individuals and corporate partners.
The students will travel with a team of 45 scientists, educators, aboriginal elders, historians, artists, writers, innovators, leaders and polar experts.

Activities will include extraordinary wildlife encounters, visits to remote Arctic communities, archeological sites, as well as the opportunity to acquire first-hand knowledge and insight into the dynamics of climate change. Participants will encounter whales, seals, polar bears, caribou, seabirds, and more. The expedition team will be a part of a powerful cross-cultural experience though which they will gain perspective on the planet and their homes.


Expedition Goals
Expeditions equip youth with vital tools that allow them to link local realities to global issues while empowering them to bring about positive change.

  • CONNECT to the natural world
  • FOSTER a new understanding and respect for the planet
  • DISCOVER solutions to our most pressing challenges
  • INSPIRE participants to make a difference

Expedition Themes
A Students on Ice expedition brings together environmental and civic education, cultural immersion, personal leadership development, and plenty of polar adventure!


... have a key role to play in shaping the world of today and the world of tomorrow.

... that follows the westward path of the Vikings.

... of self, community, powerful ideas and the circumpolar north.

… is an imperative that should inform our decisions. By making sustainable choices and taking action, we can arrive at the best possible outcomes for the planet, humans and other living things, now and in the future.

Creativity and Innovation
… means thinking about new ideas and doing things differently. They are important across all sectors of society including arts, sciences and the transition from brown economies to green economies.
… is happening rapidly in the Arctic, a place of special importance to the planet. Arctic climate change is happening in the context of complex cultural, governance and economic changes.
Indigenous ways of knowing
… remain profound and relevant. Indigenous peoples continue to maintain their unique cultures within their distinct homelands. Despite modern influences and conveniences, Indigenous peoples in the Arctic have retained their languages, core knowledge and beliefs. Indigenous knowledge contributes to the advancement of a sustainable Arctic and a sustainable planet.


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