From beginning to end, day three was incredible, bringing together the SOI community in shared learning, collaboration and looking ahead.
The delegates started their day diving into some incredible sessions, including Participation, Appropriation, Representation: Toward an Inclusive, Sustainable Arctic; Arctic Journalism at the Crossroad of Technology, Economy and Politics; and Russian Science Above the Arctic Circle. The delegation was also invited to the “Arctic Youth Engagement” event hosted by Reykjavík U.S. Embassy and Youth Environmentalist Association of Iceland, in association with the Assembly. This event presented a film screening of the award-winning short documentary “I Am Yup’ik” that highlights the challenges facing young people in Alaska, focusing on Byron Nicholai. Following the screening there was a discussion with Byron and the Youth Environmentalist Association youth about how engaging youth in Arctic dialogue – from cultural equality to climate change – is critical.
Back at the Harpa the delegates attended the SOI session, Advancing Ocean Literacy to Promote Healthy Arctic Communities, supporting fellow delegate, Enooyaq, who was a panelist.
The panel discussed ocean literacy from diverse perspectives – Inuit, academia, industry, education, advocacy and youth – and discussed the need to nurture ocean literate citizens and industries who understand and value our relationship to the ocean in a personal, day-to-day way. The other panelists – all also SOI alumni and friends – were Lisa (Diz) Glithero (National Coordinator, Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition), Scott Carr (CEO, JASCO Applied Sciences (Canada) Ltd.), Jeannette Menzies, (Director of Knowledge Management and Engagement, Polar Knowledge Canada), and Paul Crowley (Vice-president, Arctic, World Wildlife Fund Canada).
Following an afternoon of sessions and workshops, the delegation worked with SOI staff to host a reception for all SOI alumni, partners and new friends to end their biggest day yet. Her Excellency the First Lady of Iceland, Ms Eliza Reid and Canada’s Ambassador to Iceland, Ambassador Lorre, joined everyone at Harpa for an evening of sharing and connecting. Delegates Will, Aurora and Josh shared captivating stories and impacts from their expedition and alumni experiences. By the end of the night, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room! SOI is very grateful to have been able to connect and reconnect with so many friends and to have met and made so many incredible new connections. Thank you to everyone who joined us!
Thank you to Polar Knowledge Canada for your generous support of this delegation.