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Canada's 25-year-old Arctic explorer on the beauty of the nation's north

CBC Cross-Country Checkup

By: Susan McReynolds

August, 13, 2017

At 22, Caitlyn Baikie made history as part of the Arctic expedition team that located the wrecked Franklin ship in 2014. At 25, Baikie has several trips to the region under her belt, and is currently on an another expedition in Canada’s north with Students on Ice – an expedition program that educates youth about the importance of the polar region. She spoke to Checkup from Sirmilik National Park in Nunavut.

Listen to her interview with Checkup guest host Susan McReynolds:

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Looking North

Thornbury Paper

By: T.S. Giilck

August, 09, 2017

Go North, young woman.

Well, that might not be exactly what Megan Harvey was told, but it is close enough.

The Thornbury university student left today on what’s likely an once-in-a-lifetime trip to the High Arctic and Greenland.

The tour is courtesy of the Students on Ice Program, which annually offers invitations to students across Canada and internationally to make a sociocultural and scientific visit to the Arctic on a converted scientific vessel turned semi-tour boat.

Harvey was scheduled to fly into Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island, the second-most northerly settlement in Canada, to start the trip. Some of that trip will follow in the footsteps of the Franklin expedition, before visiting Greenland.

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Heymans on Ice

CBC Ottawa Morning

August, 09, 2017

Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada and Arctic 2017 educator spoke with CBC Ottawa Morning about the upcoming expedition! Listen to the full interview.

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Minister McKenna launches the Students on Ice Arctic expedition


August, 08, 2017

OTTAWA, Aug. 8, 2017 /CNW/ – Today the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, is launching the Students on Ice Arctic expedition, at the Canadian Museum of Nature. She will address over 100 youth who will arrive in Ottawa from around the world and discuss how climate change is impacting Canada’s north—and the relationships between the people, wildlife, marine ecosystems, and the delicate arctic flora and fauna.

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Tofino teen joins Arctic expedition

Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News


August, 08, 2017

A 14 year-old Tofitian is heading off on a once-in-a-lifetime Arctic expedition.

Seth Stere is one of 120 students from around the world about to set off on a 12-day Arctic voyage with the Students on Ice Foundation.

The students will travel onboard the massive, 137-metre, Adventure Canada Ocean Endeavour, which is equipped with a fleet of 20 zodiacs for daily trips to unique hands-on experiences where they will learn about the effects and impacts of climate change.

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Winnipegger set for Arctic expedition

Winnipeg Sun

By: Jason Friesen

August, 07, 2017

A scientific paper in chemistry class peaked Winnipegger Soomin Han’s interest in climate change and the effects humans have on the earth. So one can only imagine how an arctic expedition might spark a passion for her.

Han, who is going into grade 12 at St. Mary’s Academy, is the only Winnipegger in a group of 120 high school and university students from around the world going on the Students on Ice Arctic Expedition from Aug. 8-23.

“I’ve been interested in environmental things ever since I was small,” Han said. “I always wanted to go to the Arctic for no real reason when I was a kid. But as I started to learn more about it, it became an issue that I became more passionate about.”

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Staten Island teen to set sail on Arctic expedition

Staten Island Live

By: Annalise Knudson

August, 07, 2017

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Preparing to travel on an Arctic expedition, 16-year-old Kiara Caesar will set sail on the road to self-discovery this week with 120 other students from around the world.

Caesar, who lives in Port Richmond, leaves for her journey as part of the Students on Ice Arctic Expedition on Tuesday. She is scheduled to return home on Aug. 23, after traveling to the Eastern Canadian Arctic, Baffin Island and Greenland.

“I feel like there’s so much for me to learn and I get to meet so many people from other countries,” she said.

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Two Students, Teacher Going to Arctic Education Experience

365 News

August, 07, 2017

SEPANG, Aug 7 (Bernama) — Two students and a teacher from Terengganu will represent the country in the Education Expedition Programme to the Arctic region under the 2017 Students On Ice which will take place from Aug 8-23.

Rosbella Batrisyia Mohd Salleh, a form four student at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Tengku Mahmud and Yusof Akmal Mohamad Rajihan, 16, from SMK Dato Razali Ismail Kuala Terengganu would depart for Ottawa, Canada from the KL International Airport Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) tonight.

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'A very different type of Canadian of pride': Saskatoon student to return to Nunavut with international expedition

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

By: Matthew Olson

August, 03, 2017

Despite having already been to Iqaluit once earlier this year, a Saskatoon high school student is excited to go back to the northern territory — and go even further north this time.

Afsohneh Amirzadeh, a 16-year-old student at Walter Murray Collegiate Institute, is one of a handful of students selected for a two-week Arctic expedition this month with the Students on Ice program. Amirzadeh visited Nunavut on a five-day trip in March as part of the Global Vision Arctic Youth Ambassador Caucus.

“(The trip in March) was very much about Inuit culture and learning about Nunavut, but this one is a lot more comprehensive … and also we’re going to be going even further up north,” Amirzadeh said. “I couldn’t even imagine what it would be like to visit there, let alone live there.”

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Ridley student headed to Arctic

St Catharine's Standard

By: Harley Davidson

August, 02, 2017

For Jack Hilditch, August will be quite chillier than it will be for most of us.

On Aug. 8, the 16-year-old Ridley College student will join more than 120 other high school students for a two-week expedition to the Canadian Arctic and Greenland as part of the Students on Ice program.

Their journey will begin in Resolute Bay, Nunavut, and take them exploring communities, coasts and fjords (deep, narrow and elongated sea or lake drains with steep land on three sides) of Canada’s Eastern Arctic before crossing the Davis Strait to western Greenland.

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Arctic expedition raises awareness about the environment

Global News Montreal

August, 01, 2017

John Nathaniel Gertler, 16, says he’s been passionate about the environment for as long as he can remember.

The Montreal teen said he will be doing all he can to help the planet when he travels to the Arctic later this month, in the hopes of raising awareness about the environment.

“I can’t wait to meet people who are also interested in the environment who are my age, because there aren’t a ton of people like that,” Gertler said.

Watch the video here. 


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Port Moody engineer, Coquitlam student on Arctic ice

Tri-City News

By: Diane Strandberg

July, 31, 2017

A Port Moody city engineer will soon be on top of the world studying the way climate change is affecting communities in the high Arctic and helping students understand the consequences.

After two days of orientation beginning Aug. 8, Amelia Trachsel will head to the Ocean Endeavour for a 15-day voyage from Resolute Bay, Nunavut to Greenland.

While on the trip, Trachsel will mentor young people aged 14 to 24 who have been selected to participate in the 2017 Students on Ice Arctic Expedition (see below).

“I’m looking forward to having very impactful conversations in a unique environment that most people are not going to see, and to be able to transmit to others something that will inspire them to do more,” said Trachsel, a Coquitlam resident.

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Alexia Galloway-Alainga: a born ambassador

Adventure Canada

By: David Newland

July, 25, 2017

Each year, Adventure Canada sponsors an Inuk youth from one of the four Inuit regions of Canada to take part in Students On Ice, established in 2000 “to educate the world’s youth about the importance of the Polar Regions, to support their continued growth and to inspire initiatives that contribute to global sustainability.” Alexia Galloway-Alainga will join this year’s expedition, from August 8-23.

Born and raised in Iqaluit, Alexia, a third year undergrad in social work at Carlton U, may have been destined to play the role of cultural ambassador: Her mom’s side of the family hails from Arctic Bay, NU, while her father’s family is from NS. Alexia feels her roots are firmly planted in Nunavut, and she plans on returning to the territory when she’s completed her studies.

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Edmonton high school student set for expedition to High Arctic

Edmonton Journal

By: Scott Leitch

July, 27, 2017

Devon Island in Canada’s High Arctic, north of Baffin Island across Lancaster Sound, is the world’s largest uninhabited island. Huge areas are covered in ice sheets hundred of metres thick. The rest is mostly a plateau ecosystem of rocks stripped bare by frost, used by NASA as a research station because of its similarity to the surface of Mars.

The remote island is also where Edmonton high school student Cassandra Pryer is most excited to visit during her upcoming expedition to the High Arctic.

“There are a lot of things I didn’t know about the Arctic which I’m going to learn,” said Pryer, whose interest in the oceans was sparked a few years ago while on a tall-ship trip around Vancouver Island.

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GP teacher selected for Arctic expedition

Daily Herald-Tribune

By: Kevin Hampson

July, 25, 2017

Local teacher Lee Brentnell is going on a two-week Arctic expedition next month to learn about wildlife, climate change and culture in the North.

Brentnell was selected by the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta to join the Students on Ice Arctic Expedition, a ship-based journey with more than 100 youth from around the world, along with educators, scientists, educators, artists, musicians, CEOs, and others.

Tracey Vavrek, Community Foundation’s regional CEO, said it’s a learning opportunity.

“Our Arctic is this wonderful piece of a bit of unknown, so this is an opportunity for Lee to travel up to the Arctic area, be part of the Students on Ice, learn more about cultures, communities, people and then be able to bring that back and share it with our own community.”

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From Micronesia to the Arctic - Developing Future Indigenous Climate Leaders

Kaselehlie Press

By: Bill Jaynes

July, 15, 2017

Imagine traveling from our tropical islands to the farthest northern reaches of the planet, where tundra covers the land, the ocean is full of icebergs, and people hunt seals for food. Is there something we have in common with people living there and what can we learn from each other? This coming August, two students from the FSM and one from Palau will have the amazing opportunity to find out.

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