Canadian Minister of Environment & Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, presenting about the anticipated announcement of the MPA area in Tallurutiup Imanga LancasterSound.
Jassie and Cara taking questions about life in Pond Inlet and hunting narwhal.
The Canada C3 ship arriving in Pond Inlet, as seen from the MS Ocean Endeavour.
Becky speaking during a panel discussion about Northern Development.
Anday working diligently in a workshop on board the ship.
Arvaarluk telling another capturing and animated story in the Hub.
Tay Bay, Nunavut.
Selina taking in the unique landscapes.
The Painterly lighting on these mountains is common in the Arctic (and beautiful!).
Sailing past a spectacular table top mountain with exposed sedimentary layers.
Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada President, Nancy Karetak-Lindell, giving a keynote presentation on board the ship.
Did you know that when qajaqs are made of seal skin you must make sure to remove all of the seal skin fur, because if even three hairs are left the seals can hear you coming.
Students exploring the waters in traditional Inuit qajaqs.
Devon Island, Nunavut.
Students exploring the bay on stand-up paddle boards.
Staff member, Annie Aningmiuq testing out the waters in a qajaq.
Inuit Elder and counsellor, Moosa Akavak and Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna took traditional Inuit style qajaqs out to explore the glacier and surrounding icebergs.
Students walking along the edge of a glacial meltwater pool.
Caroline stops to capture a moment on the hike to the glacier.
Representing a far away home on the glacier at Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada!
Educators, former US Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman and Executive Producer of Climate One, Greg Dalton stop to chat on the hike.
During the Zodiac tour, participants learned that icebergs, unlike frozen chunks of sea ice, are made up entirely of fresh water as they are pieces of a glacier that have broken off.
Student uses binoculars for a better look at the glacier.
We learned today that, sadly, this glacier is unhealthy and is receding fast. Only about 1% of the glaciers in the world are healthy and growing. Devon Island, NU.
"We sat quietly in our zodiacs listening to the sounds of the birds, the gentle drips of ice melting from the icebergs and water lapping against the walls of our Zodiac." Devon Island, NU.
Students out on deck of the MS Ocean Endeavour looking for a spotted polar bear!
Educator, James Raffan (JR) giving a presentation about the concept and purpose of Isuma - the #SOIArctic2017 reflection based workshops.
The remains of Northumberland House - erected in 1852-1853 by the crew of HMS North Star. Beechey Island, Nunavut.
"Visits to the grave sites of four of the Franklin expedition members...The real impact of this visit was about more than looking to our past."
SOI educator and history professor Whitney Lackenbauer explains the significance of Beechey Island to participants.
Learning to beatbox from expedition musician Nelson Tagoona!
Students enjoy a science workshop.
A light fog lifts over Prince Leopold Island.
Thick billed Murres on the cliffs of Prince Leopold Island.
The cliffs of Prince Leopold Island are home to thousands of black legged kittiwake and thick billed murre!
Cruising along the cliffs of Prince Leopold Island. Can you spot the Zodiacs?
Afsohneh takes in the cliffs of Prince Leopold Island.
Did you know these cliffs are carbonate rocks? That means they are made of layers of limestone. They were deposited in an ancient ocean basin that was formed in the southern hemisphere and slowly moved all the way up to the Arctic.
Did you know black-legged Kittiwake’s are one of few birds who have a tendency to gather out in groups on pieces of frozen sea ice?
The Honourable Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna and Migratory Birds and Protected Areas Biologist Garry Donaldson share a laugh during a Zodiac cruise around Prince Leopold Island.
Expedition leader Geoff Green makes a radio call during a Zodiac cruise.
Taking in the towering heights of Prince Leopold Island from a Zodiac.
A rainbow over SOI's floating home - the MS Ocean Endeavour!
"At one point, we all tied our Zodiacs together, so that we were one unified, floating unit." - Student, Muriel
The towering cliffs of Prince Leopold Island situated in Lancaster Sound offer the perfect nesting spots for migratory birds.
Sea ice seen from off the coast of Resolute, NU.
Energizers onboard to keep everyone awake and in the zone!
Introductions and notes from the Health and Wellness Team, including doctors and counsellors.
First briefing from expedition leader Geoff Green onboard the MS Ocean Endeavour!
#SOIArctic2017's home viewed from a zodiac - the MS Ocean Endeavour.
Robert, Gerol, Lyn, and Veronica enjoying a Zodiac ride!
#SOIArctic2017 was grateful to be part of the official opening of Canada's 45th National Park, Qausuittuq.
Celina Kalluk performs at the official opening of Qausuittuq National Park.
Ceremonial lighting of the qulliq at the official opening of Qausuittuq National Park.
Learning about the Polar Continental Shelf Project.
Max Schiller stands in front of a memorial plaque of Marty Bergman, director of Natural Resources Canada's Polar Continental Shelf Program.
Students visit the Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP) facility in Resolute, Nunavut.
Narayan and Marina excited to have landed in foggy Resolute, NU!
Megan and Sara celebrating touchdown in Resolute, NU!
Ready for takeoff! Cassandra, Marina and Bella are excited to be on the move!
5:30 a.m. check in! Staff member Jolly gets checked in by scientist Roger Bull before boarding the bus to the airport.
Staff member Becky Mearns gives a presentation during the pre-expedition briefing.
Expedition Leader Geoff hugs Jamie following his presentation.
Student Jamie gives a presentation during the pre-expedition briefing at the University of Ottawa.
SOI Arctic 2017 Indigenous Artist in Residence (IAR) Keenan (Nooks) Lindell takes in the Library of Parliament.
Nicole and Veronica take in the Library of Parliament.
Quick snapshot of the House of Commons!
Students begin their tour of Parliament.
Latarick from Chicago testing out the tree-top course at Camp Fortune!
Expedition can hold some difficult moments for participants. Facing fears on the high ropes course in Ottawa can be one of them. Great work to everyone who completed or just tried out the course!
Thumbs up for ziplining from Selina, Lucy, Anushka and Alexia!
Malia is excited to be high in the tree tops!
Learning the tricks of balance!
Cheering on friends at the high ropes course at Camp Fortune.
Setting out on the high ropes course near Ottawa the day before setting out to the High Arctic!
Getting ready to zipline at Camp Fortune during the Ottawa programming.
Matilita and Qullik cook up some Arctic char during a feast lunch (c) Martin Lipman/Students on Ice Foundation
Staff member using an ulu to cut up some frozen Arctic char for a feast lunch at Nunavut Sivuniksavut. (c) Martin Lipman/Students on Ice Foundation
Slicing Arctic char with an ulu during a feast lunch (c) Martin Lipman/Students on Ice
Erica is tossed high during the Inuit Blanket Toss! (c) Martin Lipman/Students on Ice Foundation
Alexia and Nick have a dance competition! (c) Martin Lipman/Students on Ice Foundation
During afternoon workshops in the park, staff member Grant leads students in the Inuit Blanket Toss. (c) Martin Lipman/Students on Ice Foundation
Nunavut Sivuniksavut staff member, Melissa, leads students in a workshop discussing cultural role models. (c) Martin Lipman/Students on Ice Foundation
Students discuss similarities and difference in phrases from their homes across the North. (c) Martin Lipman/Students on Ice Foundation
Savanna Moore has a laugh during programming at Nunavut Sivuniksavut. (c) Martin Lipman/Students on Ice Foundation
Nangmalik and Ben work on the icebreaker activity sheet. (c) Martin Lipman/Students on Ice Foundation
ICC-Canada President Nancy Karetak-Lindell and Mina get to know each other during morning introductions. (c) Martin Lipman/Students on Ice Foundation
Julia laughs with new friends! (c) Martin Lipman/Students on Ice Foundation
Jaani and Pitsiulaaq chat during morning introductions. (c) Martin Lipman/Students on Ice Foundation
Andy and Jamie share in a laugh during morning icebreakers. (c) Martin Lipman/Students on Ice Foundation
Jasmine and Carmen learn about each other during an icebreaker activity. (c) Martin Lipman/Students on Ice Foundation
Kiersten, Caden and Topsy listening closely to what workshop is up next. (c) Martin Lipman/Students on Ice Foundation
Students Topsy and Starr talking during the morning introductions and icebreakers. (c) Martin Lipman/Students on Ice Foundation
Students Elias and Max and staff members Nelson and Grant getting to know each other during introductions and icebreakers. (c) Martin Lipman/Students on Ice Foundation