Watch this space for videos that introduce the themes and experiences ahead for the 2018 Expedition Team! Throughout the journey new videos will be posted here every few days between July 23-August 7, 2018!
Arctic 2018: The Journey
Between July 23-August 7, 2018, 125 students from all over the world sailed through the Canadian High Arctic and Greenland. This transformational journey engaged youth in a greater understanding and appreciation for the Arctic.
Guided by a team of Indigenous and non Indigenous scientists, artists, historians, educators, business & policy leaders, youth connected to one another, to the land and waters around them, and to new knowledge and perspectives, which will fuel their goals and ambitions for a lifetime.
Enjoy this beautiful recap of their journey and thank you to the many communities who welcomed us and the many partners who have helped to make this transformational journey possible.Watch
Arctic 2018: They Say...
A Poem by Katarina Kuhnert
Featuring the students and staff of the 2018 Students on Ice Arctic Expedition.
Inspired by the people, lands, and waters of the journey.
Arctic 2018: Twin Flames & the power of music on SOI
"Music has a way of reaching people that words don't." On the Students on Ice 2018 Arctic Expedition, we visited the picturesque community of Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland. It is here, through a soccer game with the community on one of the most beautiful soccer fields in the world and through the power of music, that friendships deepened and connections with one another and this beautiful place were formed.
Featuring music and interviews with the award-winning Indigenous folk duo Twin Flames, this video takes you on a journey through the power of music on Students on Ice.
"Music and words together have this awesome power and we're always in awe of our journey, our music, and the connections we get to make with people from all over the world."Watch
Arctic 2018: Drift Bottle Project
While crossing the Davis Strait, students and staff took part in SOI's annual bottle drop! The Drift Bottle Project is a citizen science initiative led by Fisheries and Oceans Canada to better understand changing ocean currents. Thank you to Broadhead Brewing Company Ltd. for providing bottles year after year, enabling SOI to participate in this important (and fun) research!Watch
Arctic 2018: Plants
"Plants are the foundation of life"
Scientists and Inuit knowledge-holders guide students onboard the Students on Ice 2018 Arctic Expedition in learning about the plant life in Itilleq Fiord, Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland). #SOIArctic2018Watch
Arctic 2018: Isuma
“Isuma” means to think or to ponder in Inuktitut. On SOI's expeditions the Isuma program is an integral part of each journey providing intentional space for participants to reflect on their expedition and make sense of what they are learning. Isuma educators include musicians, visual and performing artists, writers, Inuit Elders, and mindfulness coaches.
The Isuma program on SOI's 2018 Arctic Expedition is made possible thanks to support from Adventure Canada.
Arctic 2018: Ottawa Pre-Expedition Program
A look back at the first few days of #SOIArctic2018 in Ottawa - connecting with fellow students, exploring the city and learning about the journey ahead!Watch
Arctic 2018: Saavittut
In Inuktut, Saavittut means “taking off from the shore”, a process that our staff and students undertook at Nunavut Sivuniksavut over the course of three exciting days between July 21-23, 2018 as part of SOI's Arctic 2018 pre-expedition program. Students and staff from across the North explored twelve different themes that are shared across Inuit Nunangat such as language, housing, geography, music, and sense of home. Together, they built a community amongst themselves as they step into their roles as ambassadors for their home communities.Watch
Learn about our Education Program
This year’s education program has a special focus on four key areas: Climate Change, Truth & Reconciliation, Sustainable Development Goals, and Ocean Literacy & Conservation.Watch
On this year's expedition we will learn from individuals and communities who are seeing real and impactful changes in their land.
Climate Change is just one of four areas of focus for the upcoming expedition. We will be joined by scientists and Inuit elders to bring together a diversity of perspectives to better understand the science and stories of climate change adaptation and mitigation.Watch
Ocean Literacy & Conservation
On the Arctic 2018 Expedition we are looking forward to better understanding our impact on the ocean, and the ocean's impact on us.
We will have experts onboard whose work touches on ocean issues from a variety of perspectives. With staff ranging from leaders in ocean literacy to marine biologists on board we will learn about trophic levels, zooplankton, Marine Protected Areas, and more!Watch
The Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals created by the United Nations emphasize a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all and build on the principle of leaving no one behind.
This collection of 17 diverse goals set by the United Nations in 2015 aims to guide global development and create positive change towards 2030.
On the Arctic 2018 Expedition we will dive into how we can implement action for these goals in our home communities.Watch
Truth & Reconciliation
As we visit Inuit Nunangat across the Arctic during our expedition, we will reflect on the theme of Truth & Reconciliation. Conversations centred around Truth and Reconciliation hold value and bring a deeper meaning to our journey ahead. We are filled with hope and are eager to better understand the history, the land, and the people that we are visiting in the Arctic. Guided by elders, youth, and Inuit and Indigenous leaders we will create safe spaces for productive conversations across generations and cultures for a more truthful understanding of Inuit Nunangat.Watch
Coming soon! The 2018 Arctic Expedition
The 2018 Arctic Expedition will bring together 120 youth from around the world to connect to the land, culture and people of the Arctic through visits to Arctic communities, hands-on research, wildlife sightings, and an impressive educational team of Indigenous and non Indigenous scientists, artists, historians, and visionary leaders. Participants will learn first-hand about the impacts of climate change, the importance of ocean conservation, and engage in cross cultural dialogue about the Arctic’s changing environmental, social and political landscape.Watch