Arctic Youth and Partnerships

ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑑᖅᑐᑦ ᒪᒃᐱᕋᖏᑦ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᕐᓗᒋᑦ

The SOI Foundation has a strong focus on building relationships and partnerships with youth, communities and organizations in the Arctic. Annually over 30% of the participants in SOI’s programs calls the Arctic home. To ensure that the Foundation’s programs are aligned with the needs of Arctic youth and other Arctic stakeholders, the Foundation has launched its Arctic Youth and Partnerships Program.

One of SOI’s long-term goals is to instil in the next generation of leaders a thorough understanding of the Arctic, its history and complexities, in order to set a high standard for sustainable development, healthy communities and environmental stewardship in Canada’s North.

Within the framework of this goal SOI works with a variety of Inuit and other Arctic partners and communities on various projects and brings annually over 35 Arctic Youth on its expeditions.

To facilitate SOI’s work with Arctic partners and youth, SOI has developed its Arctic Youth and Partnership Program with the following key objectives:

1. Ensure that Students on Ice’s programs, activities and outreach materials are tuned to maximize benefits for participating Arctic youth.
2. Support SOI’s Arctic alumni in their further personal, educational and professional development following their participation in SOI’s programs.
3. Identify and develop new opportunities to address Arctic issues through leveraging SOI’s reputation, networks and knowledge and mobilizing resources from Arctic stakeholders, government and corporate partners.

The program consists of five programmatic streams, each with its own objectives and program elements:

This program stream aims to minimize barriers for participation by and maximize outcomes for Arctic participants. Activities range from enhancing recruitment activities, to providing documentation, to increasing the number of educators from Aboriginal heritage and developing an Arctic Alumni Program.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
Good physical and mental health is a corner stone for successful personal, educational and professional development. The program stream Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds is designed to educate participants about healthy lifestyles and mental health and to provide support after the expedition to access appropriate local or regional health services if needed.

Employment and Entrepreneurship
The employment and entrepreneurship stream is set up to support Arctic alumni in skill development and connect them with internship and employment opportunities.

Healthy Communities and Sustainable Development
Students on Ice leverages its networks and reputation to connect initiatives, ideas and funders to accelerate the development of projects that support healthy communities and sustainable development in the Arctic.

SOI will continue and bolster its outreach activities to Arctic Youth, alumni, and current and future Arctic partner organisations. Objectives are to generate further awareness of SOI’s activities and to mobilize resources from community organizations, government and corporate partners around projects that support healthy communities and sustainable development.


The program is supported by a Program Advisory Committee consisting of Mary SimonRebecca MearnsMaatalii Okalik, Udlu Hanson, and Brian Tattuinee.

The SOI Foundation’s Arctic Youth and Partnership Program is made possible through the generous support of the following partners:

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