Often pulled between two worlds, northern youth are uniquely positioned to integrate both Indigenous Knowledge and cutting-edge technology to support thriving communities. AES’ education and outreach programming aims to empower youth to become tomorrow’s arctic stewards through the following initiatives:
The Arctic Sea Ice Education Package
This educational package is built on Indigenous Knowledge and is complete with multimedia videos and experiential activities. The ASI-EP has students explore the people, animals and environment of the Arctic sea ice and land in a contextual and captivating framework. Maths and sciences are place-based and include the pythagorean theorem through eider ducks diving for prey and species interconnectivity through an interactive foodweb framework. With 25+ lesson plans to choose from, the ASI-EP bring real world Arctic learning to classrooms.
Youth Training & Mentorship
Our youth training and mentorship programs connect youth with experienced hunters, providing them with opportunities to learn land-based skills, Indigenous knowledge and research techniques.
People of a Feather Educational Package
Our award winning film, People of a Feather tells the story of the deep connections between eider ducks and the Inuit community on the Belcher Islands. An educational version of the film is available, along with an educational package that includes in-depth content with flexible lesson plans which we’ve used successful from K-12 and in even post-secondary classrooms. The film and educational package have won awards specific to its educational value (e.g. New York TV & Film Awards), was selected as a part of the Hot Docs for Schools program, and has been formally approved as an official learning resource by the Nunavut Department of Education.
Education and Outreach
Our goal is to inspire youth and provide training opportunities for the next generation of community researchers and environmental stewards. Through SIKU, near real time data and observations collected by Inuit hunters can be used to teach math and science, learn about Arctic ecosystems and followed-up with opportunities for land-based learning with local hunters involved in community-driven research.
Interactive Media Resources
AES has extensive interactive media resources to support training and education programs including drone, time-lapse, underwater video, interactive food webs and more. We worked with Google Earth Outreach to collect the first ever street view imagery of polynyas and floe edges in support of our education programs – which are available on SIKU.org alongside our other classroom resources.