Education & Outreach

The Arctic Eider Society works closely with educators and the Nunavut Department of Education to develop culturally relevant curriculum for northern students and to bring multimedia resources on dynamics of sea ice ecosystems and Inuit culture to classrooms and campuses around the world. This allows students to interact with real data collected by Inuit and scientists and to explore themes of oceanography, ecology, culture and research.

educational_programs1In winter 2013 with funding support from Kakivak, the Arctic Eider Society visited schools in Iqaluit, Igloolik, Clyde River, Pond Inlet, Pangnirtung, and Arctic Bay bringing our lesson plans and film People of a Feather to students and teachers in Nunavut. More recently, we’ve begun working with schools in Nunavik (northern Quebec). Our film and educational package is available worldwide and includes in depth content with flexible lesson plans which we’ve used successful from K-12 and in even post-secondary classrooms.

Consider purchasing the Film and Educational Package for your school or institution and support our ongoing educational programs.

Youth Engagement and Training

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Each year, we work to engage and inspire youth in sea ice ecosystems and our community based programs. Our community engagement day in winter 2014 was a formative experience for many involved, with some individuals visiting the floe edge for the first time, and other observing their first seal breathing hole.

We are currently working to develop Youth-Hunter partnership training programs, where youth aged 19-28 accompany experienced hunters during community based research programs. The goal of this program is to generate interest among youth in being on the land, provide experience that facilitates the transition of sea ice knowledge and skills from elders to youth, and helps train the next generation of Inuit scientists and community based researchers.

Help get youth out on the land! Consider making a donation to our youth-hunter training programs.

The Arctic Sea Ice Educational Package

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This project will allow students to explore the people, animals and environment of the Arctic sea ice in a visually stunning and captivating framework that makes learning science and culture an adventure of its own. The Arctic Sea Ice Educational Package is based on a modular concept, such that educators can adapt and organize the various components of each unit to fit their own teaching methods and lesson plans. Designed for classrooms, interpretation centres and independent study, the package will be distributed online accompanied by a teacher's guide. Each component will include a multi-media feature, classroom and field activities, links to resources, and lesson plans for educators linked to 8-12 science and cultural curriculum.

This capacity for this project was developed during International Polar Year in collaboration with the Nunavut Department of Education. Several lesson plans have been tested in classrooms and with outreach organizations. We are currently seeking funding to expand and complete the project and to supplement distribution and workshops in northern communities. This includes incorporating the lesson plans into our online interactive mapping platform linking multimedia and results from ongoing community based programs in Hudson Bay to each unit.

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People of a Feather
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As featured by HotDocs for Schools Program and Winner of New York International TV and Film Awards for Educational Programs!

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Support Inuit Youth and Education Programs

daniel_qavvikThis is Daniel Qavvik, lead youth featured in People of a Feather. Following involvement with our programs, he completed his training as “Student of the Year” at the Nunavut Arctic College and became the first Inuit wildlife officer in his hometown of Sanikiluaq! Since People of a Feather was released, many youth have approached us about getting involved in community based research programs. Help us continue to inspire youth like Daniel by donating to support our education and youth engagement programs.

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