Glaciers, Culture and Life in the Arctic: An Educational Broadcast

Satellite-based video conferencing technology is being utilized once again onboard RCGS Resolute through Connected North and a ground-breaking program with Ecosystem Leader TakingITGlobal that delivers virtual education alongside our long term partner Ocean Wise. The educational broadcast will discuss interactions of the physical environment – glaciers, culture and life in the Arctic.

A ‘Cisco’ unit is currently broadcasting from a remote region in the Canadian Arctic during our Classic Northwest Passage and Greenland voyage. Featuring Guest Speakers Inuk Culture Expert Alex Anaviapik and Glaciologist Dr. Christine Dow, the technology is connecting classrooms from across Canada directly to the ship in destination.

A classroom connects remotely to the ship in the Arctic
A classroom connects remotely via Connected North

Alex, from Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), is a leader for Ikaarvik: Barriers to Bridges program and the Ocean Bridge ocean literacy program. She is an artist, volunteer, researcher, and cultural guide onboard RCGS Resolute.

Alex Anaviapik womens day
Alex Anaviapik, OOE Inuit Guide. Image by Jeff Topham

Dr. Dow is a Glaciologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo. She currently onboard running an undergraduate course with Dr. Natalie Carter with fifteen University of Waterloo students and is teaching Arctic physical geography which includes glaciers, oceans, landforms, and climate change.

Arctic Field School group from the University of Waterloo
Dr. Christine Dow with her Arctic Field School group from the University of Waterloo

The broadcast took place on September 9th, 2019 live from Baffin Bay, with Connected North schools across Northern Canada interacting directly with Alex and Dr. Dow from RCGS Resolute.

After the initial broadcast in March 2019, and several well-received broadcasts over the summer months at the Vancouver Aquarium, we are excited to see the technology being used to once again broadcast into schools that are back in session. The successful first broadcast featured Dr. Friedlaender and his team from the California Ocean Alliance sharing their in-depth knowledge and research that aims to improve the understanding of whales. They also took some time to teach viewers about their use of non-invasive suction cup video tags and drones that help them research the feeding and social behavior of the whales.

We hope to continue to provide broadcasts from remote areas of the globe to students through Connected North, Ocean Wise, and CanadianGeographic Education.

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