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Ocean Wise Arctic Connections initiative bridges southern and northern perspectives, knowledge and ideas. Our goal is to create greater awareness and understanding of important issues that affect both northern and southern Canadians, and to create a place for respectful, solutions-oriented dialogue.
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Innovation in the High Arctic

Ocean Wise joins One Ocean Expeditions to expand Arctic knowledge.

This summer, Ocean Wise has officially joined forces with One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) with the goal of expanding our joint education and research programs around the world on select OOE voyages. After nearly a decade of creating exceptional travel experiences together, the two organizations signed a five-year partnership agreement that represents the innovation needed to […]

Posted on August 14, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Wild Canadian Coastlines 

This Canada Day, Ocean Bridge team member Da Chen recounts his travels to Haida Gwaii and the Arctic.

Over the last year, I visited two magical places in Canada. Last August, I traveled through the Canadian High Arctic with the Students on Ice expedition. In May, I visited the beautiful islands of Haida Gwaii with the Ocean Bridge program from Ocean Wise. At first glance, Haida Gwaii and the Arctic seem quite different. […]

Posted on June 29, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Celebrating Ice Algae on Polar Bear Day

Polar bears sure are getting a lot of attention these days. In fact, today is International Polar Bear Day. We think that’s fine. After all, polar bears are amazing animals, at once cute and deadly, and arguably an icon of the Arctic. But are these unwitting spokesanimals for climate change the only things in the […]

Posted on February 27, 2018 4 min read Continue reading
What Counts as "Arctic?"

I’m in a village called Salluit, in a region of northern Quebec called Nunavik, on the edge of the Hudson Strait. It’s -24 C. There’s snow on the ground. The ocean is frozen. I’m just south of the Arctic Circle, but am I in the Arctic? The answer to that question depends on how we […]

Posted on February 12, 2018 4 min read Continue reading
Protecting the Arctic “Doughnut Hole” from Commercial Fishing

It’s not every day that we have reason to celebrate good news about the ocean, but this week, we do. A new international fishing agreement protecting the Arctic high seas is a game-changer for marine life and the Indigenous peoples who rely on it for social, cultural, economic and nutritional sustenance. On Thursday November 30, […]

Posted on December 5, 2017 3 min read Continue reading
Changing Climate and Culture

“We call it ‘nuna,’” says Mia Otokiak, gesturing to the ground covered in inch-high willow and moss. Nuna means “land” in Inuinnaqtun, and yet it means so much more in Inuit communities across Canada’s North. The nuna is where Inuit like Mia hunt, travel, and reconnect with their roots. In summer, when the nuna becomes […]

Posted on November 23, 2017 4 min read Continue reading
Diving Arctic Waters

This past August, four Ocean Wise divers motored to a remote Arctic islet to conduct a BioBlitz survey. A BioBlitz is a snapshot of Canada’s biodiversity, recorded by scientists and citizen scientists, to mark the country’s 150th anniversary. As one of 35 Bioblitz events coordinated by the Canadian Wildlife Federation, and made possible in part […]

Posted on November 2, 2017 4 min read Continue reading
Arctic Inspiration Prize Allows Ikaarvik to Expand

In 2013, we were honoured to become a Laureate of the Arctic Inspiration Prize for a program called Ikaarvik: Barriers to Bridges. The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre leads Ikaarvik, a program that works with Arctic youth to be the bridge between their communities and science and between generations within their communities. Youth identify important […]

Posted on January 3, 2017 2 min read Continue reading

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