Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour 2017
Start date: 2 June, 2017
End date: 31 August, 2017
The Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour 2017 (CAAT 2017) was created to bring Canada 150 celebrations to Canada’s North. Founded by a group of Albertans who hold a deep appreciation for the role Canada’s geography ‘north of 60’ and its people play in defining who we are, they set out to ensure every community had equal opportunity to participate in this milestone celebration.
This endeavour will unfold in the form of a massive 9-week air show tour that will reach every one of Canada’s northern communities, spanning three territories and two provinces. That’s 97 air shows! Beginning June 2, a group of professional air show pilots will embark on this ambitious arctic journey that will entertain through the magic of flight.
In addition to the air show tour, the CAAT will also include a large educational component that targets youth. With support of school boards, social workers and community leaders, CAAT is working with organizations like WE, the Ryan Poe Foundation and indigenous author, educator and speaker David Bouchard, to engage Canada’s northern youth, and challenge them to reflect on how they fit into and can help shape our country’s next 150 years.
Nature of the Project Reach
Geographically, this Carbon Zero Certified project will span 16,700 nautical miles and visit every community across the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, plus additional communities in Nunavik (Northern Quebec) and Nunatsiavut (part of Labrador). Intellectually, the project will aim to reach hundreds if not thousands of youth to inspire them to reach for their dreams. And nationally, the tour hopes to reach coast to coast to coast through a documentary film production that will capture the tour.
Team Lead Nancy McClure is thrilled to work on this project. She says: “This project speaks to everything that should be important to all of us: culture, education, social justice, heritage and national pride. And it’s all delivered using a vehicle so incredibly important to our north: aviation. What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday?”
The team behind the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour is determined to bring Canada’s milestone celebration to as many people north of 60 as they can, hopefully inspiring a few generations of aviators, dreamers and explorers. Canada’s Northern youth will be challenged to understand what it means to be Canadian, and dream about what the future holds for the next 150 years, how they will be part of that dream, providing meaningful change and lasting legacies for future generations.
The Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour is fundraising (via www.crowdrise.com) to help offset many of the costs involved in bringing this incredible event to Canada’s North. For $25, people can purchase a kilometre of the journey and have it dedicated in their name.
- Reach: National
- Theme(s): Education & Research, Environment, International, Sports & Recreation, Youth
- Region(s): Atlantic, Northern Territories, Quebec
- Website: caat2017.com