Start date: 21 June, 2017
End date: 1 July, 2019
As we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, a team of passionate Arctic scientists, researchers, filmmakers and polar explorers are launching a never-before-attempted sailing expedition into the melting ice to chart, capture, measure, and document the unexplored stretches and lost treasures of the rapidly changing Arctic environment. During this 2-part extreme eco-expedition, our team will push into newly- exposed waterways, to search for the northernmost woolly mammoth remains in North America, conduct meaningful glacier and iceberg science for the Arctic Research Center, document pre-Inuit archaeological sites and lost remnants of several historical expeditions. We will examine the impacts and implications of the Arctic thaw on our planet and people while producing exciting media products for an international audience, most particularly, kids!
Nature of the Project Reach
Vanguard aims to use every type of medium for outreach. During this project, Mission Arctic will use livefeeds, film, social media, school visits, publications, science tours, and personal outreach to bring this work to the public. ALWAYS open source in favor of equal access.
1. Through scientific means and methods, data gathering, collection, preservation, and documentation of current state Arctic conditions, particularly focused on climate, water, glaciology, geology, archeology, and behavioral sciences.
2. Leading from the front in citizen science through exploration.
3. Achieving our programmatic goals of Exploration, Education, Encouragement, and EGAD!
4. Proactively pivoting in educational techniques to bring about adaptive change to human behavior in order to meet the future.
a. Collaborators: Canadian citizens collaborators, particularly school kids, that want to follow along, send us ideas and messages for encouragement, and to interact along the journey are WELCOMED! Your encouragement, questions, and ideas are what fuel our 6-member team when it is freezing and they are wet, cold, and staring at ice to chop. b. Gear: Sponsors for gear of all types, including sails, outboard motors, rigid-hulled dinghy, full-weather sailing attire, rigging, food stores, and beer. c. Funds: Sponsors for funding, whether specific or general, are needed for this charity. However, we like to make even that about joining the Vanguard Tribe, not just an exchange of currency. We want to learn from our sponsors, too, so we can be better stewards of their trust. d. Proof of Concept: Vanguards are looking to do something new in education, and as scientists we know that means it is a theory that needs proof. If we are inspiring citizen scientists, we need to see examples of it, an echo to our mission. It is a huge project need for us to get letters, pictures, clips, websites, links, references, or other proof that what we do is achieving our primary goal.