Mission Arctic: History, Science and Exploration
Start date: 15 June, 2017
End date: 1 October, 2017
The Arctic is revealing its hidden secrets. Join us, a team of passionate Arctic scientists, researchers, filmmakers and polar explorers as we head off on a never-before attempted eco-expedition into the heart of the melting Arctic to discover and document unique historic, biological and climate-related sites in areas accessible for the first time in history. Sailing on a purpose-built expedition sailboat into newly- exposed waterways, our team will access remote stretches of the High Arctic. There we will conduct meaningful glacier and iceberg science for the Arctic Research Center, search for the northernmost woolly mammoth remains in America, document pre-Inuit archaeological sites, historic Inuit sites, and the lost remnants of several historical expeditions, particularly the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913-1918. We will examine the impacts and implications of the Arctic thaw on our planet, our Arctic, and our selves, and produce exciting media products for an international audience to follow, in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Nature of the Project Reach
The Mission Arctic project will initially reach the communities of Nunavut and Northwest Territories personally, then all Canadians and an intrigued international audience through our outreach activities including website, blogs, and documentary film.
1. To discover and document unique historic, biological and climate-related sites in the High Arctic.
2. To conduct meaningful glacier and iceberg science for the Arctic Research Center.
3. To search for ice-age fossils including the woolly mammoth.
4. To document archaeological sites, historic Inuit sites, and sites of the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913-1918.
5. To produce exciting media products for an international audience in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Opportunities include collaboration during our Arctic expedition, especially during community visits and sponsorship and partner arrangements.