OTTAWA, April 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq,
Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks
Canada, announced Parks Canada's sponsorship of student participation
in Students on Ice, an award-winning organization offering unique
educational expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. Through this
unique initiative, Parks Canada is supporting youth and Aboriginal
leadership development and building connections between northern and
Through a three year agreement, Parks Canada will contribute
approximately $150,000 a year to sponsor 13 new student participants
per year in the Students on Ice program - seven selected from the North
and six from the South.
For the seven students selected in the North, Parks Canada will be
creating seven new summer jobs in northern national parks. The
application process for these northern positions will be launched on
the Parks Canada website (http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/apprend-learn/glace-ice/glace-ice.aspx). The six students selected from the South have been identified through
an established selection process for Parks Canada summer jobs in
Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
The 13 students will be together July 9-24, 2014 as Students on Ice
participate in a ship and land-based expedition exploring the eastern
Canadian Arctic and western Greenland. In this first year, the program
will feature Torngat Mountains National Park (Labrador). This program
will be offered again in 2015, featuring Sirmilik National Park
(Nunavut), and in 2016 featuring Auyuittuq National Park (Nunavut).
In addition to a summer job with Parks Canada, the selected students
will fully participate in the Students on Ice program and will be
assigned a project to reach out and connect with Canada's youth through
videography and other social media.
The participants will have an opportunity to promote their Arctic
experiences to Parks Canada visitors and through urban outreach.
Canada's North is home to some of the world's most spectacular scenery,
unique wildlife and pristine wilderness. Northern national parks,
national historic sites and national marine conservation areas are key
natural, cultural, recreation and tourism assets.
Parks Canada has a number of existing programs that engage young
Canadians, including: My Parks Pass; Canada's Coolest School Trip; the Parks Canada Youth Ambassador Program; and engaging interpretive and educational experiences at many parks and
sites. Through projects like these, Parks Canada seeks to better
connect with young Canadians and share the treasures of our collective
heritage with the next generation.
"I'm proud to support participation in the Students on Ice Program.
Through this initiative, our Government is contributing to the
development of future youth and northern Aboriginal leaders, helping to
build bridges between Northern and Southern Canada, and increasing
connection among Canada's youth to Parks Canada's special places."
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and
Minister responsible for Parks Canada
"Students on Ice is thrilled to be working with Parks Canada to help
provide 13 youth with an inspiring, once-in-a-lifetime educational
opportunity in the Canadian Arctic. By working together, we will help
these future leaders foster a new understanding and respect for the
Arctic, the planet and become globally minded ambassadors."
Geoff Green, Founder, Executive Director and Expedition Leader, Students
Backgrounder: Parks Canada and Students on Ice
Parks Canada: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/apprend-learn/glace-ice/glace-ice.aspx
Students on Ice: www.studentsonice.com
About Parks Canada
Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage
is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and
appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future. Through a
network of 44 national parks, 167 national historic sites and four
national marine conservation areas, Parks Canada sets the stage and
invites Canadians, as well as people from around the world, to engage
in personal moments of inspiring discovery of our treasured natural and
About Students on Ice
Students on Ice is an award-winning organization offering unique
educational expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. Their mandate
is to provide students, educators and scientists from around the world
with inspiring educational opportunities at the ends of the Earth and,
in doing so, help them foster a new understanding and respect for the
SOURCE: Parks Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment
Manager, Communications and Media Relations
Students on Ice