Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian Museum of Nature
Students on Ice Expeditions

Students on Ice Expeditions

July 24, 2009 11:11 ET

Media Advisory: 60 Students From Canada and Other Countries Gather for Arctic Expedition Launch

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 24, 2009) -

What: The official launch of the 2009 Arctic Expedition organized by
Students on Ice, an award-winning organization that brings
students, aged 14-19, on educational expeditions to the Arctic and
the Antarctic.

Who: Sixty Canadian and international students (from every province and
territory as well as the United States, Monaco and South Korea)
will join a team of scientists and educators from July 30 to
August 13 for a ship-based educational experience of a lifetime in
the Canadian Artic.

When: The launch will take place on July 30, 2009 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30
p.m. (Students arrive in Ottawa on July 29 and leave for Kuujjuaq,
Nunavik on July 31, where they will board their expedition ice
breaker and sail to the Baffin Island region.)

Where: Canadian Museum of Nature, Natural Heritage Building, 1740 Pink
Road, Gatineau (Aylmer sector), Quebec.

Why: This expedition offers youth a unique educational opportunity to
learn first-hand about environmental issues in Canada's Arctic,
such as climate change impacts, as well as cultural issues
surrounding our northern peoples.

Schedule on July 30:

9:30 - 11:30 Students visit the national collections of the Canadian
Museum of Nature. Their tour will include the herbarium,
vertebrate fossils, minerals, DNA Lab, 3D Imaging Center,
and a presentation on diatoms, and the focus will be on
Arctic specimens.

11:30-noon Interviews will be available with the media.(i)

12:00 Song by Canadian folk singer Ian Tamblyn
Performance by Inuit throat singers
Speeches by:
- Mary Simon, President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (TBD)
- Joanne DiCosimo, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum
of Nature
- Geoff Green, founder of Students on Ice and Expedition

12:50 Speeches conclude. BBQ lunch is served.

14:30 Students take part in "speed mingling" icebreaker activity.

15:15 Students depart for Parliament Hill.

For details about the expedition, or to reach the team while on ship, contact Chris Ralph at Students on Ice at 819-827-3300 or by email at

(i) To arrange an interview or to shoot footage while the students are visiting the CMN collections, please contact Dan Smythe, Senior Media Relations Officer at the Canadian Museum of Nature, at 613-566-4781 or by email at

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