The lecture series and this event were a part of the 75 anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Iceland organized by the Embassy of Canada in Reykjavík, Embassy of Iceland in Ottawa in partnership with Polar Knowledge Canada and the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN).
The webinar was a conversation with Trevor Bell and his team from SmartICE - a Canadian award-winning social enterprise that empowers northern communities to adapt to increasingly unpredictable ice conditions with remote monitoring technology and Indigenous knowledge.
This interactive discussion involved SmartICE staff from across Inuit Nunangat communities, including Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven), Nunainguk (Nain), and Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay). It explored Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit knowledge and values) of safe ice travel, Inuit ways of knowing and learning in the context of operator training (Pilimmaksaqniq Sikulirijimik), and the co-creation of community Ice Travel Safety Maps (Sikumik Qaujimajjuti).
Through local expertise, innovative technology and support for traditional sea ice practices, SmartICE is creating a new business model that maximizes social impact, creates positive community change and builds climate change resilience.