Arctic scientific collaboration a success in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut

Ikaarvik: Barriers to Bridges finds success with the help of Junior Canadian Rangers in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. It's a collaboration between Inuit communities and marine scientsts.

Junior Canadian Rangers join collaboration with scientists for Ikaarvik: Barriers to Bridges

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      A group of Junior Canadian Rangers in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut is the latest group in Nunavut to get involved in Ikaarvik: Barriers to Bridges.

      It's a program of researchers with the Vancouver Aquarium and other organizations that collaborate with Inuit communities. The program won an Arctic Inspiration Prize in 2013.

      So far, five communities in Nunavut are apart of the effort.

      Researchers with Ikaarvik work with Junior Canadian Rangers in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. (courtesy of Ikaarvik: Barriers to Bridges)

      "It's good for them cause it's a new experience and they're gonna get to know more about the ocean," says Betty Kogvik, a leader with the Gjoa Haven Junior Canadian Rangers.

      "The leads and the mentors will be working with these youth," says Eric Solomon, Ikaarvik team leader and director of Arctic programs at the Vancouver Aquarium.  

      "To help them understand better about science, how science works, the kinds of questions that scientists ask and why so they can begin to work effectively with scientists in a collaborative way."

      Solomon says a big part of the project includes incorporating Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit. 

      The Junior Rangers helped Solomon collect data about the ocean and environment in and around Gjoa Haven.

      Ikaarvik has also had success in Pond Inlet, Nunavut. The program will head to Pangnirtung, Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk in the near future.