The expedition focused on students gaining first-hand experiences visiting Arctic communities. They started in Ottawa before travelling via plane and ship through Resolute Bay, Davis Strait, and along the Western coast of Greenland and to Kangerlussaq. The expedition revolved around the immersive experiences of engaging and learning from the people within the communities, outdoor workshops on survival in the Arctic as well as cultural and traditional experiences such as seal skinning.
Clay Webb, Power To Be Curriculum Coordinator, was most impacted by the strong sense of culture that surrounded him. “Seeing Northern youth being so proud of their culture, performing traditional seal skinning, and seeing how inspired they were to be creative, it left me feeling connected too,” Clay says. “It reminded us all of how important it is to celebrate the culture that surrounds us.”
It’s a sentiment that Breyn, Power To Be Wilderness school alumnus shares.
“Having the experience of eating narwhal was such a huge moment,” Breyn says. “Knowing that for many of the northern youth having narwhal on the table is a common occurrence and being able to share in that experience, while sharing and listening to their stories, it was truly an incredible moment.“