The Arctic Voice expedition team are gathering in Kugluktuk to begin the second phase of the expedition. In August 2007 Stephen Doughty and I completed the first 900 mile phase of the expedition which took us from Inuvik in the Canadian North West Territories to Kugluktuk in Nunavut. The journey was very eventful as you can see from last year’s blog. As well as fending off bear attacks and getting stuck in ice, we learned an enormous amount about the people of the Canadian Arctic and the changes they are experiencing because of climate change. We were privileged to meet so many interesting, kind and welcoming people during our journey.
Stephen and I, together with our new American team member, Alison Sigethy, are preparing to undertake Phase 2 of the expedition. This will take us 600 miles east from Kugluktuk to Cambridge Bay through one of the most remote places on Earth. We also hope to visit Gjoa Haven to visit two of our link schools. As last year, we aim to visit schools along the route in the hope that we can further the links between the Arctic schools and those in the UK.
We also hope to continue our research into how climate change is affecting the people and environment along the Northwest Passage. Change is happening fast – ironically in 2007 — the Passage became ice free for the first time in living history. During last year’s journey the people we met told us of diminishing and thinning ice, changing migration patterns, hotter summers, milder winters and the appearance of unexpected plants and insects to mention but a few changes. Through the Expedition and the Educational Project I hope to do what I can to tell the story of the Inuit and to make people aware of how they can make a difference in their own lives.
Glenn Morris, Arctic Voice Project Leader