How can we help? How can we best communicate what is happening to the environment?

Through creative thinking, local actions and interactive connections this project aims to answer these questions.

For Manitoba (Canada), these connections will consist of four steps:

1 – Connecting Collège Churchill and the Natural Resource Institute (NRI) at University of Manitoba.

            The Natural Resource Institute is a graduate-level interdisciplinary department. Therefore, environmental issues within Manitoba are examined through a combination of disciplines, from sociology, anthropology to biology and ecology. Which is extremely important when any environmental issue is to be addressed. As it is imperative that we understand and study all impacts: social, cultural, economic, biological and ecological.

           There are a number of NRI female scientists that are collaborating with different university departments and First Nation communities as to reach consensus about local-level solutions.

            Because, NRI is a graduate-level department it has no connections with high school students. The goal here is to make that connection, not to promote the transition of high school students to post-secondary studies, but to get more passionate students involved in environmental research.

2 – Connecting Hollow Water First Nation school with Natural Resource Institute at university of Manitoba

            Hollow Water First Nation is one of many northern communities that face a number of environmental issues. These issues have extremely different social and economic impacts in northern communities, in comparison to any other community within Manitoba. Their geographical isolation from the rest of the province makes it extremely difficult, for example, for lake eutrophication to be addressed. This is a Hollow Water environmental issue that is currently limiting the community to have access to drinkable water. There are then combinations of academic disciplines that can assess such a problem. Here we are offering an interdisciplinary approach as to examine and promote environmental action and bring us one step closer to a local-level solution.

3 – Connecting Collège Churchill with Hollow Water First Nation School.

            There is a high number of high school students in Manitoba that are not aware of the impacts that environmental issues, such as lake eutrophication, have on First Nation communities. The same way that climate change is drastically affecting developing countries at a higher rate than it is affecting developed countries, Manitoba environmental issues have greater detrimental impacts for First Nation communities. Therefore, there is a need to make a connection and show students how this is happening and what actions can be taken to decrease the impacts on such communities.

4 – Connection with Homeward Bound project and expedition to Antarctica.

            All participants from step 1 to 3 will be invited to connect with Homeward Bound. As this will make all participants think about their future from a local to a global scale.

            The Homeward Bound project consists of 78 women from around the world that are collaboratively working together towards environmental sustainability. The emphasis is to have more women with leadership roles, because as best explained by the organizer of homeward bound, Fabian Dattner: “Women are the backbone of the not‐for‐profit, disability and education sectors, they are emerging in all universities as significant percentages of graduates, they take up significant percentages or our workforce and they provide the most unpaid community work. They do most of the work in our homes, are more trustworthy with money and they excel at all but four of 16 well researched leadership capabilities. And they are in a profound minority in executive decision making roles which shape our future”.

            All connections will be made through interactive presentations and activities: workshops, seminars, skype calls and email exchanges. These will be contingent to the number of participants and authorizations from Frontier school division and Winnipeg school division.