2014 Finalists

Four teams were shortlisted for the 2014 Arctic Inspiration Prize for their knowledge to action plans focusing on issues of critical importance in Canada’s North: the sexual health of northern youth, clean and sustainable energy, and community-based, community-driven research and knowledge mobilization.

FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth)

The sexual health of Northern youth is a serious public health concern, with extremely high rates of sexually transmitted infections, adolescent pregnancy, and sexual violence across the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon. The community-based participatory action research project FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) proposes to work with an exceptional team of youth, Elders, educators, community-based researchers, and artists to create a program that is relevant and accessible to Northern youth of all genders, in all three territories. Through school-based workshops, Peer Leadership Retreats, a community-based participatory action research plan, and knowledge dissemination activities, FOXY proposes to work with young women and men across the North to facilitate dialogue about sexual health issues, develop leadership and coping skills, and build greater self-confidence for making healthy life choices. arcticfoxy.com

Team Leader: Candice Lys, FOXY / Nominator: Honourable Robert R. McLeod, Premier of the Northwest Territories

Old Crow Solar Project

Like in most remote northern communities, the majority of power requirements in the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation community of Old Crow, Yukon are met by the combustion of diesel fuel. To support the community’s goal of building a healthy, stable and sustainable community, the Vuntut Gwitchin Government in partnership with Sea Breeze Microgrid Systems Inc. and Yukon College’s Cold Climate Innovation Centre is proposing to develop a solar-diesel-storage hybrid energy system as a more environmentally sound and economically viable energy alternative to diesel combustion. The proposed project would involve the training of community members to manage and maintain the new technology and create job opportunities in addition to providing an environmentally sustainable model for clean energy that could be applied across the North. www.seabreezepower.com

Team Leader: Sanjin Banjac, Sea Breeze Microgrid Systems Inc. / Nominator: Jim Connell, Deputy Minister of Environment, Government of Yukon

The Hudson Bay Network

Inuit and Cree communities across Hudson Bay are concerned with increasing changes to sea ice ecosystems resulting from climate change and development. The Arctic Eider Society, partnering with Inuit and Cree community leaders, regional governments and researchers from university and government, are proposing to empower communities to conduct their own environmental research, develop collaborative governance structures and build sustainable solutions for stewardship through a network of community driven research programs. Their knowledge to action plan proposes to produce a cutting-edge Interactive Knowledge Mapping Platform in collaboration with Google Earth to make Traditional Knowledge and near real-time results from community programs accessible to policy makers, communities, students and the public in an easy-to-use online interface. www.arcticeider.com

Team Leader: Joel P. Heath, Arctic Eider Society / Nominator: Terry Audla, President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

The Inuvialuit Settlement Region Community-Based Monitoring Program (ISR-CBMP)

The ISR-CBMP aims to create and apply new knowledge for regional decision-making in support of the principles of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement and to promote sustainable development within the ISR. The Inuvialuit Game Council, the Fisheries Joint Management Committee, the Yukon North Slope Management Advisory Committee and the Northwest Territories Wildlife Management Advisory Committee, partnering with Trent University and a team of technical advisors are proposing to train wildlife and environmental monitoring technicians in six ISR communities to implement regionally coordinated monitoring projects. They further propose to develop a centralized geo-spatial data management system to provide access to project information as well as historic datasets for multiple users. www.jointsecretariat.ca/ISR-CBMP/

Team Leader: Frank Pokiak, Inuvialuit Game Council / Nominator: Louie Porta, Director of Policy, Oceans North