Inuit Nunangat, Nunatsiavut, Nunavut
Environment, Science, Skills development

Traditionally, Inuit in Nunatsiavut, and across the North, have relied on sea ice travel to access food and other resources. With climate change, sea ice is becoming less reliable for transportation ̶ the season is shorter, and the ice is thinner putting sea ice travel at risk. SmartICE (Sea-ice Monitoring And Real-Time Information for Coastal Environments), a Northern social enterprise, was awarded $400,000 to develop innovative technology for a near real-time monitoring and reporting system. SmartICE’s multi-disciplinary partnership of community, academic, government and industry will work to integrating Inuit traditional knowledge to inform decisions about coastal sea-ice travel and shipping. SmartICE is committed to training and employing Inuit staff to build and operate the devices and has a long-term plan to expand service across the Arctic.

(Note that this project was a Finalist prior to 2017, when the current 3-tiered prize model was put in place. Their nomination therefore does not correspond to a particular category.)

Nominator: Clint Davis, Chair and Levi Barnabas, Chair
Nunatsiavut Group of Companies and Qikiqtaaluk Corporation
Trevor Bell, Professor, Memorial University (Team Leader), Joey Angnatok, Andrew Arreak, Steven Baillie, Robert Briggs, Thomas Cooper, Shelly Elverum, David Grant, Christian Hass, Mark Kapfer, Tim Keane, Rodd Laing, Sheldon Nimchuk, Dana Parsons, Ayon Shahed, Kristy Sheppard, Natasha Simonee, Eric Solomon, Katherine Wilson, Taylor Young


Where Eagles Land
Artist: Mark Preston