We all bear witness to what is going on around us and to our planet. Through knowledge, learning
and experience, it's our collective responsibility to do something to ensure its protection and future.
The goals and objectives of the BearWitness Arctic Expedition are to celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday,
make connections between people and place, conduct meaningful and useful science and to create
awareness of the challenges facing the Arctic. In our technologically dependent lives, a better
understanding and appreciation of our environment and natural world are more important than ever.
In April 2017, travelling by ski and pulling heavy sleds, an international team of explorers will
circumnavigate Bylot Island in Nunavut. Located off the Northern tip of Baffin Island in the
Canadian High Arctic, the island is remote, historical and significant.
The expedition team will bear witness to the changes taking place and, just as importantly, be students,
listeners and storytellers along the way, The Bear Witness Arctic Expedition team are a group who
care and are driven enough to attempt something that's never been done before. In this, one of the
most remote and challenging environments on the planet, the expedition will not only celebrate
Canada's Arctic but create awareness, knowledge and understanding.