ARCBIO's communication team heads north

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A biologist, an anthropologist, a media specialist, and a scientific communicator board a plane.

That marks the start of the communication team’s journey north – not a bad joke. Our team of four headed to Nunavut via Yellowknife on February 18th, 2019 to begin consultations for Arctic BIOSCAN (ARCBIO). The project aims to help track the state of biodiversity in the Canadian Arctic, beginning in the communities of Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk, Nunavut.

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After an overnight stay in Yellowknife where, regrettably, we did not witness the northern lights, we moved on to Cambridge Bay.

Before the settlement of Cambridge Bay existed, the land it occupies was known as Ikalutuuttiaq, meaning ‘a place of many fish’ in the Inuinnaqtun language. Cambridge Bay is the administrative and business centre of the Kitikmeot Region, an important stop for cruises and private ships traversing the Northwest Passage.

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We landed into a beautiful ice desert at -49°C, grabbed our gear and drove over to the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS). We met with CHARS staff, received our keys, and slowly made our way into town to grab some supplies for dinner.

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We landed into a beautiful ice desert at -49°C, grabbed our gear and drove over to the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS). We met Ian Hogg and other CHARS staff, grabbed our keys for our accommodation in one of the triplex on the CHARS campus and headed into the heart of the hamlet to get some supplies for dinner. On the menu: beef stir fry! Even Alex, on his paleo diet, was happy with the choice (skipping on the teriyaki sauce of course). Fed and exhausted from the journey, we head to bed eager to start refreshed the next day.

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