Preparing Green Edge project
Marie-Helene Forget and Joannie Ferland, coordinators of the program Green Edge starting in three weeks from now, came from Quebec to meet people and visit places on site before taking final decisions. Finding accommodation, cafeteria, transportation, laboratory, and organizing sea ice field work for up to 20 people together in a village of 500 people, this is not an easy task! We have been working with the local municipality since last December. For 5 busy days, Marie-Helene and Joannie were able to meet, visit and confirm our wish that this program should benefit to the local community using Inuit's skills (sled construction, guides, polar bear monitors, cook assistant...), choosing private accommodation, developing educational projects with the school... To inform about our needs and involve residents, the public meeting at the community hall was a success. During a weekend on the ice, Eric led them to the intended study site to check the route and watch sea ice conditions. On Sunday, everyone went to the diving site. Collecting seaweed, sea urchins and clams, and also sliding on Broughton Island slopes in the beautiful low sun light. Some clams were enjoyed the same night on board Vagabond! It was a week with no school for Leonie and Aurore, who also had fun with our two visitors!