2019 Governor General’s Innovation Award Laureate – Smart Ice

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GG06-2019-0122-028 29/05/2019 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, presided over the Governor General’s Innovation Awards during a ceremony held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa,Ont. on May 29, 2019. *** Son Excellence la très honorable Julie Payette, gouverneure générale du Canada, a présidé la cérémonie des Prix du Gouverneur général pour l’innovation à Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Ont. le 29 mai 2019. Credit/Mention de source : MCpl Mathieu Gaudreault, Rideau Hall, OSGG-BSGG, 2019

by Canadian Innovation Space
Jul 04, 2019

Making ice travel safe.

Sea ice is not only a hunting platform and travel highway; it has, for centuries, defined Inuit culture and identity. Now, because of climate change, Inuit are increasingly concerned about their travel safety and the impacts that declining ice conditions are having on community well-being. Specially designed technologies such as the SmartQAMUTIK and SmartBUOY empower communities to monitor their own ice trails. For the first time, such technology is being produced for Inuit communities by Inuit youth in Inuit Nunangat (Inuit homeland in Canada), and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit societal values and knowledge) is being combined with technical training for local residents to operate and manage SmartICE services in their communities.

The SmartICE team is represented by Trevor Bell, Shelly Elverum, Jenny Mosesie, Shawna Dicker

For a deeper understanding of Smart Ice’s work, please see the introductory video presented during the 2019 Governor General’s Innovation Awards ceremony:

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