Four Yellowknife high school seniors will be teaming up with students from Wilfrid Laurier University for an environmental field course studying wintertime hydrological processes.
The Waterloo, Ontario-based university now has an office in Yellowknife, as well as a research site 50 km south of Fort Simpson.
The course will offer students the chance to learn from eight undergraduate students in the Geography and Environmental Studies program at the Hoarfrost River field site about 260 km northeast of Yellowknife.
The students will have the opportunity to conduct this research using state of the art technology provided by the university.
But director of Laurier’s Cold Regions Research center Bill Quinton says the local students will also be sharing their Northern knowledge with Laurier’s students.
They’re not just going to go there to learn, they’re going to got there to teach.
Quinton says with the environmental issues currently affecting the North it’s important to incorporate knowledge from all perspectives.
My sense is I think we sort of need all hands on deck from different traditions to really come up with solutions and share knowledge and ideas about how to adapt to changing environments.
Herman Catholique from Lutselk’e will be sharing traditional knowledge about the land, environment and ecosystem during the course.
The program runs from February 10th to 17th.