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Tuesday September 8 2015 15 EDUCATION CLIMATE CHANGE BY CRAIG GILBERT How do you take a group of eight people 30 years old or younger experts in their eld put them together and get them excited about their own research Three words Super-experiential learning. Two more eld trip. Attended by eight young women aged 18 to 30 years the 2015 Ecology North Young Leaders Summit on Northern Climate Change looked a whole lot different than the last edi- tion in 2013 which was a hotel-based work- shop-centred event according to Ecology Norths Hay River representative Marissa Oteiza. There were lectures too but its been proven the learning is more meaning- ful if its hands-on she said. It was super-experiential. From forest re research near Fort Smith to fossil hunting in Hay River to sampling permafrost near Yellowknife the partici- pants spent ve days from Aug. 23-28 tour- ing the South Slave camping the whole way. They also learned about far North agricul- ture and sustainable farming at the Northern Farm Training Institute in Hay River and made stops in Behchoko and Fort Providence. Presenters included scientists climatolo- gists and community elders. It was nice to have the tenting experience to be on the land youre talking about she said. And we had a variety of perspectives because with one exception none of the participants had been to any of the places we visited. Oteiza said this new travelling format is probably here to stay rejigged to cut down on driving time. At the end of each summit the participants typically write a declaration on how the NWT can react to climate change based on what theyve learned and shared with each other. ThisyearwasthefourthYoungLeaderssum- mit.PasteditionswerestagedinInuvikYellow- knifeandWhitehorseinthatorder.Fourofthe participantswerefromtheNWTtwoeachwere from Nunavut and Whitehorse. The all-female castwasntbydesignbutitwasntreallyauke either. For one reason or another 98 per cent of the applicants were women. Inyearspastwevehadmoremen.Itcouldbe avarietyofreasonsthesummitislongernow soyouhavetotakeanentireweekoffworkshe said.Theseareleadersintheirrespectiveelds whohappentobewomen.Hopefullymoremen will apply. We hope for a 5050 split. Super-experiential learning across the territories PhotocourtesyofEcologyNorth Eight researchers toured the South Slave conducting forest re research near Fort Smith and permafrost sampling near Yellowknife.