Meet another one of our 2017 Young Leaders' Summit on Northern Climate Change Participants: Julia!
Home Community: Hay River, NT
Current Position: Biomedical studies student at the University of Northern British Columbia
Why the issue of climate change is important to Julia:
"The issue of climate change is important to me because the environment plays a vital role in sustaining many aspects of Northerners’ health. I am very interested in the relationship between the North’s environmental health and the physical, cultural, and economic health of its inhabitants."
A fun fact about Julia:
"I’m an outdoor adventure enthusiast!"
We are excited to have Julia come share her love for the outdoors with us!
Martha will be joining us from the NWT to participate in the 2017 Young Leaders' Summit on Northern Climate Change!
Home Community: Yellowknife
Currently, Martha is: working for Dillon Consulting as part of a co-op work term, spending the next two months working out of the Yellowknife office doing fieldwork in communities across the Northwest Territories
She is also: Studying Environmental Engineering at the University of Guelph with one semester until graduation!
Martha's dream job: Professional Engineer/radio show host
Her favorite hobbies: Listening to podcasts, trying to ‘mountain’ bike, reading, petting fuzzy animals, board games
Why the issue of climate change is important to Martha:
"Climate change is an important issue to me both personally and as I look to my future professional career. Particularly as I progress in my engineering studies and career, I am learning more and gaining a better understanding of the impacts of climate change on northern communities. Understanding how the changing climate impacts people’s lives in the North is important in developing appropriate and impactful engineering designs for these communities."
Why she decided to apply for the 2017 Summit:
"When discovering the Summit I was excited to apply because of the potential to meet a diverse group of similarly minded youth from across the Northern territories. I have had few opportunities to meet youth from the Yukon and Nunavut, and am interested in learning about the experiences and opinions of others as they relate to how the changing climate has influence their lives and communities."
See you in the Yukon, Martha!
Get to know Clayton, one of the 2017 Young Leaders' Summit participants!
Home Community: Inuvik
Currently, Clayton: Volunteers at the SPCA
In the fall, Clayton will: Begin the University and College Access Program at Aurora College, before proceeding into the Environmental Studies Program!
His dream job: Anything pertaining to Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management
Why the issue of climate change is important to Clayton:
"It’s important to me because I care about the land I grew up on, noticing the changes around the North. Also to leave a healthier environment for my Son and the next generation, and show them that we need to be active in our part in preserving our home in these changing times."
Why he decided to apply for the 2017 Summit:
"For more experience in the environmental field and to learn what others have to say about it."
A fun fact about Clayton: "I’m nerdy, also I love space and astronomy."
We are excited to have Clayton coming to Whitehorse to share with us what he has noticed about the land changing around him! Follow us on Facebook to stay updated on our journey!
Meet Shailyn, one of the participants that will be joining us for the 2017 Young Leaders' Summit on Northern Climate Change!
Home Community: Whitehorse, Yukon
Currently working as: the Climate Change Community Liaison at the Council Yukon of First Nations
Shailyn's dream job: University Professor
Why the issue of climate change is important to Shailyn:
"The issue of climate change is important to me because I have been seeing noticeable ecological changes occurring in the Yukon, and I know changes will continue in future years. I find certain aspects of climate change to be particularly interesting, especially the need for adaptive management approaches to address these changes, such as protected areas and range expansions of species. Climate change is front and center in my role at the Council of Yukon First Nations, because I support Yukon (and northern BC) First Nations get their climate change projects off the ground. "
Why she decided to apply for the 2017 Summit:
"I wanted to apply for the summit because I wanted to expand my knowledge of climate change issues and to learn from other young leaders. I hope that the things I will learn with help me in my current role, and I look forward to broaden my understanding of concerns from other communities across the Canada’s north."
A fun fact about Shailyn: She completed her first marathon this summer - the Dempster to Dawson Solstice Race!
We can't wait to have Shailyn join us and share her experiences with the group! See you in Whitehorse, August 16th to 22nd, 2017!
Stay tuned for updates during the 2017 Young Leaders' Summit on Northern Climate Change, taking place August 16th to 22nd, 2017 in Whitehorse, Yukon.
In the meantime, read about past events on the Previous Summits tab.