The Arctic Fox Project creates a unique opportunity for high school, adult basic education and undergraduate students to learn hunting and trapping, synchrotron science, Western Science principles, and Traditional Knowledge. The Arctic Fox Project is unrivaled in that it combines Traditional Knowledge and synchrotron light to allow the Arctic animals to teach us more detailed information about them. The project goal is to:

Improve Inuit student representation within STEM post-secondary programs and research careers.

To achieve this goal, the Canadian Light Source and the Canadian Arctic One Health Network (University of Saskatchewan) have together developed the Arctic Fox Project, a science adventure project that engages teachers, students, and communities.

The Canadian Arctic One Health Network addresses complex challenges by engaging multiple disciplines and non-academic stakeholders in the North. Through the Arctic Fox Project, the Canadian Arctic One Health Network will build on their existing network of researchers and community partners to monitor, model, and mitigate One Health threats across the changing Canadian North. 

CLS provides opportunity for high school, adult basic ed., and undergrads to learn Traditional Knowledge and Western ScienceUsing synchrotron light, arctic foxes will be examined to provide students opportunity to conduct their own STEM researchThe Arctic Fox program works with Traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders through various project areas and curriculum


Are you interested in participating in the Arctic Fox Project, either through the workshop sessions, online distance project, or long-term collaborative project?
Fill out the registration form below and we will get in touch with you. 

Project Options

  • Workshop Sessions
    Workshops are delivered on a virtual platform and are intended for a class to be introduced to CLS science projects. They are around 60 minutes long and topics include but are not limited to:
    → Resource Management - Arctic Fox
    → Resource Management - Bison Herd
    → Role of First Nation and Métis Women in Saving the Bison from Extinction
    → Science of Making Bannock (with Traditional Teachings, Chemistry, and Physics themes)
    → Beading & Math Medallion
    → Soil Analysis
    → Agricultural Production
    → Light Refraction
    → Careers in Science & Research
    → How to See Yourself in Science
    → Food Sovereignty
    → What is a Synchrotron
    → Teacher Professional Development
           → Science Classroom Patterns of Behaviour
           → Traditional Knowledge-Family Structure 
           → Integrating Traditional Knowledge and Western Science
  • Online Distance Project
    Students will explore the nutritional elements of Arctic Fox and their dens from various locations across the Nunavut Territory by developing a research project with teachers and CLS science mentors. Students will virtually engage with their scientific team, collect samples (only with appropriate Hunters and Traditional Trappers), mail their sample to the CLS, virtually guide the sample preparation, and partake live in the experiment during a scheduled beamtime. All data and results of the research experiment will be shared with the students and teacher for presentation and future use. 
  • Long-Term Collaborative Project
    There are two CLS Education programs that gear to students that are attending multi-year classes - Light Source Student Experience and Students on the Beamlines. Students create their project while teachers works with the CLS Indigenous Education Coordinator for supports and resources. At times the program leads will be in the north and attend the school, meet the staff and students, perform presentations, observe fox necropsy, and attend land-based classes. When the project has reached the experimental development stage, students will fly to Saskatoon, SK and stay at the University of Saskatchewan campus, complete a  beamline experiment at the CLS, and return to celebrate and present their experience in a Traditional Cultural Expression to their caregivers, Elders, and community, of what they have learned. 

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