We are a part of nature and nature is a part of us. Gary Baikie, Superintendent of the Torngat Mountains National Park and SOI alum Nicholas Flowers discuss the importance of connecting to nature and to the land for our social, physical and mental wellbeing.

This event is made possible with support from Parks Canada.


About Gary Baikie

Originally from Nain, Nunatsiavut, Gary Baikie joined the Torngat Mountains National Park in 2006 as the Visitor Experience Manager and is currently the Superintendent, overseeing operations for the 9,700km park. Gary and his team facilitate spectacular experiences in the park through an Inuit cultural lens, connecting visitors to one of the most beautiful places in Canada.

About Nicholas Flowers

Nicholas Flowers is a recent high school graduate from Hopedale, Labrador and an alum of SOI’s 2019 Arctic Expedition. He is one of five Canadian students to receive a STEAM Horizon award, for outstanding achievements in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art or Mathematics within his community. For Nicholas, this award recognizes his work developing an after-school science club to help foster an interest in the sciences among Kindergarten-Grade 5 students in his community. Earlier this spring, Nicholas won first place in the N.L Virtual Science and Technology Fair for his project, which explored whether seal oil could be used as a viable fuel source for a quilliq. Beginning this fall, Nicholas plans to study environmental science at Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook.

Explore the Torngat Mountains National Park

Torngat Mountains National Park is located on the Labrador Peninsula at the northern tip of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Torngat Mountains are a very spiritual place for the residents of Nunatsiavut. 

From the Inuktitut word ‘Torngait’, meaning ‘place of spirits’, the Torngat Mountains have been home to Inuit and their predecessors since time immemorial. The Torngat Mountains National Park is Canada’s only national park co-managed with Inuit.


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