We often hear lines like “listen to the youth, they are our future” or “listen to your elders!” The reality is when older and younger generations work together, powerful things can happen. Listen in as our panelists discussed how different generations can come together to learn from one another and tackle climate change together!

Amelia Pilot

Amelia is currently a student taking her A-levels at Latymer Upper School in London, England. She is passionate about the environment and sustainability. She is co-chair of her school’s eco-society and is a charity representative. She most recently hosted a virtual sustainability conference for schools in the local area to promote and drive change. She enjoys the outdoors, spending a lot of time going on hikes, playing field hockey, or sailing instructing. In the future she aims to go to university abroad to study Environmental Science and then go on to work in the sustainability sector.

Mick Jefferies (Moderator)

Mick Jefferies was born and raised in the Southern Labrador community of Charlottetown but moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick to pursue a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership. He is currently completing a law degree at UNB. Mick is a Students On Ice alumni from the 2015 Arctic expedition. Mick also joined the Climate Action Cohort in 2019 with specific passions relating to storytelling, food security, and the intersectional impacts of climate change. 

Iluuna Sørensen

Iluuna is a Greenlandic Inuk who is soon to be a graduate of the United World College in Maastricht (The Netherlands). The last couple of years her climate activism has slowly grown and now she is a part of the SOI alumni, Arctic Youth Network, Arctic Angels, and in 2020 co-founded together with Nuiana Hardenberg and Kira Lennert-Olsen ‘Greenland4Nature’ where the aim is to convey Greenlandic youth voices internationally and locally. There’s been organized conferences and workshops with Greenland4Nature and hopefully more to come. Iluuna’s passions are to protect the poles and speak up for Greenland.

Peter Croal

Peter has been working in the field of International development for over thirty-five years. He focuses on the relationship between environmental resources and poverty in developing countries. Peter is particularly interested in how climate change affects developing countries, and how the knowledge of Indigenous peoples can be applied to developmental challenges. He has done 2 expeditions with Students on Ice as a Geologist.

His work has taken him to over forty developing countries, including a two-year stint of living and working in Namibia with his family. Peter started his career prospecting for uranium, zinc, silver, petroleum, peat, and groundwater in Canada. He also spent fifteen years as a wilderness canoe guide for Nature Ontario. In his spare time, Peter enjoys photography, cultural and adventure travel, organic gardening, and fiddle playing. Peter is also a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

He sits on the boards of several not-for-profit development organizations. Peter is enthusiastic about this climate change panel and engaging in a wide range of conversations concerning climate change and youth. 

Peter has started a reconciliation project called the National Healing Forest Initiative. The project is an invitation to Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, institutions, and individuals to create green spaces across Canada to honour residential school victims, survivors, and their families, as well as murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, and children who have been removed from their families and are now caught in the welfare system.

You can learn more about the National Healing Forest Initiative on their website.

Nancy Karetak-Lindell

Photo by © Hinaani Design

Nancy Karetak-Lindell is a former Canadian politician who was elected in 1997 as the first Member of Parliament for the new riding of Nunavut. Re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2006, she is also the first female Member of Parliament for the Eastern Arctic. She was the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources in 2003, and served on the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development and the Standing Committee on Fisheries & Oceans. She was a key player in negotiations to establish Nunavut as a political jurisdiction in Canada.

Ms. Karetak-Lindell stepped down from public political life in 2008 to spend more time with her family and elderly parents. She subsequently became the director of the Jane Glassco Arctic Fellowship Program from 2009 until 2012. She also chaired the Indigenous Knowledge Program with the International Polar Year 2012 conference in Montreal and was chair of the Nunavut Development Corporation. She was appointed recently to the Federal Task on Women in the Economy. After completing high school in Yellowknife and Ottawa, Ms.Karetak-Lindell returned home and became involved with the local community groups and organizations as a volunteer with a special focus on social development, education, youth and sports.

Ms.Karetak-Lindell was born and raised in Arviat (formerly Eskimo Point) on the west coast of Hudson Bay, in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut. She has four sons, gained daughters in-laws, and has 15 grandchildren. She credits the strong family support she receives for her achievements.

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