Project Western Arctic

The seven students who came from Dresden and the surrounding area each collaborated with a student of the Gwich'in. These projects range from scientific topics to the documentation of the expedition and each aims to draw attention to this untouched nature in northwestern Canada, as well as to the problems that arise when it comes to mining in the affected region. Furthermore, in this context, a specific subject area was also be investigated closely. A range of scientific reports were produced, as well as diaries, newspaper articles and a variety of short films, as well as a longer film about the whole expedition. In addition, in early 2009, a travelling exhibition visited various Dresden schools, accompanied by lectures.

We invite you all to get to know the region with us because we do not know how long the "Last Great Northern Wilderness" will still be a reality.

Western Arctic project

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Christin Fuchs

16 years | Gymnasium Dresden Cotta

How was the expedition? What were the highlights? How did the members of the expedition manage daily life and their projects? And how did they all survive the bear visit? All of these questions will be answered in this expedition diary.

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uses for plants

Jakob Winter

15 years | Humboldt-Gymnasium Radeberg

Julia Schuler

16 years | Evangelisches Kreuzgymnasium

This project deals with the flora of the western Arctic. For example, plants, in addition to their aesthetic beauty, also contain many healing agents which the First Nations peoples have used successfully for many generations. Using a plant extract during the expedition and a subsequent investigation, together with the Cancer Research Institute, Heidelberg and TU Graz, collected plants were tested for their efficacy against cancer cells, with amazing results.

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Lisanne Hölting

16 years | Evangelisches Kreuzgymnasium

Mining is a big moneymaker for the northwest of Canada, so it is avidly pursued, without considering its effect on nature and that only a small portion of the profits are used for the public welfare. In order to protect nature but not suffer financially, it is worthwhile to look for other alternatives, such as ecotourism, which is a concept in which tourism and conservation are in harmony with each other.

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Study of water quality

Jonas Hennig

17 years | Gymnasium Klotzsche

The waters of the Snake River on which we conducted our expedition could hardly be clearer. This project aims, on the one hand, to investigate the significant differences in the water quality, and on the other hand, see what the the consequences of mining are. , Through the resulting partly radioactive contaminated waste water, there is an irreversible destruction of this ecosystem.

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Study of air quality

Josef Kaiser

15 years | Marie-Curie-Gymnasium

The project related to air quality is particularly relevant because also the air can be greatly affected by mining. The question here was to test the differences in air pollutants between Dresden and the Yukon Territory and to see if the pollutants are increasing. Furthermore, an analysis of the weather conditions during the expedition was a part of the project work.


For more information and animations about the project:

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Documentary Film

Karl Friedrich Schiebe

17 years | Evangelisches Kreuzgymnasium

This film captures the incredible beauty of this area as well as scenes of everyday life and the expedition scholarship projects. A few films were born during this project, including an expedition film, footage of which will also air on television. Final production by Karl, slide and film-making was done together with Robert Morgenstern.