Our ship and the Students on Ice ship came together in Pond Inlet (Mittimatalik) for a chance to connect both projects. We loved meeting with the students and educators at Students on Ice, who are from all over the world, each with a unique and interesting perspective to share. We were also honoured to meet Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, who is travelling with the Students on Ice ship. As the morning progressed, we moved to the Pond Inlet community centre, where an exciting announcement was about to take place. Minister McKenna announced the new Lancaster Sound Marine Protected Area – the largest marine protected area in Canada! We were thrilled to be able to attend this important event and happy to know that this beautiful area will be protected for many years to come. In the afternoon, we headed back to the Students on Ice ship for some workshops. Including Inuit throat-singing, storytelling, working with seal skin, Inuit games and more, it was a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know Students on Ice and learn more about Inuit culture. In the evening, we enjoyed performances by the very talented musicians on board Students on Ice and our very own Leg 9 participant Anique Granger! We’re so happy to have started Leg 9 with many new friends and new learning. Now we will continue on our journey through the Northwest Passage.