“While I was in Iqaluit, I was also very lucky to be living with an Inuit family. They took me seal hunting on several occasions. My host mother taught me how to treat a sealskin and sew it into something useful.” Although he has travelled and volunteered in the North before, May says this summer was eye-opening for him as to what Canada’s responsibilities are to this region and where there are differences between Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. “No one in the Arctic asked me, a southerner, for help. They instead asked that I help to tell their stories authentically in the South.” May is completing his final year of studies and has completed several presentations on his internship over the academic year. The opportunity also provided him with an important experiential learning component, as his work from the summer will be incorporated into his honours thesis as a series of policy briefs for community leaders in the North. Established by University Chancellor and CBC News Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge in 2011, the internship, valued at $10,000, aims to provide a thirdyear student with a unique leadership development opportunity. Five students, including May have participated in the program, with experiences ranging from stem cell research at Stanford, to medical work in Africa to volunteering at an orphanage in Indonesia. Photo left – May at the helm of the Arctic Tern during the passage from Greenland to Pond Inlet, Nunavut. (Photo credit: Arctic Tern I / Students on Ice, 2014) Photo right – May on a seal hunting trip near Iqaluit. 9