Northern Integrated Cultures with the Environment (Northern ICE) is a non-profit organization established in 2010 by Sahtu Dene Elder Be’sha Blondin to give a voice to the Elders, particularly those who are the keepers of the environmental and spiritual knowledge.
Northern ICE initiatives are unique as they aim towards the integration of the spirit of the environment into the current ways society approaches the stewardship of Mother Earth.
Northern ICE emerged from a vision passed on to Sahtu Dene Elder Be’sha Blondin by her parents, Eliza and Edward Blondin. Dene Elder Ehtseo Ayha (1858-1940) foresaw the environmental changes Mother Earth would undergo and that only a few people would communicate with Elders in the future. Ayha’s vision for Elders was that they gather together in a special place to teach by the beginning of the 21st century. They would have to focus on the changes of Mother Earth and take responsibility by helping her to heal.
The development of a school (building and other facilities) is a long term project, Northern ICE aims at establishing solid grounds beforehand. Empowering elders to become teachers and developing educational programs with them will be done in the early stages of our initiatives...
Last update: march 2013 ©Northern ICE NWT 2011