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Ambassador program connects cruises with Nunavut communities – Nunatsiaq News

Apr 26, 2023

Oxen Network program offers opportunity for Inuit to experience cruise industry, says founder

When Pond Inlet’s Mariah Erkloo isn’t studying sociology at the University of British Columbia, she’s sailing through Arctic waters as a community ambassador.

Erkloo, 21, got her first taste of life at sea last year when she joined the Oxen Expedition Engagement Network’s Cruise Ambassador program. She travelled through the Northwest Passage on a 21-day Lindblad Expeditions cruise that began in Greenland and ended in Alaska.

“We were the first ship in the season to be going through the Northwest Passage and the first ship [to sail in the Arctic] right after COVID. So, it was quite the experience and it was amazing,” she said.

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