SIKU

Support ice safety & knowledge transfer in your community!

Join the 2022 Ice Watch Challenge and make ice observation posts with the SIKU app and you could win a skidoo from Contant!

The SIKU app makes it easy to share ice knowledge by including photos, video, and tagging Inuktut sea ice terminology. The contents of your posts contribute to the SIKU Ice Map and other ice safety initiatives in your community. View the latest Ice Watch posts on SIKU.

Warning:

Be careful and never put yourself in danger while creating a post for the Ice Watch challenge. Do not approach dangerous areas. See full Terms and conditions.

Weekly Winners - Make Good Posts Often

Every week between March 17th and June 30th, 2022, one SIKU Ice post will be selected as the winner and its creator will receive a $100 gift card from the Northern Store*. Winning posts will also be featured on Uvagut TV!

Grand Prizes

At the end of the challenge in June, four grand prize winners will be selected based on their excellent contributions to Indigenous Knowledge of ice.

  • 🥇 1st Grand Prize - 2022 600A Sport Grand Touring Skidoo, sponsored by Contant!
  • 🥈 2nd Grand Prize - $500 Northern gift card
  • 🥉 3rd Grand Prize - $250 Northern gift card
  • 🎉 Bonus Grand Prize - Handmade Harpoon
SIKU

How to Post & Rules

  • Download the SIKU app for iPhone or Android
  • Create an account - it’s free!
  • Make an Ice Post while on the land
  • Take an ice photo or video
  • Tag an ice type – include a description if no tag is available
  • Tag your Inuit community in Canada
  • Create and upload your ice post between March 17th and June 30th, 2022

Posts must be created on the land at the location of the ice observation, which is automatically recorded by the app. Posts made in town may only be eligable if they share stories or other ice knowledge with an ice expert.

SIKU Ice Profiles

Photos, descriptions and terms in multiple Inuktut dialects

Photos and other post information made during the Ice Watch will contribute to existing ice profiles and help add ice types in local Inuktut dialects for profiles not already on SIKU.

View all ice profiles on SIKU

Aglu - Breathing Hole
Akkirataviniq
Annisak
Apputainaq
Apputainaviniq
Imannisaq - Lead
Ikiraasak - Polynya
Aulaniq
Aukaajuk

How to Make a Good Ice Post

I want to win a prize! How can I make a really good post?

  • Share Inuit Knowledge about ice conditions
  • Include ice terms in your local dialect
  • Help share knowledge between generations such as by making posts with elders or other ice experts
  • Share ice safety information
  • Get lots of comments and likes on SIKU
  • Take interesting photos of ice
  • Provide detailed information such as documenting changes in ice over time
  • Tell a good story in the ice comments text box such as linking current conditions to your knowledge about past ice conditions
Ice Observation

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I don’t have the SIKU app yet. How do I download it, create an account and make posts?

A. Learn how to download the SIKU app, create an account and make an ice post.

Q. How do I know if I won?

A. A SIKU administrator will comment on your post on SIKU to declare you a winner.

Q. What if there is no ice tag for the type of ice I saw?

A. No problem. If there’s no tag, you can write the term in your dialect (with a short description) in the "Ice Notes" text box.

Q. When will winners be announced?

A. Weekly winners will be announced each Wednesday. This will cover posts made the previous week (Monday, 12:00 am EST - Sunday, 11:59 PM EST). All posts made Sunday night after midnight will be included in the next week's draw.

Q. Can I enter if I’m not from an Inuit community?

A. All applicants must live in an Inuit community in Canada

Q. What if I have a cool photo of ice from earlier this year or last year?

A. Ice posts should be created on the ice in the place and at the time where you observed the ice. Because of this, pictures and ice information from before the competition period is not eligible. However, video interviews with elders discussing ice conditions including those earlier in the year are eligible.

Q. Who selects the 10 finalists?

A. The jury is composed of ice experts including Inuit partners from the Arctic Eider Society and SmartICE with expertise and knowledge of ice safety and ice conditions.

Q. I need more help, who do I talk to?

A. Please contact us if you have additional questions or to claim your prize.

Q. Can you tell me more about SIKU?

A. SIKU is a social media technology platform and mobile app developed by and for Inuit. It includes weather, tides, satellite imagery, ice safety services like SmartICE, and maps with GPS and traditional place names - all in one place. Inuit can share and comment on observations about dangerous conditions, hunting stories, trip tracks, Inuit knowledge and local Inuktut dialects. SIKU users control their privacy and data usage settings for all posts.

Aerial Ice

  SIKU Ice Map

Bringing together the best information to help northern communities access information about ice.

The SIKU Ice Map displays Inuit Knowledge ice posts on top of a base map derived from Canadian Ice Service (CIS) charts and Sentinel 1 satellite radar imagery.

Posts collected as part of the Ice Watch will be used to ground-truth the current results and train a machine learning algorithm to classify sea ice using Inuktut terminology.

NOW AVAILIBLE on the SIKU mobile apps!

View the SIKU Ice Map

SIKU Ice Map
SmartICE

Community-driven SmartQAMUTIK and SmartBUOY remote monitoring technology

SmartICE is a community-oriented organization, offering climate change adaptation tools designed to incorporate sea-ice monitoring data with local Indigenous knowledge of sea ice conditions. Together, SIKU and SmartICE are working to help community members make more informed decisions regarding safe land, water, and sea ice use.

SmartICE selected the SIKU platform as the exclusive provider of their innovative SmartQAMUTIK and SmartBUOY tools. Through SIKU, SmartICE provides more than 20 Indigenous communities with invaluable, data-driven insights into sea-ice thickness and local ice conditions in near real-time. For example, between April 2019 and May 2020 in Nunavut, SmartICE shared 106 SmartQAMUTIK ice surveys and 18 SmartBUOY datasets on SIKU.

View SmartICE on SIKU

SmartICE Map

Sponsors

Northern Logo

The North West Company is a leading retailer to underserved rural communities and urban neighbourhood markets in the following regions: Northern Canada, Western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands and the Caribbean. Our stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food. Our value offer is to be the best local shopping choice for everyday household and local lifestyle needs.

Contant Logo

The dealer of choice for motorized recreational vehicle enthusiasts looking for quality Bombardier recreational products at the best prices, Contant has been offering BRP products since 1970 in Laval, Mirabel and Ste-Agathe.

Northern Logo

Uvagut TV is Canada's first national Inuktut television channel - broadcasting movies, documentaries, cultural programs, current affairs shows, interviews with elders, and 5 hours of daily kids shows. We are currently available in over 600,000 homes across Canada.

Subscribers to Shaw Direct satellite throughout Canada and Arctic Co-op Cable (Nunavut and NWT) can watch Uvagut TV on their basic cable packages - channel 240 or 267. FCNQ (Nunavik) viewers can watch on channel 308.

Terms and conditions

  • Be careful and never put yourself in danger in order to create a post for the Ice Watch competition. Do not approach dangerous areas.
  • Use SIKU ice services at your own risk. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of information shared by other users or from 3rd party services. Do not use ice post data and other SIKU ice services as a primary way to assess ice safety; they work best when combined with your own experience and knowledge of the ice, and that of experts in your community.
  • By entering the Ice Watch Competition, you agree to make your SIKU Ice Posts publicly visible and to contribute ice data to products and services, such as the SIKU Ice Map, for the benefit of Indigenous communities.
  • Winning posts may be shared to promote the Ice Watch in the press and social media, such as on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Participants may be subject to additional terms and conditions and winners will be determined at the sole discretion of the Arctic Eider Society.
  • The Arctic Eider Society reserves the right to disqualify any posts or contestants at their sole discretion and without providing a reason or notice. Users agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy of the SIKU platform, including respect for Indigenous knowledge, rights and integrity.

Waiver

By participating in the SIKU + SmartICE 2022 Ice Watch and/or using SIKU and SmartICE products, you acknowledge that you are doing so at your own risk on a volunteer basis, and agree to waive all rights to claims, litigation or other actions related to these platforms, tools and services.