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How to Create an Ice Post

To create an ice observation post, follow the steps below. This article uses a dangerous sea ice observation as an example, but the same steps can be followed for any ice observation post. Likewise, it shows how to do this using the Android app but the iPhone app is very similar and you can follow the same steps.

Create an Ice Post

First, open the SIKU app to the Post tab. Tap the blue Sea Ice button to get started.

Dangerous Ice or Measurements

If you are documenting dangerous ice, select “Dangerous Ice“, otherwise leave it unchecked. If you took an ice measurement, select “Measurements”.

Use caution when posting about dangerous ice, and only post about real dangerous ice posts. Preserving the integrity of Indigenous knowledge and observations is a critical framework for SIKU.

Set Location & Time

As soon as you create a post, your device will automatically begin getting a GPS fix on your location. Learn more about date and time.

Photos & Description

Information entered into the Photos & Description panel will be displayed prominently in the SIKU feed and when shared to social media. 

First, clearly describe the dangerous ice by giving it a featured title.

Next, attach up to 3 featured photos from your gallery or capture them with your phone’s camera.

Lastly, briefly describe what happened in the featured text field.

Describe the Ice

To better describe the dangerous ice conditions, start by taking a detailed photo of the ice.

Then, tap “Tag Sea Ice Features” to tag the types of ice that you observe.

Scroll through the list of ice type photos and descriptions, or search in either English or Inuktut. Tap to select an ice type. You can add multiple ice type tags per post. Learn more about selecting ice types.

Include any details about the ice in the “Ice Notes“. 


Set your post tags and make changes to stewardship or privacy settings in the “Defaults” tab. All of these options can be set ahead of time in the app settings screen. Make sure your community and any associated projects are tagged. Learn more about default settings.

When you’re finished with your post, tap the yellow Save button to save the post to your device.

Note that at this point your post is saved to your device but not yet uploaded to SIKU.

Save and Edit

All saved posts are located in the Saved tab.

If you didn’t have time to include all of the information out on the land, you can make changes to your post using the Edit function. In the Saved tab, tap the three dots () next to your post and select Edit from the sheet that appears.

When you’re done editing, press the yellow Save button to close your post. This saves the changes you have made.


This post is saved on your phone until you have an internet connection and can upload it to SIKU. 

Once you have an active internet connection, you are ready to upload your post to SIKU. Go to the Saved tab and press the Upload icon next to your post. A circular progress bar will display the percentage of the post that has uploaded. When the post finishes uploading, it will disappear from the list in the Pending tab and appear in the Uploaded tab.

The amount of time it takes to upload will depend on the speed of your internet and how many photos you have taken.

Viewing your Post

You can verify that your post is online by going to the Feed tab. 

Pull down on the top of the screen to refresh the feed and see the latest posts on SIKU. Scroll down to the correct date and time to see your post.

Tap the “More” button to open the post details up on the map. The post is indicated by an icon on the map located where you made the ice observation.

To see all the details about your ice observation, tap the up arrow in the yellow drawer at the bottom of the screen. Scroll down to view all the details. Press the Share button to share your post on Facebook or Twitter.

Updated on June 11, 2021

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