Canada's Ocean, Freshwater & US

Our Partners

The Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition (COLC), founded in 2018 is recognized as a centre for ocean literacy collaboration, research, and innovation. COLC was the organizational lead in the co-development of the Canadian Ocean Literacy Strategy in which more than 3,000 Canadians and 400 organizations participated. COLC is a catalyst and coordinator of several national joint-action projects, such as Ocean Week Canada (below), that advance the National Strategy.

Ocean Week Canada is an annual national celebration of ocean events, learning, and engagement held during the week of World Ocean Day (June 8th). Launched in 2022 and led by the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition, together with a team of nearly 300 partners, we raise public awareness and celebrate the important role the ocean plays in our everyday lives and how local waterways connect us all with the ocean and each other. There were nearly 200 events in June 2023 taking place in cities and communities across the country. 

Ocean School is a free environmental education resource for students in grades 5-12. Our inspiring and immersive multimedia resources featuring linear and 360˚ videos, VR/AR, interactive media and hands-on projects and activities are offered in English and French. Our cross-curricular content spans science, social studies, language arts and more!

The Indigenous Leadership Initiative is dedicated to facilitating the strengthening of Indigenous Nationhood for the fulfillment of the Indigenous responsibility to our lands, the emergence of new generations of Indigenous leaders, and helping communities develop the skills and capacity that they will need as they continue to become fully respected and equally treated partners in Canada’s system of governance and its economic and social growth.

Students on Ice is recognized globally for delivering life-changing polar expeditions. Through educational expeditions, cross-cultural experiences, science and outreach initiatives in the Arctic, Antarctic, and places in between, SOI inspires new perspectives, ideas, connections and collaborative solutions for a nature-positive world.