Congratulations to student Darya Anderson for recently receiving the Eben Hopson Fellowship, established in 1988 to fund graduate arctic research. Darya is a graduate student working with CCARP, investigating the impact pathway between permafrost thaw and bakeapple picking in northern Canadian communities. She hopes to integrate her understanding of the biophysical systems at play with the community’s changing harvest experience. By combining these types of knowledge, adaptation policies can be created specific to the agricultural and climatic situations.
Ford, J.D., Labbé, J., Flynn, M. et al. (2017) Readiness for climate change adaptation in the Arctic: a case study from Nunavut, Canada. Climatic Change, OpenAccess.
There is limited knowledge on institutional factors constraining and enabling climate change adaptation in Arctic regions, or the overall readiness of governing bodies and communities to develop, implement, and promote adaptation. This paper examines the preparedness of different levels of government to adapt in the Canadian Arctic territory of Nunavut, drawing upon semi-structured interviews with government personnel and organizations involved in adaptation. In the Government of Nunavut, there have been notable developments around adaptation planning and examples of adaptation champions, but readiness for adaptation is challenged by a number of factors including the existence of pressing socio-economic problems, and institutional and governmental barriers. Federally, there is evidence of high-level leadership on adaptation, the creation of adaptation programs, and allocation of funds for adaptation, although the focus has been mostly on researching adaptation options as opposed to supporting actual actions or policy change. The 2016 Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, and increasing emphasis on climate change federally and in the Government of Nunavut, offer opportunities for advancing adaptation, but concrete steps are needed to ensure readiness is enhanced.
During the coming September 23rd weekend, students and young researchers of the IK-Adapt group will be holding a gathering at the University of Guelph. Sharing and teaching from experience, the group members will lead discussions on a variety of topics falling under the themes of Building Relationships, Knowledge Mobilization, Wellness, and Research Methods.
It will be a weekend lead by the students, for the students; an opportunity for practical discussions of individual expertise. Gatherings like this allow the group members to discuss the field work specific to Indigenous research and how it can be made better, safer, and more rewarding for all.
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This past week, Climate Change Adaptation Research Group member Dylan Clark participated in a search and rescue training mission with the Canadian Air Force 424 Squadron and the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA). The training included a refresher spotter training for search and rescue volunteers in a CC-130 Hercules, discussions with community members and volunteers about the search and rescue system, land safety in the North, and engagement with young hunters and Junior Rangers. During stops in Resolute, Pond Inlet, and Iqaluit, Dylan presented research and community-based projects that the CCARG has been engaged in. This was the third of these missions that Dylan has participated in.