Final day of Arctic Change 2017

2017 December 15

As the Arctic Change 2017 conference comes to a close, it’s worth highlighting two @ccarg presentations from Thursday.

Dylan Clark had his second presentation of the conference, this time discussing Constraints and opportunities for Arctic search and rescue prevention and response.

Over the past three years I have been examining search and rescue across Nunavut. We have highlighted how social and environmental changes are influencing rates of search and rescue. And, we are currently looking at emergency response capacities as well as community resources for prevention and response. As an example, in partnership with Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, we are exploring potential uses for UAVs in hazard identification and SAR. – Dylan

Read more about Dylan’s work from his published articles on the subject:

Emergency response in a rapidly changing arctic

Vulnerability to unintentional injuries associated with land-use activities and search and rescue in Nunavut, Canada

The role of environmental factors in search and rescue incidents in Nunavut, Canada

Additionally on Thursday, Ella Belfer presented on her article Representation of Indigenous peoples in climate change reporting. 

Based on a review of eight national newspapers in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, I will be discussing the ways in which Indigenous peoples have been covered in climate change reporting over the past decade, with a particular focus on representations of Inuit communities. The impacts of climate change are portrayed as having severe ecological, sociocultural, and health/safety impacts for Indigenous peoples, who are often framed as victims and “harbingers” of climate change. The lack of substantive discussion of colonialism or marginalization in the reviewed stories limits media portrayal of the structural roots of vulnerability, rendering climate change as a problem for, rather than of society. – Ella


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