Sara’s masters research was recently presented before a panel at the Center for Environmental Cooperation’s 2012 Council Session on Community and Ecosystem Resilience in North America. The panel featured Peter Kent (Canada’s Minister of Environment) as well as Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada (Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources in Mexico), and Lisa P. Jackson (Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency).
Sara’s research was presented this afternoon at the Center for Environmental Cooperation’s 2012 Council Session on Community and Ecosystem Resilience in North America. This booklet was distributed to policymakers and community partners in Iqaluit in the spring of 2012, and shares additional information about this project. It is also available in Inuktitut.
At the International Polar Year conference in April, Sara was interviewed by Canadian Geographic. She discussed the commercialization of traditional food via social networking websites. Read the blog here.
Sara also spoke with Nunatsiaq News, and highlighted how “when poor socio-economic conditions are coupled with poor environmental conditions, the traditional food system suffers.” Read the news article here.
During her dissemination trip in Iqaluit this week, Sara chatted with CBC radio about how last winter’s extreme environmental conditions impacted the food system and sharing networks. Listen to the interview here.
This summer, I spent the months of May and June on Baffin Island conducting field work for my Master’s thesis entitled “Inuit Food Security: Vulnerability of the traditional food system to climatic extremes during winter 2010/2011 in Iqaluit, Nunavut.” This was my third time visiting Iqaluit, and I was very eager to return. Previously, I conducted a preliminary consultation trip in February to meet with local stakeholders and further develop my research project. I returned to Iqaluit again in March to present my research proposal to the Amarok Hunters and Trappers Association. These two prior trips allowed me to forge relationships and acquaint myself with the community, and were invaluable for preparing me for my field work season. Continue Reading
To better prepare for my Master’s thesis research, I came to Iqaluit for a five day consultation trip. Graham McDowell, a fellow member of the Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Research Group, also came to further his involvement with the Iqaluit Land Use Mapping Project (ILMP). Graham planned to go “on the land” with two local Inuuk, Levi and Anu, and I was fortunate enough to be invited on the trip.
We left Iqaluit in the early afternoon of February 22. The weather conditions were not forecasted to be ideal, with predicted temperatures of -23°C with -35°C wind chill, winds of 37km with 46km gusts, as well as drifting snow. On the sea ice of Frobisher Bay, we had blue skies above and clear visibility ahead. Our destination was one of the smaller bays located northwest of Iqaluit.
Before we left, Levi had checked the internet to assess the current ice conditions. He had noticed that the sea ice was not completely frozen, so we would have to take an alternative land route instead. It appears as though modern technology has proven to be complementary to Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ), otherwise known as traditional Inuit knowledge. Continue Reading