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