Current research projects (2019-2023)
Inuit knowledge and molecular biology addressing industrial impacts in the Kivalliq
Industrial development has long been present in the Canadian Arctic but has undergone rapid development in Nunavut in the last 20 years. In the Kivalliq region, local Elders and hunters have associated gold mining and related activities with environmental impacts. One of the main impacts is causing stress for fish and wildlife that Inuit rely on for food. These negative impacts can affect Inuit culture, health, and well-being. The Kivalliq Wildlife Board, in partnership with ArctiConnexion and academic researchers, will develop in Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet) a new approach to monitor the impacts of the Agnico Eagle Mine’s (AEM) Meliadine project on freshwater and marine ecosystems. This approach will combine Inuit knowledge and molecular biology to develop indicators of environmental, ecological, and biological stress that will help the community of Rankin Inlet and other communities to research mining impacts. Our project will be community-driven, employ local people, involve our youth and Elders, and build capacity and expertise locally for new procedures and approaches. People from our community of Kangiqliniq will be the leader of this new project. We will also present our approach to the community of Qamani’tuaq in year two and pilot a project.