Northern Policy & Development

Current research projects (2019-2023)

Kitikmeot Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit framework for polar bear monitoring and management

This two-year project will develop a Kitikmeot Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) framework for polar bear management that has three components: 1) Inuit values and management goals; 2) monitoring tools that provide IQ and scientific data for Inuit to use; and 3) data sharing and consultation protocols established by Kitikmeot Inuit to support information sharing. This IQ-based framework will prioritize leadership by the Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board (KRWB) and the Hunters and Trappers Organizations (HTOs), and the engagement of knowledge holders and community members in polar bear management. This framework will also guide processes requiring KRWB or HTO feedback and consultation with co-management partners. This framework will be adaptable for changing community priorities and capacities, as well as other IQ-based species assessments and corresponding management responses.