As climate change continues to impact ecosystems globally, the Canadian Arctic is experiencing this change at a rate of at least twice as much as the global average. These climate-associated changes impact both the ecosystems and the Inuit communities in this region who depend on this surrounding environment for a variety of reasons including tradition, culture, and subsistence hunting and fishing practices. Hudson Bay, and its surrounding area, is particularly experiencing pressures from an increase in shipping and mining industries that may be further impacting local organisms and their habitats. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is implementing and expanding upon an extensive community-led coastal ecosystem research and monitoring program to document both baselines and environmental changes in Hudson Bay, as well as the greater Canadian Arctic. As part of this program, there is a need to include perspectives and knowledge from both Indigenous and Western sciences to holistically understand these climate-associated changes impacting the environment as well as Inuit culture and livelihood.
Draw upon Indigenous and Western Science knowledges to improve our understanding of coastal ecosystems and environmental change in Hudson Bay.
Other Collaborators: Laurissa Christie, Darcy McNicholl