Co-chairs: Najat Bhiry (Université Laval)

James Woollett (Université Laval)

Tristan Pearce (University of Northern British Columbia)

Angus Naylor (University of Leeds)

Jade Falardeau (ArcTrain)


Recent anthropogenic stresses have led to important changes of climate and environmental conditions in arctic and subarctic ecosystems, and as importantly to changes in the social, economic and cultural behavior of the populations inhabiting these regions. In this session, we aim to (1) examine the causes and feedback mechanisms at the origin of climate events, past or present, and to (2) understand better what climate changes mean for people and communities through people experience and response to changing conditions that are relevant to them. Together, with the objective to provide the opportunity to document the complex relationships between climate, ecology and human societies, which may provide deeper understanding into ways of better facing the future.


The session will give us an opportunity to have a lively discussion with researchers in environmental science, paleoclimatology (based on observations, historical data, proxy-reconstructions and modelling), archeology, geo-archaeology, social science, etc., as well as representatives of various indigenous communities, and stakeholder groups about how global developments and climate-related changes, impact ecosystems and communities. We are interested in papers that advance current scholarship and present new perspectives on the human dimensions of climate change in the Arctic.