Co-chairs: Tanya Brown (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
Jane Kirk (Environment and Climate Change Canada)
Liz Pijogge (Nunatsiavut Government)
Adam Morris (Northern Contaminants Program)
Eric Loring (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami)
Most contaminants in the North are delivered through long-range atmospheric transport. However, contaminant dynamics are evolving, as are methods to monitor them. Rapid growth and development are introducing local pollution, and ongoing climate change impacts have implications for arctic ecosystems, including changes to food web structure and the release of stored contaminants from the past. These changes can influence the fate of contaminants and their effects on species. Co-development of research and community-based monitoring through programs such as the Northern Contaminants Program and ArcticNet are becoming essential components for northern research. These approaches enable a union of academic and Indigenous Knowledge and increased Indigenous leadership and capacity.
This session welcomes presentations on northern contaminants research, especially projects that highlight local versus long-range contaminant sources, climate change impacts and community-based research and monitoring initiatives.