Co-Chairs: Paul McCarney (Kaujisannimi AngajukKâk Nunatsiavut Government)

Lisa Loseto (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Lucy Grey (Kativik Regional Goverment)

Enooyak Sudlovenick (University of Manitoba)

Marine mammals like Natsiq/Natsik and Qilalugaq/Kilalugak are of nutritional and cultural importance for Inuit. This session will focus on all aspects of these two marine mammals from both Inuit and scientific perspectives. Subjects of interest include

  • Human health (food security, food sovereignty, nutrition, public health messaging)
  • Inuit relations and practices (hunting and food preparation).
  • Communication (between hunters, communities, youth, research groups, policy makers and regional health authorities).
  • Beluga and seal health, ecology and habitat use, predator interaction, and climate change.
  • Capacity building efforts, training, knowledge transfer and engagement

We call on Inuit and scientists to share findings, tools, and approaches across knowledge systems to better understand beluga and ringed seal across Inuit Nunangat.  This session is particularly well suited to research that has an interdisciplinary focus and researchers (Inuit and southern) who engage with multiple areas of knowledge around these important species.