Co-chairs: Tristan Pearce (University of Northern British Columbia)

Kimberly Ovitz (University of Manitoba)

Jessica Smart (University of Northern British Columbia)

Enooyaq Sudlovenick (University of Manitoba)

Marianne Falardeau (Université Laval)


Arctic ecosystems are undergoing rapid transformations due to climate change and other environmental and human-driven forces, with implications for wildlife important to Indigenous peoples. Arctic communities and organizations are increasingly involved in wildlife monitoring efforts, often working in tandem with researchers to study changing ecosystems. These collaborations yield many benefits, including that they facilitate collective learning and knowledge co-production, thereby generating advice for wildlife co-management bodies. This session highlights examples of collaborative wildlife research and monitoring initiatives throughout the circumpolar North, with an interest in exploring different methods and approaches, and in identifying how these initiatives can foster collective learning and knowledge co-production. We aim to bring together multiple perspectives including Indigenous community members, Elders, managers, and researchers of all career stages to reflect on lessons learned and paths forward.