Co-chairs: Emily Choy (McGill University)
Marianne Falardeau (McGill University)
Enooyaq Sudlovenick (University of Prince Edward Island)
Arctic wildlife is being impacted by multiple stressors including climate change, invasive species and contaminants. These stressors can interact in complex ways, with unexpected impacts on Arctic animals, such as rapid population crashes, changes in diet, or shifts in migratory patterns. The impacts of climate change and other human-caused pressures on Arctic wildlife has had major implications for Northern communities who rely on fishing and hunting animals for subsistence, commercial and socio-cultural purposes.
Arctic research has benefited tremendously through partnerships with Northern communities to monitor Arctic wildlife. Northern communities are increasingly involved in monitoring efforts aimed at understanding how and why Arctic wildlife is changing. This session focuses on community-based initiatives to monitor wildlife issues in the Canadian North. We would like to focus on methodologies, tools and approaches for building successful community-based wildlife research projects. We would also like to invite presentations that feature successful community engagement initiatives. We aim to bring together multiple perspectives, and welcome applications from Indigenous community members, Elders, managers, as well as senior and early-career researchers. Our session will be followed by a roundtable discussion among all the speakers and the audience to compare across the different methods and approaches presented. We believe this session can contribute to building a transdisciplinary community of practice for monitoring Arctic wildlife in partnership with Northern communities.