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Reducing Vulnerability to Climate Change in the Arctic: The Case of Nunavut, Canada

James Ford, Tristan Pearce, James Ford, Tristan Pearce, Barry Smit, Johanna Wandel, Mishak Allurut, Kik Shappa, Harry Ittusujurat, and Kevin Qrunnut
Created: 5/31/2007 - Updated: 11/06/2018


Research conducted with the communities of Arctic Bay and Igloolik in Nunavut identified key areas where policy can help Inuit reduce their vulnerability to climate change, focusing on the renewable resource harvesting sector. The policy responses are based on an understanding of policy development and decision making and on an understanding of the processes that shape vulnerability, which in Nunavut comprise the erosion of traditional Inuit knowledge and land-based skills, the weakening of social networks, and a reduction in harvesting flexibility. Policies relating to cultural preservation, wildlife co-management, and harvester support can serve as entry points for influencing these processes. Our recommendations fall within the mandates of the Government of Nunavut and the institutions created under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, and they have been identified as policy priorities by communities and Inuit organizations.

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Friday, June 1, 2007


Tribal / First Nation
Sector Addressed: 
Climate Justice
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Culture / communities
Habitat extent
Infrastructure damage
Public health risks
Public safety threats
Water quality
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Create stakeholder engagement processes to develop and implement adaptation strategies
Governance and Policy
Climate Type: 

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