Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit of Climate Change in Nunavut

1. "Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit of Climate Change in Nunavut 2005" (pdf) is "a study of the Inuit knowledge on climate change was conducted with the residents of Baker Lake and Arviat, Nunavut."

  • "The study was completed under contract to the Government of Nunavut, Department of Environment, Environmental Protection Division to aid in the development of a Nunavut Climate Change Strategy."
  • "The experiences of the community were recorded during semi-directed interviews, workshops and radio phone-in programs.
  • "The resulting data reveals that within the last decade the residents of Baker Lake and Arviat have experienced" a wide variety of environmental changes.

2. The pdf does the following:

  • Introduces Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit
  • Lays out its study methodology, which "consisted of of six components: literature review; compilation of a glossary; semi-directed interviews; a community workshop; community radio phone-in show; and analysis"
  • Does a literature review of "English-language social science literature ... back to 1993 to identify studies of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and environmental change, internationally." 
  • Presents detailed findings pertaining to seasons; weather, temperature; winds, storms and skies; snow; rain; sea ice; freshwater ice; rivers and lakes; vegetation and land; wildlife; and health.
  • Includes a glossary of climate-change related "terms from the scientific study of climate change, and Inuktitut terminology used by Elders during interviews, workshops and radio shows."

3.  See also

  • "For Educators" (many of the resources and activities are aimed at younger students but they provide useful basic information and can be easily adapted for higher level use as well)