I work with communities in eastern Hudson Bay to characterize the cumulative impacts of hydroelectricity development and climate change on sea ice, salinity, and community well-being. These changes date back to the development of the James Bay project in the 1970s, and have more recently been compounded by the impacts of global climate change. Working with and learning from elders, younger hunters, and hunting organizations, our research takes place in in Kuujjuaraapik, Inukjuak, and Umiujaq in Nunavik (northern Québec), and the community of Sanikiluaq in Qikiqtait (Belcher Islands), Nunavut. Together we are characterizing Inuit qaujumajatuqangit (Inuit knowledge) of indicators of changes in salinity and sea ice, and how these changes have impacted wildlife, land use, local food systems, and well-being for Inuit. I am interested in supporting the priorities of communities in my research, and understanding systemic ways that these priorities can be better supported in science and governance institutions.
Photos: Banner picture above is taken in Umiujaq, Nunavik.