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 in Kuujjuaraapik, Inukjuak, and Umiujaq in Nunavik, and the community of Sanikiluaq on the Belcher Islands of Nunavut, we are characterizing Inuit knowledge-based indicators of changes in salinity and sea ice, and how these changes have impacted wildlife, land use, local food systems, and well-being. I am interested in how local-scale priorities can be better supported in the sciences and in governance.
Photos: Banner picture above is taken in Umiujaq, Nunavik. For banner and portrait, all rights reserved (c) 2017 Megan Sheremata.