It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to present on our collaboration together with Perty Tookalook at Arctic Net in Quebec City this year. We discussed preliminary results from 2017 interviews in Umiujaq, and why this project is important to Perty’s community. Perty and I also had the chance to talk about the project on CBC Radio North, which was broadcast across the north. Susan Collins notably commented how those of us from southern Quebec who knew of the impacts of the James Bay project on Cree have not heard about the impacts on Hudson Bay Inuit.
Later in the week, I was incredibly honoured to have received the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) Inuit Partnership of Excellence Award. My research partner and project advisor, Lucassie Arragutainaq, then received ITK’s Inuit Recognition Award in honour of his lifetime of work to support hunters in Sanikiluaq and their interests in protecting their lands and community through stewardship, research, and wildlife co-management. Dancing to the Jerry Cans afterward topped off an amazing experience at ArcticNet this year!
Perty Tookalook (left) is the Town Manager of the North Village of Umiujaq, and a research associate on our work.
Susan Collins with Perty Tookalook at the Radio Canada in Quebec City