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Université Laval, Québec, Quebec
President, JF Boucher Consulting Ltd.
Planning for a sustainable and prosperous Arctic
Climate change and modernization are rapidly transforming the Arctic and drawing increasing attention to the region’s global and geopolitical importance. Local communities, policymakers, regulators and industry need a solid foundation of science and traditional knowledge to develop community sustainability plans, protect human health and the environment, promote economic and social development, and strengthen Canadian sovereignty. Timely research is informing Plan Nunavik and Quebec’s “Plan Nord,” and supporting responsible Arctic resource development, safe Arctic shipping and sustainable circumpolar communities.
How ArcticNet is seizing the opportunity
ArcticNet represents Canada’s largest commitment to date to explore the social, economic and environmental impacts of climate change and modernization on the coastal Canadian Arctic. More than 150 researchers from 34 Canadian universities collaborate with federal, provincial and territorial agencies and departments, Inuit organizations and industry partners to conduct complex assessments of the regional impacts of climate change. This evidence translates into practical recommendations for minimizing negative impacts and maximizing benefits. ArcticNet’s more than 1,000 highly qualified personnel work with local partners to put the research into practice.
Among the results
- ArcticNet has initiated “Foundations for Student Persistence and Success in Inuit Nunangat,” a new project focused on Inuit education that aims to develop strategies to encourage Inuit students to remain in school and ultimately to improve access to high quality education in the North.
- In 2016, ArcticNet-sponsored France-Canada GreenEdge and the Hamlet of Qikiqtarjuaq completed a 3-month ice camp in Baffin Bay, complemented by a 42-day oceanographic mission on board the CCGS Amundsen. Researchers found that the “spring bloom” is occurring earlier, increasing in productivity but shifting toward species found in warmer waters. This has implications for Arctic marine ecosystems and the Northerners who rely on them.
- In 2016, ArcticNet presented the first baseline data on inadequate housing in Inuit communities to partner organizations in Iqaluit and Kuujjuaq. Findings highlighted that housing satisfaction after moving was linked to perceived control and privacy, and varied as a result of conditions such as overcrowding. This work brings together Inuit and Western perspectives to assess the impacts of housing conditions on individual, family and community health and well-being in Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut.
- A collaboration between ArcticNet and Parks Canada funded by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation described the pelagic and benthic ecosystems of the Kitikmeot marine region where Franklin’s ships Terror and Erebus were recently discovered. Shallow depths and a late sea-ice breakup explain the low productivity of these ecosystems.
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