Congratulations to Antonia who just passed her PhD defence at McGill. Antonia joined the @ccadapt team in 2016 and her thesis examines the factors creating household water vulnerability across the Arctic. She conducted her empirical work in Alaska, with her work making a number of recommendations on how to strengthen water systems in-light of rapid climate change. Her first two papers from her thesis are already published: Sohns, A. et al (2019). What conditions are associated with household water vulnerability in the Arctic? Environmental Science and Policy, 97, 95-105; and Sohns, A. et al (2019). Water vulnerability in Arctic households. Arctic, 72 (3). 215-335
Eranga’s work on adaptation of Indigenous fisheries to climate change in the Nunavummiut community of Pangnirtung was this month profiled by the WWF’s quarterly magazine – ‘The Circle’.
Worldwide, coastal Indigenous Peoples consume about 15 times as much seafood as non-Indigenous people. This includes the Arctic Inuit, who are coping with the environmental impacts of the climate crisis by increasingly turning to the ocean for food. The series of reports issued recently by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change turned an urgent spotlight on coastal aquatic systems, which will be threatened even if we succeed in limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5°C. The impacts of the climate crisis are already causing drastic changes in coastal resources— and directly affecting the people who rely on them. ADAPTING TO SURVIVE But some Inuit communities are refusing to give up. Instead, they are using their accumulated knowledge and long habit of continuous learning to help build resilience to the effects of climate change. This emphasis on climate resilience among Inuit fishing communities may broaden and deepen their ability to adapt to climate change. While completing my PhD, I was fortunate to do some field work in Pangnirtung, a beautiful coastal Inuit community on Baffin Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. This small, isolated community with a population of just over 1,400 is accessible only by aircraft for much of the year, and by boat during the summers. Travel in and out is extremely expensive. Residents must cope with other challenges as well, including housing shortages, high rates of food insecurity, and low rates of high school graduation. Many small Nunavut settlements face similar challenges, but in remote Pangnirtung, they are magnified
Following their first full-day workshop in June 2019, The Researching in Indigenous Contexts group at the University of Leeds had their kick-off meeting earlier this month to continue with their work and plan for the upcoming year. The meeting was well-attended by researchers across the University, from Law school to the Earth sciences, and represented many different regions, including the Caucasus region, Australia and Central Africa.
Last week, Anuszka Maton-Mosurska presented her Master’s work on operationalising community-based and participatory approaches to research in Alaska at ArcticNet’s Annual Scientific Meeting 2019. Presenting in the Arctic Disaster Risk Reduction session, she unpacked the theory around ‘participation’ and ‘community’, ultimately highlighting the inappropriateness of applying Western sociological theory to Indigenous contexts. She looks forward to applying these insights to her future work in community-based disaster risk reduction in the Arctic.
On 24th September 2019, Angus traveled to the headquarters of Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations in Rome to present the findings of a report on the state of food security for Indigenous peoples of the Arctic region to the Expert Seminar on Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous Peoples’ Fisheries in the Arctic.
The seminar brought together over 40 speakers, with stakeholders in attendance from Indigenous organisations, governments, other universities, and the FAO. Its primary focus was to “share perspectives and exchange experiences on traditional knowledge and Indigenous peoples’ fisheries in the Arctic region” in order to “guide and support Indigenous peoples’ fisheries policy”. Emergent themes from the seminar included the need for stronger adoption and incorporation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in national and regional policies and legislation, and a need to embrace the significant role that Indigenous knowledges can play in wildlife management and the governance of Indigenous food systems.
Angus’ presentation comprised the keynote for the second day, and is available in full as a webcast, along with the seminar declaration and presentations by other stakeholders, at:
Additional Info: http://www.fao.org/indigenous-peoples/arctic-indigenous-seminar/en/