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2011-05-31 17:03:37

Johnson's research has taken her to Kanngiqtugaapik (Clyde River) on Baffin Island, Nunavut. There, she has been finding out how Inuit communities are adapting to climate change, and what contributions they are able to make to the development of policies and programs that affect them. "When we talk about supporting adaptation to climate change, what we mean is supporting resilience at the community level," says Noorjehan Johnson, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar in Cultural Anthropology at...

2011-03-11 14:07:00

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian hosts filmmakers Zacharias Kunuk and Ian Mauro for the U.S. premiere of Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change--the world's first Inuktitut-language documentary on the topic--Sunday, March 27, at 2 p.m. in the museum's Rasmuson Theater. This groundbreaking documentary captures the voices of those who are often overlooked in the discussion on climate change: the...

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2010-08-10 13:20:25

Government sources said that a judge in Canada's northern Nunavut province has blocked a series of joint German-Canadian Arctic experiments after Inuit residents said the tests would hurt sea life. On Sunday, the territorial judge granted a last-minute injunction that halts a major seismic program that began Monday in Lancaster Sound, north of Baffin Island. Natural Resources Canada and Germany's Alfred Wegener Institute carried out the experiments. Justice Susan Cooper agreed with fears...

2010-02-04 09:06:00

Group seeks environmental justice for the Indigenous Peoples of Alaska WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health will examine public exposures to toxic chemicals. Alaska Native leaders call on Congress to include circumpolar atmospheric pollution in their hearing. "Indigenous Arctic communities are suffering the most from chemicals emitted in the lower 48 states," said Vi...

2010-01-25 14:56:49

Seventy percent of Inuit preschoolers in Nunavut, Canada's largest territory, live in households where there isn't enough food, a situation with implications for children's academic and psychosocial development, found an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/embargo/cmaj091297.pdf. The study, conducted by researchers at McGill University and the Government of Nunavut, looked at 388 Inuit children aged 3-5 years in 16 communities from...

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2009-09-11 13:20:00

Rapid change is underway in the Arctic due to the effects of climate change, researchers reported on Thursday. "The Arctic as we know it may soon be a thing of the past," said Eric Post, associate professor of biology at Penn State University, whose study is published in Friday's edition of the journal Science. Post lead an international team in a broad study of the ecological changes occurring in the Arctic during the fourth International Polar Year, which ended in 2008. Researchers analyzed...

2009-05-28 12:02:40

For one international community "“ the 165,000 strong Inuit community dispersed across the Arctic coastline in small, remote coastal settlements in Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Siberia "“ it is already too late to prevent some of the negative effects of climate change.James D. Ford from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, is today, Thursday, 28 May, presenting a paper published in IOP Publishing's Environmental Research Letters, "Dangerous climate change and the importance of...

2009-05-22 19:02:25

Public health interventions and an enhanced immunization program could improve health for Inuit children and lower healthcare costs, Canadian researchers say. Dr. Anna Banerji, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, said respiratory infections are the leading cause for admission, medical evacuation and expenditure for Inuit children in the healthcare system and can result in serious health complications for those affected. Infants of Inuit race were...

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2009-02-04 15:05:00

Study says complex Arctic trail network passed on orally from generation to generation Inuit trails are more than merely means to get from A to B. In reality, they represent a complex social network spanning the Canadian Arctic and are a distinctive aspect of the Inuit cultural identity.  And what is remarkable is that the Inuit's vast geographic knowledge has been passed through many generations by oral means, without the use of maps or any other written documentation.  These...

2008-08-22 15:00:29

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 22, 2008) - Canada's Environment Minister John Baird, and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Acting President, James Eetoolook, today announced the establishment of three new National Wildlife Areas on and around Baffin Island, protecting local species and habitat including the bowhead whale. The Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement for National Wildlife Areas and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries in the Nunavut Settlement Area, was negotiated between the Government of...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'