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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...

2009-01-17 08:07:52

The first Canadian federal summit on the environmental plight of polar bears has concluded with considerable differences of opinion in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice hosted the meeting of scientists, wildlife officials and Inuit leaders, the Globe and Mail reported Saturday. Canada is home to about 15,000 polar bears, about two-thirds of the world population, in 13 distinct areas. While the United States declared the bears an endangered species in May 2008,...

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2008-08-29 14:15:00

Environmentalists have criticized Canada for not adequately protecting polar bears from the effects of climate change.  Now the Canadian government said on Thursday it would take more time to study its next step. Detailed findings of an April review classified the bear population as a "special concern," but not endangered or threatened with extinction, a scientific panel said. Environment Minister John Baird said the government has created a national round table to consult with a...

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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2008-08-17 12:05:00

Officials in Canada announced Friday that they will begin a new search for the two ships of British explorer Sir John Franklin. Franklin's fate, along with that of 128 of his officers and crew of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, have remained locked in the frozen Arctic for over a century and a half. The search efforts are part of Canada's initiative to assert control over the Northwest Passage, and are also driven by concern that melting ice due to warming temperatures may allow others to find...

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2007-08-25 17:55:00

AMMASSALIK ISLAND, Greenland -- Dines Mikaelsen steadies a .22 rifle against the bow of his gently bobbing boat, loads the chamber and whispers to his companions to keep quiet. The Inuit hunter has already missed twice. After a deep breath, he squeezes the trigger. The loud crack echoes off the icebergs, and a football field away, a silver-coated seal collapses, blood turning the clear blue ice red. Mikaelsen's four companions - visitors from faraway lands - are stunned. This is what they...

2007-08-13 21:18:35

By JONATHAN MONTPETIT MONTREAL (CP) - While the federal government eyes the economic benefits of a shipping route through Canada's north, scientists are warning that the fabled passage cannot come about without serious costs to the environment. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has ramped up efforts recently to assert Canadian sovereignty over the Northwest Passage, a potentially lucrative route to Asia that could open year-round thanks to global warming. But researchers studying the...

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2007-07-24 17:15:00

TORONTO -- Rising temperatures in eastern Canada are making it more dangerous for the native Inuit population in the province of Quebec to travel and hunt by snowmobile, and a new study recommends that they return to using the traditional dogsled. A recent report on climate change in Quebec's Arctic region stresses that warming temperatures are forcing the Inuit to rethink how they get around, which is mainly by Skidoo snowmobile. "For the last 10 years or so we've had winters that are more...

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2007-03-01 18:15:00

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Northern Canadians told an international commission Thursday that carbon emissions from the United States have contributed so much to global warming that they should be considered a human rights violation. One activist said temperatures have climbed so much that Arctic residents need air conditioners. The case was pressed by the Inuit community before the 34-nation Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In a petition, the group asked the commission's assistance "in...

2007-03-01 09:15:00

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, the United States has come under heavy criticism, including from people who live almost on top of the world. The Inuits of Northern Canada and beyond are taking their case against the United States on Thursday to an international human rights commission. They have scant chance of a breakthrough but still hope to score moral and political points against the U.S. and its carbon spewers. "The point here is that our way of life...


Latest Inuit Reference Libraries

Ringed Seal
2013-05-01 12:51:20

The ringed seal (Pusa hispida), also known as the jar seal, is a true seal in the Phocidae family. Locally, it is known as nattiq or netsik in the Inuit language. It can be found in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions, with a range that includes the Bering and Oshtok Seas, the Arctic Ocean, and the coastlines of Japan in the north Pacific. It also occurs in the North Atlantic on the coastlines of Scandinavia, Greenland, and Newfoundland.  Within its range, the ringed seal prefers areas with ice...

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2008-05-27 22:52:36

The Northern Inuit Dog is a large English dog bred to resemble a wolf. The breed was created by breeding the Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, and the German Shepherd with several rescued mongrels whose origin was unknown. The Northern Inuit dog has the domestic traits of these northern breeds but the appearance of a wolf. Today's Northern Inuit retains many of its ancestors' characteristics such as their strong will and its gentle nature. The breed is slightly longer than it is tall, and...

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