Year(s) Funded: 2010-2011
Topic Area: Access to Land
Contact: Adam Lewis, Makivik Corporation, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Partners: Makivik Corporation, Qaqqalik Landholding Corporation, Strata360
Title: Real-time Monitoring for Travel Safety and Food Security in Salluit, Nunavik
Action: Climate change in the form of warmer and shorter winters is affecting Inuit subsistence activities, resulting in shorter ice season, reduced access to traditional resources and increased risks for travel during the winter season associated with less stable and/or thinner ice. This project assessed these impacts and implemented a monitoring program for purposes of travel safety and food security. The monitoring program was designed as a multi-seasonal, multi-year program and allowed community members to evaluate travel safety conditions as they relate to local weather patterns, through a web portal in real time.
The project was conducted in a multi-phase approach and included: Research and planning; Community consultations and collection of Inuit knowledge; Geospatial data processing and community fieldwork; and Web portal development, monitoring, communication of results and training.
Results: The project was grounded in Inuit knowledge and identified the following: