Sciences and social sciences come together
in a moderated discussion to examine the impacts of climate
change on Arctic ecosystems and the way Inuit communities
are adapting to the new reality in Nunangat. This interdisciplinary
conversation focuses on the interconnection between wildlife
and the social-economic dynamics in the region, with larger
implications for Arctic governance, sustainable environmental
management, food security and community development. It
invites consideration of Inuit knowledge in the social and
scientific explanation of current and future conditions,
and urges a much-needed holistic perspective on Northern
ecosystems, inclusive of climate, wildlife and communities.
This event will be moderated by Pitseolak Pfeifer, Inuit
Community Advocate and M.A. Candidate in Northern Studies
at Carleton University.
This panel discussion is organized by The
Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)
and the Federation
for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Susan Kutz is Professor in
the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health at the University
of Calgary. She has devoted over two decades of her life
to wildlife health research in the Arctic. Her areas of
expertise include wildlife parasitology, disease ecology,
ecosystem health, Arctic ecology, climate change and community-based
wildlife health surveillance. Working with local communities,
Kutz has done extensive research on the impacts of a warming
Arctic on the health of declining muskox and caribou populations
and the consequent effects on food security in the Arctic.
Jackie Dawson is the Canada
Research Chair in Environment, Society and Policy. Her work
examines the human dimensions of environmental change (i.e.
climate change impacts, vulnerability, adaptation, economic
development, innovation, governance, policy), closely involving
coastal communities affected by changing environmental and
social conditions around the globe: Arctic Canada, New Zealand,
Svalbard, Norway, Greenland, Hawaii and the Caribbean. Working
with the Environment, Society and Policy Group (ESPG), her
research focuses on three main areas: Arctic Shipping, Arctic
Economic Development and Coastal Communities, and Climate
Pitseolak Pfeifer is born
and raised in Iqaluit, and is building on over 25 years
of Inuit advocacy in his M.A. in Northern Studies at Carleton
University. Often a guest lecturer on Arctic matters, he
intersects his professional expertise in Northern community
development with his academic interests in Arctic research
governance, Inuit values and self-determination in projects
that address community needs.
The presentation will be in English, with
simultaneous interpretation by cell phone.
A Bacon & Big Thinking breakfast
March 20, 2018 – 7:30 - 8:45am
Parliamentary Restaurant, Centre Block
No charge to parliamentarians and media. Others $25 (students
$10). Hot breakfast is served.
For information contact: Donna Boag firstname.lastname@example.org
For the last two decades, parliamentarians,
their staff, and others have had an opportunity to engage
with leading researchers through two breakfast series. The
Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE) has
brought you Bacon and Eggheads and the Federation for the
Humanities and Social Sciences has organized Big Thinking
breakfasts. Climate change in the Arctic demands our immediate
attention and requires research across multiple disciplines,
so we’ve banded together to bring you Bacon &
Big Thinking, a special breakfast event featuring interconnected
perspectives on this pressing issue.
Bacon & Big Thinking
is supported by: CANARIE, Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council and many