Arctic warming: The land and communities on the cusp of rapid change

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 Change.

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.
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For information contact: Donna Boag or 613-991-6369.

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 other organizations.