Science Chats Part 7: Qayaqtuqłuni

Posted on Dec. 14, 2020

The Yukon North Slope is an incredible place to do research, attracting scientists from around the world. And, while research findings are often published in academic journals for other scientists, what comes out of these projects is important for community members, wildlife managers, and local businesses. It is in everyone’s interest to communicate the science that is happening, and the values and interests of the Inuvialuit of the region. We want to share some of this incredible work with you! Join us in these Science Chats and check out the short video with Stephen Insley from the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Kayla Nanmak Arey, an Inuvialuk from Aklavik, as they discuss marine acoustics and the effects they have on marine wildlife.

This seventh chat is titled Qayaqtuqłuni, and this mean ‘using the kayak,’ like Inuvialuit would have traditionally done in the marine environment.

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Science Chats Part 6: Niptaqtuq

Posted on Nov. 3, 2020

Join us in for this sixth Science Chat with Dr. Isla Myers-Smith from the University of Edinburgh, and Kayla Nanmak Arey an Inuvialuit from Aklavik, NWT as they talk about Team Shrub’s work on Qikiqtaruk (Herschel Island).

This sixth chat is titled Niptaqtuq, which means ‘a very clear and calm day.’

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Science Chats Part 5: Tariumi

Posted on Oct. 29, 2020

Join us in fifth Science Chat between Cameron Eckert from Yukon Parks, and Kayla Nanmak Arey an Inuvialuit from Aklavik, as they talk Qikiqtaruk (Herschel Island) ecological monitoring!

Our fifth Science Chat is titled Tariumi. The letter r in Inuvialuktun makes a guttural or throaty sound, leading into the next letter sound. So tariumi is pronounced “da-*throaty sound-yu-me.” Da-*yu-me. This means “on the ocean” like where Qikiqtaruk lies, on the Arctic Ocean.

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Science Chats Part 4: Akkupak

Posted on Sept. 28, 2020

Join us in this fourth Science Chat and check out the latest interview by Kayla Nanmak Arey with Wildlife Biologist Maria Leung as they discuss climate change, butterflies, and Arctic research. Kayla is an Inuvialuit from Aklavik – the western-most community in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region.

This fourth chat is titled Akkupak, which means ‘now.’

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Science Chats Part 2 & 3: Ahklavik & Anguniaglaniq

Posted on Sept. 28, 2020

Join us in this next Science Chat with Michelle Gruben of the Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Committee, Elizabeth Worden of the University of Manitoba, and Kayla Nanmak Arey an Inuvialuit from Aklavik as they talk about the beluga whale harvest and what it means for community members.

Our second chat is titled Ahklavik, which means ‘home of the barrenland grizzly.’ The third is titled Anguniaglaniq and that means ‘hunting traditions.’

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Science Chats Part 1: Igutchamik tautuktunga

Posted on Sept. 24, 2020

Join us in this first Science Chat between Syd Cannings of the Canadian Wildlife Service, and Kayla Nanmak Arey an Inuvialuit from Aklavik, as they talk North Slope bumblebees!

This first chat is titled Igutchamik tautuktunga. Pronounced ig-goo-cha-mick dau-dook-doong-uh. If you said that out loud, you just said “I see a bee” in Inuvialuit. A bee-fitting title!

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Tackling Climate Change on the Slope

Posted on Aug. 3, 2020

There are some incredible research programs on the Yukon North Slope exploring how our warming planet is affecting the north. And, there are many keen Inuvialuit observing change in their own backyard. There is still a lot we don't know, though. In order to move forward, we need to know what we don't know. Here is our latest look at the climate change knowledge gaps for the Yukon North Slope.

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The Leading Edge of Polar Bear Research

Posted on July 27, 2020

In the western Arctic, Indigenous values and culture are encouraging scientists to explore new ways of gathering information on polar bears. This knowledge is critical.


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2020 Council Meetings

Posted on May 13, 2020

Travel restrictions and safe meeting practices have changed how our Council does its work. 

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The Living North Podcast is Back!

Posted on May 8, 2020

After a three-year hiatus, we're back with a new episode of the Living North podcast. Since 2011, we've been jumping into conversation with researchers, harvesters, and policy makers to shine a light on conservation and management issues in the North. 

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