The Yukon North Slope is both a unique and diverse region of the Canadian Arctic. As such, it has come to be the focus of much research attention, from archeology and grizzly bear diets to fish genetics and changing plant communities.
Our Council is currently in the process of updating its Research Plan, which will be strongly guided by the new Wildlife Conservation and Management Plan and the National Inuit Strategy on Research. Until then, three high-level research priorities have been identified:
- Applying Inuvialuit Knowledge to emerging environmental and wildlife issues on the Yukon North Slope.
- Expanding our understanding of focal species (caribou, beaver, muskox), their ecology and habitat.
- Establishing environmental baselines and proactively gathering knowledge that will support conservation in dynamic, changing ecosystems.
Below, our Council has provided some helpful resources for those interested in conducting research either on the North Slope or in surrounding communities, like Aklavik. We also recommend you explore the Resource Library, which includes links to a number of useful databases and past projects related to the region.