s3.9.3: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its research?
Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s3.9.5: Has the applicant consulted with the Nunavut Research Institute about research topics that would benefit or interest local residents?
ii. If no, explain why.
AMENDMENT: We are currently discussion options with CWS to organize outreach projects during the field season for the community. This will develop further in the next months or could take the form of hands on experience for children as well as discussions and presentations about our research.Despite the lack of local community close to Alert, we are studying ways to present our findings to Northern Inuit communities and our team is dedicated to collaboration and knowledge sharing. For example, we are presenting our research each year to representatives of Inuit communities through our participation at the annual ArcticNet meeting (all students and postdocs present their work and participate in workshops, they also organize symposiums on our collaborative work). We are also actively involved in educative activities for Alert personnel through science discussions at social events or through wildlife observation field trips. We are also planning on presenting our most recent research to Inuit communities through knowledge transfer and exchange activities organized by the Center for Northern Studies (of which F. Vézina is a member), for example at the Community Science Center of Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik. Furthermore, a student from our group (cosupervised by F. Vézina) is developing a knowledge transfer and exchange activity in botany for the community of Qausuittuq (Resolute), funding has been applied for this project. If the proposal is accepted, we will join this project and develop knowledge transfer and exchange activities on our migratory bird projects for the people of Qausuittuq.
Local Services and Local Employment:
s3.9.4: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
ii. If no, explain why it is not possible.
AMENDMENT: We were informed just last week of the cancellation of our field work at Alert. If we can conduct our research at Iqaluit, through our collaboration with CWS, we are hoping to expand our collaboration network. CWS already offered punctual help from its staff at times during the season. This is a win win situation where we can train local personnel and get help at the same time.There is no local community close to CFS Alert. The closest one is Aujuittuq (Grise Fjord), which is 800km south of Alert. Military flights between Trenton (Ont) and Alert either fly direct or stop once during the trip, at Thule, an American military base in Greenland. However, as members of the Center for Northern Studies, we are collaborating with a large number of researchers active at other sites in the Arctic, several of which have a long history of collaboration with Inuit communities. It is our hope to learn from these resourceful people and develop ways in which we could integrate Inuit knowledge in our research. Our project is also part of a larger integrative research effort involving several research teams across the Canadian Arctic. This allows for integrating our findings within an ecosystem-based framework, in accordance with the Inuit perspective of nature.
Communication on Scientific Research:
s3.2.8: The applicant will, at minimum, translate a summary of its work into Inuktitut and communicate with communities using language that is clear and non-technical. The results of all scientific re