This project will support the development of relationships with Nunatukvut communities in the Sandwich Bay region of Labrador, as well as with Nunatukavut Community Council, and with other UArctic partners conducting research related to climate change, culture and community resilience. This region is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Rising sea levels and coastal erosion have already negatively impacted cultural heritage resources, for example, which in turn affects ongoing efforts to enhance self-governance and cultural sustainability in the region as well as future opportunities for building cultural tourism offerings related to Mealy Mountains National Park, for example. The requested award would allow the project team to engage with Nunatukvut communities to develop relationships and co-create research to document and enhance understanding of the affects climate change on the region, particularly on cultural resources. Relationship building will also focus on potential strategies for mitigating or adapting to these affects, such as educational programming, youth engagement, policy measures, and/or incorporation of climate change considerations into local and regional level planning and discussion of the respective roles various project partners might play in pursuing these strategies.
University of Alberta
University of Edinburgh / Scotland Rural College (SRUC)
Laera Institute of Circumpolar Education