IK-ADAPT launched

The Inuit Traditional Knowledge for Adapting to the Health Effects of Climate Change project (IK-ADAPT) was launched in May 2012 by researchers at McGill University, the University of Guelph, Trent University, Mount Allison University, and the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research.

This research project is working in partnership with six arctic communities, including Ulukhaktok in the NWT. Working closely with Inuit across Canada, the project wants to see how Inuit traditional knowledge can help communities adapt to the health effects of climate change.

Two researchers spent several weeks this summer in Ulukhaktok to set community research priorities and discuss how the research can benefit the community.

The work may use social media and video to communicate across generations and across communities. It is hoped that lessons learned about how to integrate traditional knowledge into adaptation planning can be shared with other communities to strengthen community adaptation across the north.

For more information, contact the coordinator Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, ashlee.cunsolo@mail.mcgill.ca or visit www.ikadapt.ca.

Photo by Tristan Pearce