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Adaptation to Aquatic Risks due to Climate Change in Pangnirtung, Nunavut

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dc.contributor.author Giles, Audrey R.
dc.contributor.author Strachan, Shaelyn M.
dc.contributor.author Doucette, Michelle
dc.contributor.author Stadig, Gwenyth S.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-22T20:39:27Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-22T20:39:27Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9519
dc.description.abstract "We use a vulnerability framework to examine how residents of Pangnirtung, Nunavut, perceive the risks of aquatic activities in the context of adaptation to a changing climate. Our findings suggest that community members identify climate change as increasing the risk of many aquatic activities and have adapted some practices accordingly. However, further adaptation to these changing risks is impeded by three main barriers: (1) financial constraints, (2) Inuit resistance to adopting what some consider Euro-Canadian water safety practices, and (3) issues with the design of flotation devices. Participants suggested the following practical changes: (1) make personal flotation devices, lifejackets, and floater suits available to all residents at local stores at a subsidized rate, or provide them free of charge through the community; (2) create water safety promotional items that feature locally developed messages in both Inuktitut and English; (3) include traditional knowledge in water safety campaigns; and (4) use the local pool to train residents in water safety. These changes would not only help residents adapt to changing risks, but also help incorporate climate considerations into policies and programs." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject adaptation en_US
dc.subject climate change en_US
dc.subject traditional knowledge en_US
dc.subject Inuit (North American people) en_US
dc.title Adaptation to Aquatic Risks due to Climate Change in Pangnirtung, Nunavut en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country Canada en_US
dc.subject.sector Global Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Arctic en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 66 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 207-217 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth June en_US

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