Human Ecology

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 379–394 | Cite as

The Study of Inuit Knowledge of Climate Change in Nunavik, Quebec: A Mixed Methods Approach

  • Alain Cuerrier
  • Nicolas D. Brunet
  • José Gérin-Lajoie
  • Ashleigh Downing
  • Esther Lévesque
Article

Abstract

We address first, the lack of documented indigenous knowledge of climate change in Nunavik, Quebec, regarding impacts on plants; and second, the frequent underutilization of indigenous knowledge in decision making and policy. Our study of three communities indicates that there are similarities and contrasts among and within different areas of Nunavik that point to both general and localized impacts of climate change on Arctic communities. General trends include changes in berry and mammal distribution. Local trends include lower snow abundance, changing wind patterns and varying levels of impacts on travel and traditional activities. To assess these patterns, we used a novel mixed methods approach combining a qualitative analysis followed by a quantitative study of resulting codes and relevant quotes from interviewees. We believe this methodology can provide important insights into translating traditional knowledge into quantitative evidence for environmental policy and decision-making.

Keywords

Climate change Vegetation Traditional ecological knowledge Nunavik Quebec 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alain Cuerrier
    • 1
  • Nicolas D. Brunet
    • 2
  • José Gérin-Lajoie
    • 3
    • 4
  • Ashleigh Downing
    • 1
  • Esther Lévesque
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Jardin botanique de Montréal, Institut de recherche en biologie végétaleUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Quebec Centre for Biodiversity ScienceMcGill UniversityMontréalCanada
  3. 3.Département de chimie-biologieUniversité du Québec à Trois-RivièresTrois-RivièresCanada
  4. 4.Centre d’études nordiquesUniversité LavalQuébecCanada

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