Supporting community information needs in environmental assessment in Nunavut

Beth Thiessen, Nicole Peletz and CEAR Director Kevin Hanna near the Canadian High Arctic Research Station at Cambridge Bay Nunavut.


In the Canadian Arctic many challenges to EA effectiveness and efficiency are not unsurprisingly related to marine issues. Community capacities, the complex nature of information needs, workloads for community organizations, the complexity of project impacts, and an understanding of baseline conditions remain key issues in supporting effective community engagement in EA processes.

This is a collaborative research project developed in consultation with the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB). Our work focuses on two environmental assessment practice areas with particular relevance to the North and Arctic:

  • Advancing best practices for community engagement in research, resource co-management, and environmental assessment.
  • Developing and building Arctic community capacity to engage in applied research and co-management decision-making processes.

Graduate students Nicole Peletz from UBC and Bethany Thiessen from U. Saskatchewan are working to examine community information needs in the impact assessment (IA) process. The focus is on projects that have a marine component, such as shipping, building docks, or operating loading facilities.

Nicole’s research helps identify gaps in baseline data related to marine impacts; and help determine how Inuit Quajimajatuqangit (knowledge) has been used alongside and in absence of “Western” science in the IA process. Her research will provide information to help NIRB as it develops communication material for community consultation.

M.A. ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖅ _ᓂᑰᓪ _ᐱᓕᐊᑦᔅ _(ᓯᓚᑦᑐᓴᕐᕕᒃᔪᐊᖅ _ᐳᕆᑎᔅ _ᑲᓚᒻᐱᐊ)
ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑐᐃᓂᖅ _ᐊᑦᑐᖅᑕᐅᔪᓂᑦ _ᖃᐅᔨᓴᓂᕐᒃᒧᑦ _ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ: ᐱᑕᖃᖏᑦᑐᓂᑦ _ᖃᐅᔨᓴᐃᓂᖅ _ᑐᓐᖓᕕᖏᓐᓄᑦ
ᑐᑭᓯᒋᐊᕈᑎᓂᑦ _ᐃᒪᐅᑉ _ᐊᕙᑎᖓᓂᑦ _ᐊᒻᒪ _ᐱᓕᕆᐊᕆᔭᖏᑦ _ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ _ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᑦ (PDF)

M.A. havaariyakhaq uvanngat Nicole Peletz
Ikayuqhugit ahuilutauhimayut ihivriurnikhainut Nunavunmi:
Akuniuyut qauyihainirnut uuminngat kigliita naunaiyainirnut haffumani imarmiutat avataita iningillu
haffumani nunaqaqqaaqhimayunut qauyimayatuqangit (PDF)

Bethany’s research helps build an understanding how information about the impacts of marine shipping and mitigation strategies are communicated throughout the IA process. Her work will help support decision-making and provide a better understanding of the marine related impacts and concerns often considered in IA.

M.A. ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖅ _ᐱᐊᑦ _ᑏᓴᓐ _(ᓯᓚᑦᑐᓴᕐᕕᒃᔪᐊᖅ _ᓴᔅᓯᑳᔅᓯᕗᐊᓐ)
ᑐᑭᓯᔭᐅᓂᖏᑦ _ᐅᑭᐅᑕᖅᑐᒥ _ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᖃᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ _ᐊᑦᑐᖅᑕᐅᔪᑦ _ᐊᒻᒪ _ᐱᓗᐊᕐᔭᐃᖅᓯᒪᓂᖅ:
ᐊᑦᑐᖅᑕᐅᔪᓄᑦᖅ _ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᖅ _ᓴᓇᕈᑎᐅᓗᓂ _ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓂᕐᒧᑦ (PDF)

M.A. havaariyangit ukunanngat Beth Thiessen
Kangiqhiyangit Ukiuqtaqtuq imarmiuttat agyaqtuinirnut ihuiluutiyut ingattaqhittailinirnut:
Ihuilutiniq ihivriurnikhainnut ingilrut timiuyunut hivunikhaqhiuqtunut (PDF)

Funding is provided by Irving Ship Building International, with additional support from the Northern Scientific Training Program, Polar Knowledge Canada, Nunavut Research Institute, and the Nunavut Impact Review Board.

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