The community of Taloyoak, the northernmost community of the Netsilik people, is concerned about the quality of their drinking water sources due to the impact of climate change. Some Elders noticed how the permafrost has changed in the last decades and melted due to the increased temperature, and migratory bird population increased with potential impacts on water quality. The Spence Bay Hunters and Trappers Association wish to collect baseline climate, water, and fish data in major lakes and rivers, including the local water supply lake. The program originated in 2019 and is driven by youth from the community and steered by the local HTA. It involves local elders and land users in discussion about local water quality and deliver community programs such as water and ice delivery to Elders.
This project in funded through the Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program and the Climate Change Preparedness in the North Program.