Taloyoak (Spence Bay) is the gateway to the Boothia Peninsula (Aviqtuuq) and the northernmost settlement of the North American continent (69° 32′ N, 93° 31′ W). Arctic chars are wealthy in this pristine environment, and represent a year-round food base for Taloyoarmiut. Local practices relating to fishing are also key for family health and community well-being. In the last few decades, Taloyoarmiut have noticed changes in fish and their habitats including changes in migration patterns and distribution in lakes and rivers. Local Elders and fishermen have suggested potential impacts of climate change on these habitats.
Led by Jimmy Oleekatalik (Spence Bay Hunters and Trappers Organization) with the support of ArctiConnexion and academic researchers, the project involves youth, hunters, and Elders from Taloyoak in addressing the climate impacts on fish habitats and developing adaptations to protect freshwater systems. The project is based on intergenerational exchanges, local observations, and science.
This project is funded through the Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program and the Climate Change Preparedness in the North Program.