WHY WAS THE MAP CREATED?
The communities of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR), located in Canada’s Western Arctic, are experiencing the effects of rapid and intense climate change. Both Inuvialuit Traditional Knowledge holders and climate scientists have found that the region is shifting towards a warmer and wetter climate, and the consequences of this shift are some of the least understood and most damaging.
To improve communication of the actions that are being implemented to address the impacts of climate change in the region, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) developed the ISR Climate Change Action Map.
The intent of the Action Map is to communicate to Inuvialuit beneficiaries the purpose, results, and opportunities associated with climate change projects happening near their communities.
Over 100 climate change projects are showcased in the Action Map. These projects are diverse both in terms of their type (scientific research, front line projects and community engagement) and subject matter (food and wellness, safety, housing and infrastructure, education and awareness, ecosystem health and diversity and energy).
The Action Map and its supporting assets were developed between May 2020 and March 2021. IRC will ensure the map stays up-to-date and operational beyond the development period.
One of the main objectives of the Action Map is to achieve greater community awareness of and engagement in climate change-related activities in the ISR. It also aims to encourage more collaboration between Inuvialuit beneficiaries, researchers and project teams.
How (to get involved)
For Inuvialuit beneficiaries, participation opportunities in climate change research projects can be found in the Action Map where available. Meanwhile, the project contribution form is available for researchers and project teams looking to add their relevant project to the Action Map.