Taloyoak, NU June & August, 2001


On the way to our field camp on Boothia Peninsula, I spent two weeks in Taloyoak in June, working with Sarah Takolik to interview local elders about tundra vegetation, especially in relation to caribou habitat, migration, and health.  The goal was to incorporate their expertise into the field-based and remote sensing research of tundra vegetation I was conducting on Boothia Peninsula as part of my MSc.  The elders and the community were very welcoming and helpful in this endeavour.  These experiences were an amazing introduction to community-based research - and what sparked the switch to cultural/environmental geography that I pursued for my doctoral research.  However, because of the short timeframe of a Master’s degree, and the natural science focus with NSERC funding, the community-based portions of the project never did get officially incorporated into my Master’s thesis because we didn’t feel that my limited time in the community, and inexperience working with qualitative data, would appropriately represent peoples’ expertise, or do justice to their contributions.

I still hope to one day follow up on this work, so I welcome expressions of interest to work together to revisit (and expand) these earlier efforts.

The August pictures just highlight more summery views of the community, on my way home from field work.

Adventures in Taloyoak, introduction to community-based research

G. J. Laidler