We are excited to release our report on the Weather and Society Workshop (focused on Inuit Nunangat)!
“Inuit want to have access to the knowledge, information, and tools (including infrastructure) to support travel safety in a rapidly changing environment.”
In March 2022, community members, northern/Inuit organizations, researchers, and service providers living and working across Inuit Nunangat (Inuit homelands in Canada) came together for a virtual (online) workshop. This was the first workshop of its kind, with a focus on tailoring environmental services to better meet Inuit community needs. Our goal in the workshop was to learn from diverse experiences, and develop new connections, in order to be able to improve environmental programs and services in support of safe travel.
“[There is] a lot of desire for communities to work together on projects especially around monitoring, [we are] looking for ways to network and community exchanges.”
Over three half-days of meetings we had presentations and breakout group discussions focused on three main topics:
- user needs and community services
- service providers and efforts to tailor services
- opportunities for training, monitoring, and funding.
“Provide forecasts for where community members are going, not where they are.”
“Weather station distribution reflects a colonial past of Canada, DEW [Distant Early Warning] line, military stations, communities that didn’t exist before. If we really want to address our colonial past, we could start by sorting out some of those very obvious patterns”.
A total of 120 participants registered for the workshop, including representatives from land users, service providers, Northern/Inuit research organizations, Inuit Organization/Associations/Corporations, federal and territorial governments, universities, non-governmental organizations, industry, and colleges from across Canada, and some international. Key messages from workshop discussions were identified by participants, including:
- training/capacity building
- data accessibility/sharing.
- community/local leadership