Northern Involvement / Changing Animals Populations
“Caribou country”. For centuries arctic peoples have relied on migrating animals. Now the herds are in decline…
We suspect this is a natural phenomenon. It has global implications, and probably the reason has something to do with global weather patterns.
Changing animal populations are affecting communities across the North…
John Joseph Kaye:
Caribou - sometimes they don’t come through here.
If we don’t have our caribou, then we have to hunt other species (animals) or buy more food from the store.
Scientists can learn how to help the situation by listening to northern Elders…
Mary Jane Moses:
Traditional knowledge is passed on through story-telling. And we in turn carry that message to the next generation.
Local people (are) working with scientists…
We have a number of community partners that are “sitting at the same table” as biologists and climate-change experts, to learn a lot more about the vulnerability of these herds.
As part of Canada’s commitment to International Polar Year scientists are studying this important issue.
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