The Leading Edge: What Inuit Can Teach Us About Climate Monitoring And Adaptation

How can we all get smarter about monitoring climate change in our communities? Ashoka’s Barb Steele talks to ecologist and filmmaker Joel Heath, a Newfoundland native and co-creator of SIKU: the Indigenous Knowledge Social Network. With his colleagues at the Arctic Eider Society in Sanikiluaq, an Inuit community in Hudson Bay, Heath develops tools for Indigenous-driven research and monitoring of everything from changing sea ice to travel safety to subsistence livelihoods.

Barb Steele: Joel, I want to start by asking about the eider, after which your organization is named. You’ve called this duck “a canary in the coal mine.” Can you explain its significance?


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