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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