Co-chairs: Lisa Loseto (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
Tristan Pearce (University of Northern British Columbia)
Kaitlin Breton-Honeyman (Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board (NMRWB))
Arctic ecosystems are undergoing a rapid transformation due to climate change and other environmental and human-driven forces. These changes have implications for arctic wildlife, and in turn, the co-management of wildlife species important to Inuit for subsistence. Across Inuit Nunangat, a robust network of wildlife co-management boards, regional wildlife organizations, hunting and trapping organizations, and renewable resource councils work to mobilize knowledge, Indigenous and scientific, to better understand and respond to these changes. Additionally, community-based monitoring and knowledge co-production have emerged as important approaches for knowledge mobilization that offer local communities opportunities to contribute to effective co-management via leadership in research and the documentation and inclusion of Indigenous knowledge.
The session co-chairs invite abstracts that focus on knowledge mobilization for wildlife co-management in Inuit Nunangat. In particular, abstracts are encouraged to share opportunities and challenges for knowledge mobilization, ways in which wildlife-co-management can further self-determination, and suggestions for advancing our understanding of how changes are affecting arctic wildlife and options to respond.