It’s Fall, and it was time to go change the Passive Air Filter. Eva (Community Outreach Manager) and couple of Growing Off, Growing Strong Youth tagged along to assist me. Thanks guys!
Also to my husband and my youngest son for tagging along, for protection......there has been reports of wolves around the Nain area.
Looking forward to working with Catherine McKenna on our Imappivut initiative!
We are committed to working in true partnership with the Nunatsiavut Government to realize the creation of the Imappivut (Our Waters) initiative. Together, we c...ommitted to protecting an area that is already feeling the real impacts of climate change, and creating jobs for the local economy. President Lampe said it best “the ocean, land, wildlife, fish and the birds are all important to the Labrador Inuit. The Imappivut agreement that we have signed is so important because historically the waters have always given Inuit what we have needed as hunters, fishers and gatherers.”
Rodd Laing is the lead PI on studying Arctic Char, looking for Contaminants such as mercury and POPs ( Persistent Organic Pollutants ) here we are at one sight which is in North Arm in the Torngats and the other sight is in Anatalik Bay , south of Nain. We send the char to Toronto for analysis.
Lucas Brehaut and Carissa Brown are from the Geography Department at Memorial University in St.John's, NL. They are visiting burnt forests in Tikkoatokak and Webb's Bay to see how the trees are recovering after fire. More fires are expected to happen due to climate change, and more fires might mean change in what grows in the forest. Lucas and Carissa are also interested in how this will affect the availability of fuel wood and wildlife habitat in the future. This research is in collaboration with Luise Hermanutz, Antoni Lewkowicz, Robert Way and Alain Cuerrier, with the aim to link together shrub, tree, forest, permafrost, and fire patterns in Nunatsiavut to understand future food and fuel availability under climate change. Next year they will visit burnt sites near Postville.
Left to right: Robert Way, Luise Hermanutz and Toni Lewkowicz.
Robert is from Goose Bay and a Nunatsiavut beneficiary and is studying at the University of Ottawa. Toni is also from the University of Ottawa. Luise is from Memorial University in St.John's. Missing from photo is Carissa Brown and Lucas Brehaut , both will be helping them as well.
They are in Nain right now studying permafrost and will be going to burnt areas (forest fire areas in Tikkoatokak and Webb's bay) They plan to do Postville's burnt areas next year.
They are also going into the Torngats to study permafrost.
Permafrost and burnt areas affects how trees and shrubs grow.
2017 plankton sampling in Rigolet. We got samples of scallops, urchins just in case we didn't get plankton this year...last year we didn't get any....but we were so happy that we got plankton in Rigolet this year! Thanks to our boat driver and local resident Karl Michelin.
My name is Elizabeth (Liz) Pijogge, I am from Nain and I work as the Northern Contaminants Researcher for the Nunatsiavut Government, I sit on the management committee for the Northern Contaminants Program (NCP). Some researchers who do work in Nunatsiavut regarding Contaminants get their funding through this program. If you're curious about the Northern Contaminants Program, you can go to their website at www.science.gc.ca
Christian Norton from Annandale, PEI was here last week in Nain doing some research. Christian is doing his Masters at the University of Montreal. He came to meet with Mrs. Dicker's grade 6 class and they drew him their favourite animals , plants and places that mean the most to them. He's in Hopedale now and Postvile after that. He will be interviewing people about the plants they use for food, building, medicine and anything else.
The purpose of the research is to document the use of plants by Nunatsiavut and compare to Nunavik.
The second purpose is to record how climate change is affecting these plants.
Good luck Christian! Have fun in our beautiful land!
Summer 2016, North West River and Rigolet. Plankton sampling, getting baseline levels of methyl mercury. Amber ( from Environment and Climate Change Canada ) with help from local harvesters ( Kevin from NWR, and Martin from Rigolet) went out and put out a net to capture these important critters. This work will continue this year, 2017.