Protection for Arctic Wildlife Sanctuaries Announced

Canada’s Environment Minister John Baird, and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Acting President, James Eetoolook, today announced the establishment of three new National Wildlife Areas on and around Baffin Island, protecting local species and habitat including the bowhead whale.

Nunavut Wildlife Resource Centres Coalition

NWRCC

The Coalition was established as a partnership between a number of agencies located in Iqaluit with a mandate or interest in wildlife management in Nunavut. This partnership has expanded over the years and now includes 6 locations: the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, the Department of Environment (Government of Nunavut), Nunavut Research Institute, Department of Fisheries […]

Saving the endangered caribou

Caribou have been a crucial food source for Canada’s northern indigenous people from time immemorial. But their population is dwindling at an alarming rate, in no small part because of improved hunting equipment — including snowmobiles — as well as exploration work for oil and gas reserves and arctic diamond mines. And now, the slow, […]

Okay, they’re declining. Now why?

Nunavut will hunt fewer polar bears this year COLIN CAMPBELL | October 29, 2007 | Late last month, the government of Nunavut announced it was cutting the annual polar bear hunt in western Hudson Bay amid fears the bear population there is shrinking. The hunt will be cut from 56 bears down to 38, and could go to…

Nunavut could resurrect city recycling

Sure, you can drop your plastic and glass bottles in the big blue recycling sea-can located in downtown Iqaluit, but it’s just going to end up in the landfill anyway. That could change if a pilot recycling project by the Government of Nunavut gets rolling. Read the article, Nunatsiaq News 2007-04-27 Related articles Nunavut to study landfill […]

Inuit way of life now on thin ice

As scientists work to establish the impact of global warming, explorers and hunters slogging across northern Canada and the Arctic ice cap on sled and foot are describing the realities they see on the ground. Read the full article from the Toronto Star…

Steger to draw attention to melting Arctic

Igloolik dog-teamers help document climate change JANE GEORGE A rigorous four-month dog sled trip across Baffin Island. Read the original article from Nunastsiaq Online. Here is one more related article about this story: Adventurer plans youthful trek to Arctic Will Steger is fit and trim at 63, planning his latest grueling expedition to the far […]

Baker Lake fuel storage worries environment department

Image by palestrina55 via Flickr The lack of an appropriate spill plan for five million litres of diesel fuel stored on three barges frozen into Baker Lake concerns Nunavut’s Department of Environment, says official Robert Eno. Related story: http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/nortext/100910nnlayout_1-24_vr/2010090801/18.html Related articles Nunavut to study landfill problems (cbc.ca) Toxics in Baker Lake dump appall researcher (cbc.ca)…

Scientists note stunning loss of ice, snow

From elders watching the movement of sea ice in Nunavut to climatologists studying satellite weather maps, people are amazed and alarmed by how quickly spring is coming to the Arctic this year.

Walrus numbers in decline, scientists warn

The Atlantic walrus population is now a species of special concern and over-hunting may be to blame, says the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.