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Inuit Observations on Climate Change - Final Report

Jennifer Castleden, Graham Ashford
Observations by the Inuvialuit of Sachs Harbour support what has long been predicted, that climate change would be felt first in the Polar Regions. This community's way of life is at risk, an urgent warning of the negative impacts of climate change predicted to occur elsewhere in the world.

On Banks Island in Canada's High Arctic, Inuvialuit hunters and trappers have a close relationship with nature. As they travel over the tundra or harvest fish from the sea, they notice even the smallest changes in their environment. Recently, the changes have been significant and troubling. The climate has become unpredictable; the landscape unfamiliar.


  • Publication type: Paper
  • Publication date: January 16, 2002
  • Page count: 27
  • Publisher: IISD
  • © Copyright 2002 IISD
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