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Sharing workshop on ecological monitoring, Pond Inlet (2020)


Researchers from Bylot Island were in Pond Inlet from 29 January to 6 February 2020. This sharing workshop was a follow-up to the 2018 consultations and provided an opportunity to update the community about ongoing ecological research initiatives in the Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) area. This event included several face-to-face meetings with local organizations, a one-day workshop and a community ‘open house’ for the public. The objectives of this workshop were to inform, discuss and obtain feedbacks from local participants and organizations on several projects. A report describing the activities conducted during this workshop has been written. The report is be available in both English and Inuktitut.


Hudson Bay Summit 2018 report


Following a long history of efforts by communities, organizations and interested parties in the greater James Bay/Hudson Bay regions towards sharing knowledge and coordinated environmental stewardship, the inaugural Hudson Bay Summit brought together these groups to formally create the Hudson Bay Consortium and move forward on activities and outcomes for environmental stewardship including Communications, Protected Areas, Coastal Restoration, and Environmental Monitoring. Additional details on the history of efforts, previous meetings and details on the approach of the Hudson Bay Consortium can be found on the website: hudsonbayconsortium.com. The report from the 2018 Summit is also available online : Hudson Bay Summit Report 2018.

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Report on consultations concerning ecological monitoring held in Pond Inlet (2018)


Researchers from the Goose Camp on Bylot Island, Gilles Gauthier, Joël Bêty and José Gérin-Lajoie, were in Pond Inlet from 22 January to 9 February 2018. They visited the community for consultations and held a workshop on ecological monitoring in the North Baffin region with several organizations and community members from both Pond Inlet and Arctic Bay. A full report describing the activities conducted during these meetings has been written. The report is available online in both English and Inuktitut. Thanks again to everyone who participated in this consultation process!

Report in English

Report in Inuktitut



A Science Field Trip for the Students of Asimauttaq High School, June 2013


To celebrate the end of the school year, high school students from Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik’s Asimauttaq School were invited to take part in a field trip organized by "Alex the Science Guy", the village's Science Coordinator. Thanks to the established collaboration between Asimauttaq School, CEN and Youth Fusion, 8 youth from age between 8 and 12 years old spent a weekend filled with new experiences and rich in scientific insight.

The weekend program involved activities such as hiking on the hills of Kuujjuarapik, the use of GPS’s and an initiation to tree ring analysis and forest surveying. Several topics were covered, including climate change, lichen woodland ecosystem dynamics, sand dune erosion and the effects of snow on landscapes. For Emma, sec. 1, her favourite activity was to use the GPS to lead the group during the hike. For Raymond, also a sec.1 student, his highlight was succeeding in extracting a wood plug from the heart an old, gnarled spruce tree. Beginner’s luck or pure talent? The samples collected will be dried, sanded and dated for a short field report.

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« Our Forested Land – Napâttulivut Nunak », avril 2013


The exhibit entitled "Our Forested Land – Napâttulivut Nunak" was carried out in Nain (Labarador), thanks to the Peary-Macmillan Arctic Museum (Maine) and the Torngasok Cultural Centre (Nunatsiavut) with the financial support of the NSERC- CREATE Training Program in Northern Environmental Science, EnviroNorth.

The exhibit features photographs from archives illustrating the use of forest and wood products by Nunamiut and land use changes over the last century. The photos are accompanied by quotes from interviews conducted by the CEN PhD student Isabel Lemus-Lauzon, in 2010-2011, as part of her research project on climate and cultural changes on forest landscapes in the region of Nain. The exhibit is entirely printed on fabric, making it easy to transport and care for.

The project was very well received by the community. People were deeply moved by the pictures and these sparked many exchanges between the youth and the elders. Several elders were able to identify relatives and friends in the photos. This crucial information on their past was duly noted and sent to the Arctic Museum. The exhibit has been given to the Torngasok Cultural Centre who intends to use it as mobile exhibit in the communities of the Labrador coast.

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Intercultural Workshop Entitled "Research on Inuit Lands", April 2013


ARCTIConnexion and the Nunavik Information Centre in Quebec organized an Intercultural Workshop Entitled Research on Inuit Lands 

CEN students from several universities and various disciplines, participated April 6, 2013 in the second edition of the workshop series " Windows on the North" jointly organized by ARCTIConnexion ( www.arcticonnexion.ca ) and the Centre information Nunavik. The 2013 workshop entitled " research on Inuit lands" was aimed at students and researchers who undertake or intend to undertake research projects in Inuit communities. The main objective of the workshop was to develop awareness to the cultural, historical and contemporary context of Northern communities through presentations and discussions. The workshop was a great success!

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" Northern research and Communities: How to develop a sustainable relationship ? ", May 2013


ARCTIConnexion and the CEN joined forces under the auspices of the 81th Association Francophone pour le Savoir (ACFAS) scientific conference to present the round table conference entitled "Northern research and Communities: How to develop a sustainable relationship?"

Four pannelists from different expertises and perspectives were invited to discuss the development of a sustainable partnership between Arctic communities and southern-based academic researchers. The themes covered ranged from the Ways of knowing (Local knowledge vs Science), the status of the collaboration between the Arctic researchers and the local communities to the development of innovative ideas for the carving of a renewed relationship.

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« Inuit tautunga iyimut - Looking on a troubled Inuit territory », March 2013

Photo: Radio-Canada

PhD student at UQAR, CEN student and director of the organization ARCTIConnexion, Vincent L'Hérault presented the exhibition "Inuit tautunga iyimut - Looking on a troubled Inuit territory," from March 20 to August 25, 2013, at House of the Jesuits, Sillery, Quebec. "The exhibition sheds light on some consequences of environmental change and development in northern Quebec on the people who live there. 

On an Interview with Coup de coeur Radio Canada, Vincent explains how his interest for Inuit knowledge had grown and his understanding of the social and environmental problems that northern residents are facing.

Iqavik Club

Photo: Iqavik Club

The Iqavik Club is a collective kitchen initiative coordinated by Alicia Aragutak and Marie-Hélène Morin.  Three days a week women of all ages, and sometimes men, come together to cook, have fun and talk, while they make their families healthy, affordable food. Iqavik Club activities take place in a CEN warehouse, co-owned with the community and Makivik Corporation. Part of the warehouse has been converted into a kitchen. 

The Iqavik Club has a positive impact on the entire community’s well-being. People are saying they’re eating better, learning new recipes, and saving money.This community kitchen also works with social services, helping families in need and bringing elders extra food.

CEN is proud to be part of this great initiative!

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Multimedia content

Les Années lumières aux oiseaux - four seasons birds


Interview with CEN's researcher Francois Vézina.

Radio-Canada International (RCI), July 5, 2015.

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Les Années lumières aux oiseaux - Migration


Interview with CEN's researcher Joël Bêty.

Radio-Canada International (RCI), May 28, 2015.

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Sustainable development and climate change : challenges of the North


Interview with CEN scientific coordinator Christine Barnard.

By Anne-Marie Yvon, Radio-Canada International (RCI), February 11, 2014.

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Nordicity: visiting Iceland, Greenland and Nunavik


Interview with CEN researcher James Woollett

Les Chemins de travers, ICI Radio-Canada, July 27, 2014

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Climate changes could affect breeding in birds in the Arctic


Interview with CEN's student  Catherine Doucet.

Info-Réveil, Radio-Canada International (RCI), September 24, 2014, at the time 8h40.

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Les grandes rencontres des Années lumière - Louis-Edmond Hamelin


Interview with CEN' founder, Louis-Edmond Hamelin
By Yanick Villedieu, Radio-Canada International (RCI), January 8, 2012.

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« Hands-on: Women, Climate, Change », a documentary created by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT), 2014 (48 min.)


Hands-on profiles five women from four continents tackling climate change through policy, protest, education and innovation. The film powerfully demonstrates how women are transferring knowledge and local networks into hands-on strategies.

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« Research Experience in the Arctic, East Bay, Nunavut » by Loreleï Guéry, 2014 (1 min 36)


Travel and popular science video by PhD student and CEN member Loreleï Guéry. The video was produced as part of the Nature in all its forms symposium  at UQAR.

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A cross-generational and cross-cultural land camp has taken place in August 2013 in the Cree community of Whapmagoostui, on eastern Hudson Bay, Québec. A party of 18 people of all ages spent five days together on the land to share their mutual knowledge and to come together around the themes of northern plants, climate change and environmental sciences. The group included four Elders, four Youth, and seven field assistants from Whapmagoostui, two researchers from the Centre d'études nordiques and a filmmaker from Wapikoni mobile.

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« Live science from the North » by Alexandre Truchon-Savard, 2013 (12 min)


In order to encourage success in school, Youth Fusion and the Laval University's Centre d'études nordiques (CEN) teamed up to bring real life science projects in the community of Kuujjuarapik-Whapmagoostui.

Produced by Science Coordinator Alexandre Truchon-Savard, this video shows the best moments out of more than 80 science activities that took place at CEN research station and at two local schools of Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik in spring 2013.

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« Bylot 2013 » by Andreanne Beardsell, 2013 (4 min 32)


Watch this beautiful video of summer research life on Bylot Island, Nunavut by Andréanne Beardsell, M.Sc. student member at CEN under the co-supervision of Daniel Fortier.

Bylot Island is an ecological hotspot in the Canadian arctic due to its rich pergiglacial landscape which support a myriad of wetlands used as nesting ground by migratory birds. Andréanne studies the impact of permafrost degradation and climate change-related geomorphological hazards on the nesting habitat of the rough-legged hawk predator.

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« Joël Bêty, passionate researcher » by Brite Pauchetand Guy Lavigeur, 2012 (6 min 34)


ACFAS Discover Magazine presents the video "Joel Bêty passionate researcher " by Brite Pauchet and Guy Lavigeur. This production attemps to show how research unfolds from day to day, who are the artisans of science and where originates their passion.

Among their studies, arctic ecosystems biologist Joël Bêty and his team are curious about the migration of snow geese, the predatory behavior and movement of arctic fox, and the impact of climate change on Arctic birds. Their "laboratory" stretches from Bylot Island to Rimouski, where journalists found them busy preparing for their new mission.

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« The North at heart » produced by Serge Giguère, 2012 (1 h 48)


In this movie, Serge Giguère presents Louis-Edmond Hamelin, founder and honorary member of CEN as a unique and lovable character, who invented the concept of nordicity and became a great defender of autochthony.

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« Paleoceanographic reconstructions in Nunatsiavut fjords by Thomas Richerol, 2012 (1 min 17)


CEN PhD student Thomas Richerol was awarded the Editor's prize for the Frostbyte he presented at the IPY 2012 Conference among 200 submissions. As part of the IPY Conference, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) invited everyone to catch Frostbytes - short abstracts of research recorded as an audio file, slideshow or video which shared information about their research and aimed to attract delegates to their poster or oral presentation.

Thomas Richerol uses sedimentary sequences to assess the impact of natural and anthropogenic disturbances in three fjord ecosystems of Labrador, Canada.

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Didactic resources

Nunavik environmental monitoring


A popular science poster by Kativik students

Avativut - Science in Nunavik, July 2014.


How many berries are there?


Avativut - Science in Nunavik, February, 2014


Hazard comic


A great communication tool generated by the Landscape Hazards Mapping: Burwash Landing and Destruction Bay  project, Yukon Research Centre (YRC), march 2013.


Our Forested Land – Napâttulivut Nunak


By doctorate student Isabel Lemus-Lauzon (2013)


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