Marine conservation area boundary proposal is based on Inuit oral history

Now, in a bid to assert Inuit interests in protecting Lancaster Sound as both a species-rich ecosystem and as an important hunting resource, a group representing several Baffin-area communities — in collaboration with federal archivists and the Montreal-based environmental consultancy Strata360 — have converted mountains of recordings, interview transcripts, hand-drawn maps and other documents into a set of proposed boundaries for the marine park.

The information, gathered by university researchers from Inuit hunters and elders in 1972 and 1973, was collected partly to ensure the accumulated wisdom of a people would not be lost amid wrenching social changes then unfolding in the North.

My old prof, cultural geographer Bernard Nietschmann would be proud.

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