- Postdoctoral Researcher
Primary Purpose: The overall purpose of this project is to analyze Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ; Inuit traditional knowledge) of polar bears that has been documented in public hearings held by the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board (NMWB), and to determine how this analysis can yield policy-relevant insights, with direction from an Inuit project steering committee. Specific study objectives are to:
1. Analyze IQ of polar bears that has been documented in recent NWMB hearings (2007 and later) and making this knowledge available to Inuit, polar bear managers, researchers, and the general public;
2. Inform polar bear management and decision making at multiple scales (local, territorial, national, international) in relation to polar bear harvest management, identification of critical polar bear habitat, marine and land-use planning, as well as mitigation of polar bear-human conflict;
3. Contribute to polar bear research in a way that enhances intercultural and interdisciplinary practices and supports priorities outlined in the National Inuit Strategy on Research;
Generating knowledge to support the meaningful mobilization of IQ in polar bear co-management processes; and
4. Support intergenerational sharing of and learning from IQ.
Nature of Work: The PDF will work closely with the Principal Investigator, Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, and Environment and Climate Change Canada personnel, the Inuit project steering committee, and Nunavut-based research assistants.
Depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 and local public health measures, this work may be performed online and/or at the University of Saskatchewan campus. Work will be performed following all local public health measures, Nunavut Scientific Research License conditions, and university-specific research ethics and safety requirements. The PDF will be able to work on their own schedule as long as project deadlines are met, and may have to adapt to an evolving project schedule due to COVID-19 or other unforeseen circumstances. Some travel to Nunavut may become possible over the course of the project and has been currently budgeted for. The PDF would need to reside in Canada and will need consistent, regular access to a reliable internet connection.