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.
CEN would like to thank the outgoing director, Dr Najat Bhiry, for all the hard work she accomplished during her two consecutive mandates as CEN Director from 2012 to 2018. This includes securing a large CFI grant to construct CEN`s ninth research station in Kangiqsualujjuaq, which opened last summer for research and community involvement. We wish Prof Bhiry, who will remain active in CEN’s activities, the best of success in her future endeavours.
Dr Richard Fortier, professor at the Department of Geology and Geologic Engineering (ULaval) took the director’s position at the beginning of last month. Prof Fortier has been an active CEN member for many years now, and possess a vast experience of the North. Please join us in wishing him a smooth transition in his new role as CEN’s director!
The inauguration of the recently built (2018) CEN research station in Kangiqsualujjuaq took place September 5-6th 2018. The event was a great success, with more than 60 participants from the community, 5 members of CEN and 1 member of CIÉRA. The opening ceremony was officially launched with a prayer by Norman Snowball, followed by an opening speech by Hilda Snowball, Mayor of Kangiqsualujjuaq. Najat Bhiry, Director of the CEN, then spoke, followed by Ellen Avard, Director of the Nunavik Research Centre (Makivik Corporation), Michael Barrett, Assoc. Director of the Environment Dept. at KRG and Charlie Munick, Director of Kuururjuaq Provincial Park. All speakers underscored the importance of involving Northerners in scientific research to better understand the environment and observed changes. A magnificent flag of the Northern Village was signed by all the participants and hung in the station's meeting room. The participants then proposed names in Inuktitut for the new station, which was also built to become a platform for knowledge exchange of Inuit and academic knowledge. The chosen name, Sukuijarvik, means "Science Place". Ongoing research in the area covers work on permafrost and infrastructure, slope dynamics, water quality of lakes and rivers, Arctic char, and social and health sciences.
The festivities continued with various games bringing together people of different ages (children, adults, elders) and cultures (Inuit and non-Inuit). The day of September 5th ended with a local feast (suvalik, bannik, fish chowder (Arctic char)), grilled fish, and corn brought from the “South”, prepared by Mary Emudluk, Rita Annanack, Eleonora Townley and Emily Emudluk. The next day, a berry-picking contest prompted about fifty participants to search the area for little orange treasures called "arpik" (cloudberry). Upon their return to the station, the pickers had their harvest officially weighed. The winning harvests had to weigh as close as possible to 3.3 pounds, without exceeding (a weight proposed by the organizers). The winners in the women's category were: Sarah Pasha Annanack, Minnie Billy Morgan, and Maggie Etok Imak; and in the men's category: Bobby Unatweenuk, Jimmy Unatweenuk and Alec Morgan.
This project was mainly funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Université Laval.
Thank you to all those who participated in making this inauguration a success: Jeannie Annanack, Ellen Avard, Christine Barnard, Michael Barrett, Najat Bhiry, Nancy Etok, Richard Fortier, José Gérin-Lajoie, Charlie Munick, Élise Rioux-Paquette, Thierry Rodon, Eleonora Townley, Hilda Snowball.
CEN wishes a warm welcome to Jeannie Annanack (left) and Eleonora Townley (right) as our new managers for the SUKUIJARVIK CEN-Kangiqsualujjuaq station which recently opened in 2018. The station Inuktitut name means “place of science”. CEN hired Eleonora as the year-round manager and Jeannie will also be hired over the summer months. Both Eleonora and Jeannie are leaders of the local Youth Committee and are highly involved in community activities. They have been helping José Gérin-Lajoie organize the Imalirijit Science Camp, held yearly in Kangiqsualujjuaq over the past three years. Welcome to CEN ladies!