This summer, a group of 30 adventurers set off on an expedition down the magnificent George River, located on the Ungava peninsula in Nunavik, Northern Quebec. The expedition team consisted of members of the Kangiqsualujjuaq community and a small group of scientists. This was the second edition of the Imalirijiit project, a scientific and cultural camp which takes place outdoors (or “out on the land” as northerners say) which was jointly organized and financed by the Kangiqsualujjuaq community and researchers from UQTR, UdeM, OHMI Nunavik, and the Centre for Northern Studies. Imalirijiit means “those who study water” and is a unique collaborative project which aims to spark interest in science within the community and establish a long-term community-based environmental monitoring program. After a rocky start to the camp, the expedition team came together to accomplish our common goals and the local guides, elders and youth participated in the scientific and educational activities with great enthusiasm. Imalirijiit 2017 was a great success!
Other members of the scientific team: José Gérin-Lajoie, Émilie Hébert-Houle, Justine-Anne Rowell, Élise Rioux-Paquette, et Mathieu Monfette
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