East Hudson Bay Network
WHO WE ARE
The East Hudson Bay Network is a collaborative group of community leaders, non-profits, government, academics, and funding agencies working towards addressing the cumulative impacts of environmental change in east Hudson Bay. Our goal is to link community-driven research programs in Sanikiluaq, Inukjuaq, Umiujaq, Kuujjuaraapik and Chisasibi to provide a comprehensive analysis of changing oceanography, sea ice dynamics and wildlife ecology in east Hudson Bay.
The foundation of the program is based on the extensive consultation, traditional knowledge and priorities identified through the Hudson Bay Programme and Voices from the Bay over the last by over 20 years. Our goal is to establish a network of community-driven research that will address data gaps and provide the information required to make decisions about wildlife co-management, development projects, accumulation of contaminants and mitigation of environmental impacts affecting sea ice ecosystems.
- Provide training and meaningful employment for local hunters, allowing them to use their skills and knowledge of sea ice ecosystems to systematically monitor oceanographic and ecological conditions in collaboration with academic and government researchers
- Connect monitoring programs among communities through an Interactive Knowledge Mapping Platform, providing each community with meaningful access to results on a near-real time basis, an archive of knowledge collected in the region and a forum for ongoing feedback, comments and interpretation of results by scientists and community members.
- Provide critical information about environmental changes in the region to stakeholders including communities, provincial, territorial and regional governments. Efforts will contribute to the ArcticNet Hudson Bay Integrated Regional Impact Study (IRIS), providing a starting point for assessing cumulative impacts in the region and a guiding document for a Hudson Bay Consortium that will establish stewardship for research and environmental governance in the greater Hudson Bay marine ecosystem.
Learn more about our community-driven research programs
Learn more about the Hudson Bay Consortium and get involved
If you'd like to help support these new on-the-ground programs or our work to establish stewardship for Hudson Bay through a Consortium, please consider making a donation.
You can help!
It costs approximately $300 per day to cover a hunter’s honorarium, skidoo, fuel and other supplies to deploy oceanographic and ecological monitoring equipment. Our goal is to crowd fund enough to cover a single monitoring trip per week in each of the five communities for a total of 14 weeks between Janurary and April, for a total fundraising goal of $21,000. This will be matched by research funding from our partners allowing more extensive coverage as well as opportunities for youth engagement during winter programs.