By Miriam MacDonald, Lucassie Arragutainaq and Zach Novalinga.
In the 1990’s, unhappy with the existing environmental assessment process, the community of Sanikiluaq decided to take a more proactive approach and formed the Hudson Bay Programme bringing together 28 Inuit and Cree communities across Hudson Bay and James Bay to synthesize their own knowledge of environmental change. Published in 1997 by the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, the outcome of this project was Voices from the Bay which set a precedent for Indigenous knowledge mobilization and was recognized in We the Peoples: 50 Communities at the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. To this day it remains a definitive source for knowledge of the region and has catalyzed many collaborative stewardship efforts, including the recently formed Hudson Bay Consortium. (100 pages, colour, paperback).
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