Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Polar Bears in the Northern Eeyou Marine Region, Quebec, Canada.
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Laforest, Brandon J.
Hebert, Julie S.
Obbard, Martyn E.
Thiemann, Gregory W.
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Polar bears are important socio-cultural symbols in the communities of the Eeyou Marine Region (EMR) in northwestern Quebec, Canada. Members of the Cree communities in this region are generally not active polar bear hunters, but they encounter polar bears when fishing, trapping, or hunting during the ice-free season. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that reduced annual sea ice cover in Hudson Bay has led to declines in body condition of polar bears in the local Southern Hudson Bay subpopulation and to a population decline in the neighboring Western Hudson Bay subpopulation. In June 2012, we conducted 15 semi-directed interviews on the subject of polar bear biology and climate change with local elders and hunters in three communities in the northern EMR: Wemindji, Chisasibi, and Whapmagoostui. The interviews held in Whapmagoostui included informants from Kuujjuarapik, the adjacent Inuit community. The interviews addressed knowledge gaps in the Recovery Strategy for Polar B.....
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.2
Spatial CoverageEeyou Marine Region
CitationLaforest, B. J., Hébert, J. S., Obbard, M. E. and Thiemann, G. W. (2018) Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Polar Bears in the Northern Eeyou Marine Region, Québec, Canada. Arctic, 71:4696, pp.40-58. DOI: https://doi.org/10.14430/arctic4696
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