Research

It is the NMRWB’s mandate to oversee the management and regulation of wildlife and matters pertaining thereto in the Nunavik Marine Region (NMR). Research, including both western science and Inuit Traditional Knowledge (ITK), plays an integral role in assisting the NMRWB in its wildlife management role.

The Research trust

The NMRWB requires an informed and effective role in wildlife research in order to fulfill its management functions. NILCA article 5.2.7.2 lays the groundwork for the creation of a fund that will be used to finance research activities within the NMR that respond to deficiencies in current knowledge. In doing so, the NMRWB can ensure continued harvesting of wildlife by the Nunavik Inuit that will meet their basic personal needs.

Funding application

Is your project eligible to this research fund?

Governmental departments (Researchers, students, NGO) can submit their research project using the application form and guidelines below. Projects must respond to NMRWB research priorities and be conducted within the limits of the Nunavik Marine Region. Projects promoting and encouraging the training or employment of Nunavik Inuit in different fields of wildlife research and management will be favored.

NMRWB funded research should meet the following criteria to the best extent possible:

  • Meet the needs of the NMRWB for making management decisions
  • Recognize the value of Nunavik Inuit knowledge of wildlife and wildlife habitat
  • Provide training or employment opportunities for Nunavimmiut
  • Include meaningful consultation with, and reporting to, involved communities
  • Strive to include participation of Nunavik Inuit in the following ways:
    • Data collection
    • Local guides / Hire support locally
    • As knowledge holders

NMRWB Research fund

The standard application form is available for researchers to download at any time of the year

Research priorities

Review of applications is based primarily on current research priorities.

Based on a survey conducted in 2015 and 2016, NMRWB staff gained a better understanding on the research priorities of the region’s hunters. The surveys were completed by elected members of the 14 Nunavik community’s Local Nunavimmi Umajulirijiit Katujjiqatigiinningit (LNUKs) / Anguviapik. The following species and topics are considered as high priority issues for research:

  • Species: Ringed seals (identified as the species that most needed additional attention), polar bears and walrus
  • Potential impacts of development (e.g. marine shipping, construction of port infrastructure, etc.) on marine and coastal ecosystems
  • Invasive species

List of research priorities

Find out about research priorities in the Nunavik Marine Region

Currently funded research

The past and current projects funded by NMRWB include research into individual species, frequently for population assessment (e.g. aerial surveys of beluga) as well as research looking at broader issues or that deal with ecosystem wide impacts (e.g. hydroelectric impacts on sea ice).

Community-Based Monitoring of East Hudson Bay

(under construction)

Nunavik Inuit Knowledge and Values of Polar Bears

(under construction)

Previous projects

List of all research project previously funded