Research Responding to the Needs of Inuit

Author: Glencore Canada | Date: 19/02/2018

After Inuit peoples from two nearby communities, Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq, expressed their worry about Arctic char, Raglan Mine began to actively collaborate with the Nunavik Research Centre (NRC), which operates under the slogan, “Research Responding to the Needs of Inuit.”

Since 1998, through an initiative called the Scientific Fishing Program, data has been collected on Arctic char (an important element of the diet of many Inuit communities). Recent analysis of such data has shown a decline in fish body condition, which the Sallumiut refer to as “skinny fish.” Causes have not yet been determined, however, since Arctic char is of great cultural importance to the Inuit people, the NRC decided to conduct an in-depth study of the issue initiating the Iqaluppik project. The project aims to acquire knowledge on the health of Arctic char populations. Raglan Mine contributed to the study by providing the necessary logistical and technical support.

In 2015, the Kativik Regional Government launched an ice monitoring research project to document key changes in the behaviour and amount of ice surrounding Salluit, Deception Bay and Kangiqsujuaq. Supported by Raglan Mine along with the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Quebec’s scientific research institute, the study aims to help Inuit communities adapt to climate change and to identify the impact of increased regional ship traffic on the local ecosystem.

In 2016, a joint team of specialists and local knowledge holders through Raglan Mine’s Environment Department conducted a water quality monitoring campaign in Deception Bay. Analyses of water quality have shown that the water of the lakes located nearby Deception Bay has proven satisfactory. This same year, keeping the environmental monitoring activities open to Inuit participation, Raglan Mine welcomed NRC staff members to observe and work alongside its technicians and environmental coordinators during several water and dust sampling campaigns.

Raglan Mind funds other initiatives regarding biodiversity worth mentioning:

  • Each year, the team behind the Caribou Ungava research program comes to Deception Bay to study the impact of climate change on the habitat and predict the evolution of caribou food resources.
  • Raglan Mine has provided logistical and technical assistance to Fisheries and Oceans Canada to take samples of the MV Arctic ballast tanks as part of a study on invasive species.


Shared Value

It isn’t difficult to see the shared value realized through Raglan Mine’s support of research programs.

Researchers can obtain the critical information and backing it needs to better support and sustain the livelihoods of the Inuit people in Nunavik.

Raglan Mine garners goodwill and the trust of its local stakeholders, key partners in the business, by supporting research programs that respond to community concerns regarding the region’s land, water and animals.