In the 1990s, headlines about declining caribou populations grabbed international attention. Were caribou the canary in the coal mine for climate change, or did declining numbers reflect overharvesting or failed attempts at scientific wildlife management? Grounded in community-based research in northern Canada, a region in the forefront of co-management efforts, these collected stories and essays bring to the fore the insights of the Inuvialuit, Gwich’in, and Sahtú, people for whom caribou stewardship has been a way of life for centuries. Ultimately, this powerful book drives home the important role that Indigenous knowledge must play in understanding, and coping with, our changing Arctic ecosystems.
About the authors
Brenda L. Parlee is an associate professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. Ken J. Caine is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta.
As a case study, the book provides a clear illustration of how environmental change interacts with changes in livelihoods and culture... readers are given a vision of how traditional approaches to fostering resilience can inform adaptive co-management of complex ecological systems. Summing Up: Recommended.