Inuvialuit Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) of Beluga Whale (Delphinaterus leucas) in a Changing Climate in Tuktoyaktuk, NT

dc.contributor.advisorPearce, Tristan
dc.contributor.advisorBradshaw, Ben
dc.contributor.authorWaugh, Devin
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-04T20:15:08Z
dc.date.available2018-01-04T20:15:08Z
dc.date.copyright2018-01
dc.date.created2017-11-15
dc.date.issued2018-01-04
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Geographyen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.degree.programmeGeographyen_US
dc.description.abstractBeluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) are an important food source for Inuvialuit, Indigenous peoples of the western Canadian Arctic. This thesis documents Inuvialuit TEK about the ecology and behaviour of the beluga whale, hunting techniques, food preparation and values, in the context of changing climatic conditions in Tuktoyaktuk, NT. Data were collected using semi-directed interviews with 17 Inuvialuit beluga harvesters and participant observation, and thematic analysis methods were used to code data. The research found that Inuvialuit harvesters possess detailed rational knowledge of beluga, particularly regarding hunting techniques and food preparation, and are guided by a moral code about how to behave with respect to beluga. Inuvialuit are observing rapid changes in the environment, some with implications for beluga hunting and food preparation but are coping thus far. This research contributes to addressing gaps in the literature on Inuvialuit perspectives on beluga, particularly in the context of rapid climatic change.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipAurora Research Institute
dc.description.sponsorshipNorthern Scientific Training Program (NSTP)
dc.description.sponsorshipSSHRC
dc.description.sponsorshipNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
dc.description.sponsorshipFisheries and Oceans Canada|ArcticNet Project 1.8 - Knowledge Co-Production for the Identification and Selection of Ecological, Social, and Economic Indicators for the Beaufort Sea
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/12143
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectclimate changeen_US
dc.subjectTEKen_US
dc.subjectIndigenousen_US
dc.subjectco-managementen_US
dc.subjectarcticen_US
dc.titleInuvialuit Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) of Beluga Whale (Delphinaterus leucas) in a Changing Climate in Tuktoyaktuk, NTen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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