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Indigenous fish and wildlife co-management as an opportunity to support Inuit well-being

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dc.contributor.advisor Harper, Sherilee
dc.contributor.advisor Jones-Bitton, Andria
dc.contributor.author Snook, Jamie
dc.date.accessioned 2021-10-05T19:21:24Z
dc.date.available 2021-10-05T19:21:24Z
dc.date.copyright 2021-09
dc.date.created 2021-09-23
dc.date.issued 2020-10-03
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10214/26501
dc.description.abstract Inuit in the Circumpolar North are closely tied to the lands, waters, and wildlife, which underpin livelihoods, food, cultural continuity, and well-being. Co-management institutions in Canada—arising from Inuit treaties—were created to increase the inclusion of Inuit voices and Inuit knowledge in recommendations about wildlife management. Co-management decisions have important implications for Inuit well-being; however, research has yet to explicitly explore how co-management decisions can enhance and impact Inuit well-being. Therefore, this dissertation research characterized how wildlife co-management impacts well-being in Inuit Nunangat. An Indigenous co-management-led research approach was used, which drew from decolonizing methodologies, boundary work theory, and community-based research principles. First, systematic critical review methods uncovered no publications that explicitly analysed co-management from a health or well-being lens; however, social determinants of health were implicit and prevalent in the literature. Responding to this research gap, data were then collected through conversational research interviews with co-management practitioners throughout Inuit Nunangat (n=21 interviews), and with Inuit in Nunatsiavut (n=21 interviews). Qualitative data were deductively and inductively analysed using a constant comparative method and thematic analysis. Co-management practitioners described how co-management institutions can act as boundary work organizations and how the social determinants of health could be integrated inside the shared space of co-management. Nunatsiavut Inuit underscored the importance of considering the determinants of health in co-management decision-making processes. For instance, Inuit explained how historic conservation management decisions had disrupted important connections among caribou and Inuit, particularly related to food, culture, and well-being; the socio-cultural and emotional impacts of the criminalization of an important cultural practice, as well as perceived inequities in wildlife conservation enforcement; and the frustration, anger, and hurt they experienced with not being heard or included in caribou management decisions. Similarly, Inuit reflected on how commercial fisheries remain a social struggle with multiple injustices, and identified opportunities for Inuit well-being indicators to be integrated into baseline monitoring and to measure progress. These results provide insights into experiences of historic and ongoing colonial wildlife management decisions, and highlight future directions for co-management initiatives—emphasising the health and well-being of Inuit and wildlife. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship University of Guelph, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Guelph en_US
dc.subject co-management en_US
dc.subject Inuit en_US
dc.subject Indigenous en_US
dc.subject fisheries en_US
dc.subject wildlife en_US
dc.subject well-being en_US
dc.subject social determinants of health en_US
dc.title Indigenous fish and wildlife co-management as an opportunity to support Inuit well-being en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Public Health en_US
dc.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Population Medicine en_US
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dcterms.relation Snook, J.; Cunsolo, A.; Borish, D.; Furgal, C.; Ford, J.D.; Shiwak, I.; Flowers, C.T.R.; Harper, S.L. “We’re Made Criminals Just to Eat off the Land”: Colonial Wildlife Management and Repercussions on Inuit Well-Being. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8177. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198177. en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Guelph en_US


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