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About Sustainable Nunatsiavut Futures

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Our Vision

This is a transdisciplinary project in which scientists, community members and students learn together, build relationships, and create bonds. This project hopes to combine Inuit Knowledge and western science to support informed decisions and planning for the Zone of the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area, and ensure protection of Inuit interests into the future.


Our four-level research model explores sustainable and inclusive solutions to impacts on marine resource utilization, livelihoods, and food security. We want to ensure that this is done in a way that values knowledge exchange, two-way training, and community engagement, with the same precision and vigor as the excellent science produced. Our scientific model therefore incorporates some necessary extra steps in the scientific process, while ensuring a path towards Inuit self-determination.

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The right of Inuit to freely determine their political status and pursue economic, social, and cultural development

Knowledge mobilized by Inuit that may include scientific knowledge and traditional knowledge

Longstanding knowledge, practice, and belief, developed from experience gained over centuries and adapted to the local culture and environment, handed down through the generations

Systematic enterprise that gathers and condenses knowledge into testable laws and principles

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