Nunatsiavut, meaning “Our Beautiful Land”, is a coastal region in northeastern Canada spanning almost 5 degrees of latitude. Inuit Nunangat, the homeland of the Inuit in Canada, covers 70% of Canada's coast, of which 20,000 km comprise Nunatsiavut.
Nunatsiavut is part of the Inuit Settlement Area, which includes Labrador Inuit Lands and the Torngat Mountains National Park, and consists of 72,520km2 of land and 45,690km2 of the adjacent ocean area referred to as “The Zone”.
This research is co-led and implemented by and for Nunatsiavummiut (the people of Nunatsiavut) in order to examine and adapt to ongoing climate and habitat change. Five communities and 2790 people call Nunatsiavut their home, read about each community by clicking on the icons on the map! Learn more about the history of Nunatsiavut here.
The Zone (the blue area on the map) is the primary area of focus in this project, providing a platform for the innovative development of partnerships between Indigenous communities and scientists to examine rapidly-changing coastal systems. Understanding and predicting change within these locally, regionally and globally significant ecosystems requires the co-development of research objectives and approaches. In this project, we focus on the coastal and inner shelf environments across seasons and along a latitudinal gradient in coastal Labrador during both ice-covered and ice-free months of the year, in coastal oceanography and ecosystems from the terrestrial-marine interface out onto the continental shelf.