I am an Inuk from Nain, Nunatsiavut who enjoys the outdoors, photography, and reading in my spare time.
I just recently completed the coursework for my undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and I have plans for a Master of Arts in Environmental Policy at the Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.
I am an analytical person who likes to research in different areas of environmental and resource management. My goal for my graduate studies is to examine current wildlife management practices and how it impacts indigenous peoples, specifically the Inuit on the North Coast of Labrador with respect to the current George River Caribou Herd moratorium. This is interesting to me because there is little evidence in the academic field to support this issue. My studies will look at the method of prey switching and how it is changing the lifestyle of the Labrador Inuit through financial, social/cultural, and dietary adversities.
At the moment, I am employed distantly at the Labrador Institute in Nain under the supervision of Dr. Catherine Keske and Morgon Mills. I am accumulating literature review work that is focusing on waste management challenges and opportunities in northern settlements that are dependent on resource development and isolation. This is new to me and so far, I am finding it more and more exciting that this type of work will contribute to something meaningful and beneficial for the people who are settled in Arctic and subarctic environments.
I believe that indigenous peoples (like myself) can strengthen their identity to the environment through resource management, environmental science/studies, and policy as we are in a time where these dimensions are highly valued from external associations.