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Trailblazing Nunatsiavut researchers study the ocean, and add Inuit context for other scientists – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 20, 2023105 Views

Mar 20, 2023

1st time Nunatsiavut members have been aboard CCG Amundsen’s annual research expedition

Every year, the Canadian Coast Guard ship Amundsen makes a trek through the Labrador Sea, operating as an icebreaker and research vessel. On the most recent trip in 2022, the scenery was brand new to many of the scientists on board, but for two of them, northern Labrador is home.

“There’s a nice little beach up inside there,” said Carla Pamak, the research adviser for the Nunatsiavut government, as the ship drifted near Hebron Fiord.

“That’s where I caught my first char,” replied Michelle Saunders, a biologist and research manager.

Pamak and Saunders are the first members of Nunatsiavut to have ever been aboard an Amundsen expedition. For them, the vessel’s scientific work is personal.

“This isn’t just research for the sake of research. This is research for the sake of Nunatsiavut,” said Saunders.

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