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University of Colorado Boulder

Publication Date

Fall 2017

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Iceland and Greenland: Climate Change and The Arctic


This paper attempts to study the climate change vulnerability and adaptation literature in Nunavut, a province in the Canadian Arctic. The paper begins with a review of literature produced by Inuit organizations on colonization in the Canadian Arctic and Nunavut specifically, then systematically reviews the literature on climate change vulnerability and adaptation. Using a post-colonial analysis, this study found that while the climate change vulnerability and adaptation literature attempts to attend to colonial histories and legacies, it often falls short. Climate change vulnerability and adaptation literature had minimal representation of colonization, residential schooling, sanatoria, and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit. This may perpetuate unequal power relationships between researchers and participants, and can potentially lead to maladaptation. The literature references mining and shipping more often, however they rarely mention or attempt to quantify the vulnerabilities these activities pose to communities in the Canadian North. The paper ends with recommendations for future research.


Climate | Environmental Studies | Human Ecology | Indigenous Studies | Place and Environment | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Social and Cultural Anthropology


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