1. The beluga whale harvest monitoring program has provided critical information about beluga health and observed changes in the Eastern Beaufort Sea beluga population that migrates to the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in the western Canadian Arctic every summer.
2. Inuvialuit traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) about beluga was captured through questionnaires, interviews, and public meetings and a suite of local indicators of beluga health that bridged TEK with western science through the co-production of knowledge was developed.
3. Inuvialuit TEK on belugas health is based on community members' experience harvesting and observing beluga and the knowledge passed down from previous generations. Inuvialuit TEK about beluga includes the physical and behavioural characteristics of belugas, cosmology and values around how to behave when hunting.
4. This research furthers our understanding of Inuvialuit TEK and how Inuvialuit values and knowledge can support monitoring of beluga health.
Read the full paper in Arctic Science: "That's how we know they're healthy": the inclusion of traditional ecological knowledge in beluga health monitoring in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region
Corresponding author: Sonja K. Ostertag, Sonja.Ostertag@dfo-mpo.gc.ca