We’re losing language, we’re losing traditional ways, and the loss of a food, a cultural food, is just as high of an importance as language, as craft, and art, and all the rest of it.
- Judy Voisey, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Nunatsiavut
As a research initiative, the HERD project has co-created knowledge with Inuit about their relationship with caribou in the context of the population declines and hunting ban. We conducted video interviews that were used not only for the creation of the documentary film, but also as a form of data that could be explored through an innovative analytical approach which combines documentary film and qualitative research. Through this process, we were able to co-create journal articles published on a range of social and health science topics, including identity and cultural continuity, social connections, ecological grief and mental health, Inuit involvement in wildlife management, and our visual methodology. Below you can read more about the research we have conducted.
“We’re made criminals just to eat off the land:” Colonial wildlife management and repercussions on Inuit wellbeing
“Caribou was the reason, and everything else happened after”: Effects of caribou declines on Inuit in Labrador, Canada.
Global Environmental Change (2021)
“It’s like a connection between all of us”: Inuit social connections and caribou declines in Labrador, Canada.
Ecology and Society (2022)
Relationships between Rangifer and Indigenous Well-being in the North American Arctic and Subarctic: A Review Based on the Academic Published Literature
"You can never replace the caribou": Inuit experiences of ecological grief from caribou declines.
American Imago (2020)
Moving images, moving methods: Advancing documentary film for qualitative research.
International Journal of Qualitative Methods (2021)