Search and Rescue in Nunavut

This research looks at the causes of search and rescue (SAR) and more broadly unintentional injuries on the land in Nunavut. We focus on SAR because of the health and cultural importance to being on the land. Further, SAR costs the Government of Nunavut roughly $850,000 annually and in 2015 represented over 450 individuals requiring assistance.

We have conducted both qualitative and quantitative studies to assess social and environmental links to vulnerability to injury. Quantitative studies have used data from the Knowledge Management System (KMS) through the National Search and Rescue Secretariat. Qualitative studies have been based on interviews and participatory observation with land users, Elders, and officials in Arviat, Whale Cove, and Pangnirtung.

Our research has been shared at various conferences, with the study communities, and with the emergency management field. The research has also informed prevention programs such as a young hunters course we helped coordinate in Arviat. We have also been involved in SAR response, we are working with Qaujijiartiit Health Research Centre and various Nunavut communities to develop evidence-based practices for SAR response.

Project Contact: Dylan Clark

dgclark92@gmail.com or @dylanG_clark (Twitter)