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S.BlangySylvie is a researcher at the CNRS and hosted at the CEFE (Centre for Functional Ecology and Evolutionary) on INEE position since late 2011. She is director of the GDR PARCS, which is a group of researchers and civil society actors. She is co-director of the OHMI Nunavik-TUKISIK with Monique Bernier. Sylvie has been working since 2006 in the Arctic and sub-Arctic, in collaboration with the Cree, Inuit and Saami, to develop action-participatory research projects designed and conducted with and by communities, tools and techniques adapted to indigenous contexts, taking into account their concerns and priorities (social and economic impacts of mining, food security, climate change, ecotourism ...). Sylvie works with the Nunavut Inuit of Qamani'tuaq on mining impacts and the Saami in Sweden on the governance of Sameby with the support of IPEV since 2007. Under its Marie Curie fellowship, she has developed with local partners new research methods linking local expertise and scientific knowledge.

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Najat Bhiry, Professor, Department of Geography and Director of the Centre for Northern Studies (CEN), and Deputy Director of the Office Nunavik.

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mbernier 2015Dr Monique Bernier is professor at the INRS since 1993. Her research interests include water resources monitoring in all its forms (snow, river ice, peat, soil moisture, soil frost) mainly using data from radar sensors but also optical images. She is Assistant Director at the Centre for Northern Studies, a strategic combination of over 60 researchers, and is also vice-president of the Canadian Association of Nordic Studies that administers several scholarship programs encouraging northern research. She actively works in northern Quebec with northern communities, the Kativik Regional Government, Kativik School Board, the Min. Transport of Quebec, Ouranos or Hydro-Québec to set up monitoring coastal or fluvial ice tools. She also developed the program Avativut with colleagues from UQTR and Université Laval. This program seeks to involve secondary schools students from Nunavik in their environment monitoring. In 2011, she received the Prix Ferdinand Bonn of the Quebec Remote Sensing Association for her contribution to the training of the next generation in remote sensing and her contribution to the development of remote sensing in Quebec and Canada. She is co-chair of OHMI TUKISIK since its creation in 2013.

Jean-Pierre DEDIEU - Projects "Mines" and "Landcamps"

Photo JPDedieu mini 1Dr. Jean-Pierre Dedieu is a senior researcher at CNRS, at the Laboratory of Transfers in Hydrology and Environment (LTHE), in Grenoble (France). He is also Cartographer Engineer (ESHC Paris) and visiting professor at the INRS (Quebec, Canada). He is specialized in optical and radar remote sensing in mountain areas applied to the cryosphere. Since 1986 he is responsible for several scientific programs in optics and SAR remote sensing accredited at PNTS-INSU (France), ESA, the Canadian Space Agency and CNES (Vega 2000, soars, Spot5-Take5, Venμs project ). His fields of application are in Europe (Alps), Asia (Himalayas, Tien Shan) and the Canadian Arctic. To date, he has 54 publications rank A, oversees every year in cryosphere remote sensing Masters students or Engineer Students and he co-supervises PhD students. Finally, he is reviewer for several scientific journals (IEEE-JSTARS, The Cryosphere, Journal of Glaciology, Remote Sensing).

Claire Flanet - "NUNA" project, 2018

imageClaire Flanet is a 4th year student of horticultural engineering in Agrocampus Ouest Angers. She is doing an internship (from June to August 2018) with Laine Chanteloup and Fabienne Joliet, working on the "NUNA" project. This internship deals with Environmental Education in Native communities, using the example of the Inuit in Nunavik as a study base. She's also in charge of feeding the OHMi Nunavik webpage ("NUNA" project) with datas and documents produced by Laine Chanteloup, Fabienne Joliet and Thora Herrmann. Finally, she's preparing a 5th year in Montpellier, Master 2 "Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution", speciality "Biodiversity and Tropical Ecosystem Management" in order to build a carieer in research in Ethno-Ecology and Environmental Education. 


PhotoCecile de Sérigny est étudiante en maitrise profetionnelle de l'université de Montréal au département de Géorgraphie. Elle a participé à plusieurs séminaires de restitution de l'OHMI NUnavik. Cécile a réalisé son premier stage dans la communauté Inuit de Baker lake (Qamani'tuaq) sur le projet TUKTU au cours du printemps 2016. Elle a organisé des ateliers participatifs en partenariat avec le coordonnateur du programme WellNess et du Cluster plan. Les ateliers visaient à élaborer une vision commune du bien être pour cibler les thèmes prioritaires sur lesquels il faut développer des activités concrètes. Les ateliers consistaient à établir la liste des projets d’intérêt et à évaluer leurs impacts potentiels sur ce bien être puis par la suite une liste des activités que la communauté peut développer à court et moyen terme. Les ateliers ont permis de donner aux participants une réponse concrète et de développer une stratégie d’amélioration du Bien-être dans leur quotidien. Cécile poursuit en 2ième année de maitrise à l'Université de Montréal et est encadrée par Thora Herrmann.

Cécile a une licence en Faune Sauvage et Gestion des Habitats de l'Université de Québec à Rimouski. Elle a travaillé comme Technicienne de Faune Sauvage dans le sanctuaire d'oiseaux de Queen Maude' au Nunavut. Elle a également  travaillé pour le Centre d'Etude Nordique et Fusion Jeunesse à Kujjuarapik


Andre RAVEL - Project "Dogs"

AndreRavelAndré Ravel is a veterinarian (Lyon 1987) epidemiologist (MSc 1990 and Phd 1995 from the University of Montreal) who teaches veterinary public health in the 2nd cycle since 2012. During the past 17 years, he has worked in research and surveillance of human health issues at the environment animal interface. He contributed to the design, development and implementation of two Canadian systems monitoring zoonotic problems in an integrated human-animal-environment approach (CIPARS FoodNet and Canada). He is also the leader in source attribution of gastrointestinal diseases in Canada. He is now interested in qualitative and participatory approaches, including ecohealth approach.


Jose Guerin LajoieGraduated in biology and holding an environmental MSc (UQTR), José Gérin-Lajoie has also undertaken a Certificate in Aboriginal Studies (U. Laval). She is currently a research professional at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and at the Centre d'Etudes Nordiques where she coordinates several Nordic projects. Her research focuses on Nordic plant ecology since more than 10 years, more specifically species producing small fruits, as well as the collection of traditional ecological knowledge of Inuit and Cree. Over the years she has developed an expertise in relationships with Aboriginal communities in Quebec and Nunavut and in the management of collaborative project. She is the co-initiator of Avativut community environmental monitoring program in schools of the Kativik School Board in Nunavik, that she coordinates with the INRS. She is currently developing an adaptation of the Avativut program for the Atikamekw nation and transfer of expertise with the Institute of Sustainable Development of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (FNQLSDI).

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DidierHAILLOTDidier Haillot is Professor at the National School of Engineering in Industrial Technologies (ENSGTI) and researcher at the Laboratory for Thermal Energy and Processes (LATEP). He is also associate professor at the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS) in Montreal. Within OHMI-Nunavik, D. Haillot takes part in activities related to reduce the Nunavik Communities dependence on fossil fuels. More particularly, it research goal is the establishment of greenhouses with very low energy consumption for the local production of fresh food products. Among his others research activities it can be noticed that he manages a collaborative project in order to establish Thermal Storage Systems to recovery industrial waste heat. Five partners are involved in this project which has begun in January 2014 and lasts 42 months.
His others research interests are mainly devoted to the effectiveness of complex energy. Finally, his teaching activities concerned thermodynamics, air conditioning, solar thermal and lifecycle analysis.

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Yohann WITTRANT - Project "AGreenCulture"

Yohann WittrantResearcher in the UMR1019 (Human Nutrition Unit) of the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) since 2008. My mission is to define the mechanisms that govern the relationship between nutrition and bone and joint diseases. I am a PhD in cell and molecular biology obtained in 2005 at INSERM UMR 957 (Nantes University - Faculty of Medicine). My academic trajectory began in Angers then Nantes and Paris (bone biology DEA - University Paris VII). In 2006 and 2007, I went for a post-doctorate at the University of Texas (USA) to complete my training. Recruited in 2008 at INRA, I am holder of the authorization to supervise research (HDR) since 2010. Since 2014, I participate to the projects GREENHOUSE (projects 2014 and 2015) to answer the question: How does a greenhouse project can help secure food (self-sufficiency and nutritional quality) and optimize the health of the inhabitants of the village of Kangiqsujuaq ?

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Martina THORA HERRMANN - Project "Territories"

Thora web Juni 2010Thora Herrmann is Associate Professor at the Département de géographie at the Université de Montréal, Canada. She received her Doctorate in geography from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom). She holds a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies in biodiversity conservation and sustainable development from the Université de Paris-Sorbonne (France). As cultural geographer, Thora is working since 1999 with Mapuche in Chile, since 2006 with First Nations in Québec, and with Sámi in Northern Europe on impacts of environmental change, such as climate change and extractive industries (mining, forestry), and place-people relationships as well as biocultural diversity conservation, according to two complementary axes: 1) the influence of changing environment on societies at sociocultural levels; 2) the forms of values, knowledge and use practices of the environment by societies.

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Francis LEVESQUE - Project "Health and well-being of the Inuit at the Inuit-dog-environment interface"

FrancisLevesqueProject 'Health and well-being of the Inuit at the Inuit-dog-environment interface' -Francis Lévesque is anthropologist and he is based in Val-d'Or campus of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue where he is Director of Aboriginal Development Unit (UFDPA) and research professor at the Unit of teaching and research in the human sciences and social development. His research focuses on the relationship between Inuit and their dogs, as well as the management of dogs in Nunavik and Nunavut from the mid 20th century to today. Since 2011, he collaborates with the team of the Veterinary Public Health Network in Nunavik. He is part of the project Research / action on the health and well-being of the Inuit at the Inuit-dog-environment interface. His role is to contribute to the sociological aspects of the research, to work on the development of the qualitative methodology used and to supervise the work of a master's student.

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Etienne LEMERRE - Project "Mines"

EtienneLEMERRETrained as an engineer for life sciences and technologies and the environment in Montpellier Supagro, specialized in political science, in ecology and strategy at AgroPariTech, I'm interested in the consultation process and negotiation in the co-gestion of socio-ecosystem developing. I'm currently working on my PhD within the program TUKISIG about mining development in Nunavik using the methodologies of participatory action research. Integrated within the project 2015, I try with our partners in Nunavik to better understand how the existing projects involving indigenous people in Canada take into account the concerns of the Inuit in the context of mining projects. This topic leads me to focus on the Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (holistic concept denoting "all aspects of traditional Inuit culture" (Wenzel, 2004) and more generally the way of living of the Inuit from Nunavik to identify the key issues to consider in fostering harmonious use of the Nunavik mining potential.

Annie LAMALICE - Project "AGreenCulture"

Annie LamaliceAnnie Lamalice pursued studies in geography at the University of Quebec in Montreal and was graduated (master 2) in 2014. Her study was on the socio-environmental impacts of mining projects open air in Latin America. She is now doing her PhD (2015-2018) under joint supervision at the University of Montpellier and the University of Montreal under the supervision of Sylvie Blangy, Jean-Louis Martin and Thora Martina Herrmann. She works on the theme of food security / mining impacts in Nunavik, as part of the project "AGreenCulture" of the OHMi-Nunavik.

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Yves GAUTHIER - Project "Landcamp"

YvesYves Gauthier is a specialist in Earth observation and coordinator of the research lead at the laboratory of remote sensing applied to the nordic hydrology of INRS - Center Water Earth Environment. Graduated from a masters in Remote Sensing from the University of Sherbrooke, Mr. Gauthier is based at INRS since 1992. His main area of expertise is the monitoring of ice (river, sea), both through remote sensing (optical and radar ) and the contribution of local knowledge. He collaborates with communities of Nunavik for many years, and among others he co-developed the Avativut program for integrating environmental monitoring in the science curriculum of Inuit students. He was involved in the efforts to implement the OHMI Tukisik. He is involved in the intergenerational project " land camp" that aims at sharing methods of territory representation coming from both Western science and holistic Inuit approach.

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Armelle DECAULNE - Project "Gravitational Danger"

ArmelleCNRS researcher since 2006, my work has always focused on high-latitude cold environments. Through twenty years of research in Iceland about the dynamic of slopes, their geomorphology and the associated risks, I gained experience that I transposed in Western Norway for instance. The slopes of Nunavik represent a new field of study for me, demanding by their remoteness, but stimulating by the rich culture of the people who live there.

Véronique COXAM - Project "AGreenCulture"

VCoxamVéronique Coxam is Director of Research at INRA. She is responsible for the Team "Alimentation squelette et Métabolismes", within the Human Nutrition Unit. She develops translational research regarding the nutritional prevention of chronic disease (especially musculoskeletal diseases) specifically targeting certain specific nutrients but also the holistic component of the diet. She is the author / co-author of more than 120 publications indexed in PubMed, a twenty books / book chapters and several patents. She is involved in the project entitled " Current eating habits, food security, nutritional health, circumpolar agriculture, northern greenhouses, local food, sustainable community development ". In this project, she focuses on how in improving the quality of the diet of the population of Kangiqsujuaq, through a greenhouse implantation project.

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Laine CHANTELOUP - Project "Territories"

Laine ChanteloupGraduated from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Rennes and from the University of Grenoble for a Masters degree in Geography, Laine Chanteloup did her PhD under the joint supervision of the University of Savoie and the University of Montreal. She did her thesis on recreational and tourism activities related to wildlife (observation and hunting activities) in France (Alps) and in Canada (Quebec and Nunavut). She continued her research on wildlife and protected areas management in mountain areas within the Zone Atelier Alpes (Bauges) and in the Canadian Arctic with the OHMI Nunavik (labex DRIIHM). Her scientific expertise focuses on outdoor sports including hunting, natural areas management, the interdependency between human and animals, and on indigenous territoriality. Her research fields are the Alps in France and the Canadian Arctic (Nunavut and Nunavik). She is currently an associate member of the laboratory EDYTEM.

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