Too often in the past, our extensive knowledge of the behavior of all species found on our lands was ignored by non-Inuit researchers, planners, developers, and other decision makers. At first, researchers trained in Western science did not consider our knowledge of the land and resources to be of value.

Over the last few years, however, this has changed, and our traditional knowledge has become highly respected as a valuable source of information that can be used to conserve and manage the lands and resources of our homeland. Programs are now being set up to use this traditional knowledge and help scientists see the environment through our eyes.

Fortunately, repeated contacts between aboriginal hunters and some scientists convinced the latter that Inuit experience of the northern environment is an invaluable source of knowledge about the area’s biology. It is also a source of information about the respect that must be shown to animals in hunting and fishing in order to prevent mismanagement.
Inuit Tapirisat of Canada

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