How we got started

A Brief Overview of Nunavut Community Aquatic Monitoring Program (N-CAMP)

Phase I & II

Work on the N-CAMP project began in early 2012 and has proceeded in phases. During Phases I and II, members of the program team embarked on a series of consultations and discussions with the communities selected for the Pilot Project – Coral Harbour, Igloolik and Kugluktuk. These communities were chosen on the basis of their resource potential and their interest in developing commercial fisheries or monitoring their aquatic resources. During these visits, members of the community were invited to contribute their suggestions and opinions concerning the program and how it could best serve their communities. We spoke with a wide variety of stakeholders that included hamlet staff and council members, hunter and trapper organisations, elders, high school staff, Government of Nunavut staff, Inuit Associations, and other interested community members. Moreover, we conducted a survey online to solicit further input that would help us to develop the program.

All communities demonstrated a broad base of enthusiastic support for the program, and after the first round of consultations in 2012, team members returned to the communities to consult further on its progress. This level of community involvement will help the program to best respond to local needs, and incorporate IQ values. As a result of these meetings, two learning modules were identified as priorities for the communities: a fisheries biological sampling module and a water quality sampling module. During Phase I and II, the scientific testing kits required for these modules have been developed with community consultation. We have surveyed the resources available within each community in order to enable the delivery of the modules, and we also have formed partnerships with local stakeholders in order pursue these goals.

N-CAMP is intended to contribute to the public discussion of community development. For this reason, the website has been set up in order to promote the program in Nunavut and beyond, and to make the research findings of the program available to the public in the future.

Phase III

Phase III envisions the completion of the learning modules and their delivery to the communities in 2013-2014. This phase will train and certify 20 Nunavummiut in fisheries monitoring techniques. A further 10 individuals in Kugluktuk will also receive training in water quality monitoring techniques.