As Nunatsiavut residents patiently wait for the ice to freeze over, a researcher is examining the safety of travelling on the sea ice.
Agata Durkalec is a research student from Trent University in Ontario.
Durkalec is working with Chris Furgal of Trent University and the Nunatsiavut Government’s (NG) Division of Environment.
She says preliminary discussions with the NG began in July.
The purpose of this project is to understand what influences peoples’ safety while traveling on the sea ice.
Durkalec says after working on sea ice monitoring with Sikumiut in Nain and in Hopedale, she is now interested in linking the things she learned in school with local knowledge.
She adds that she is also interested in the role of the Nain Ground Search and Rescue team in supporting community health and safety related to sea ice travel.