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Community-driven Sea Ice and Ocean Research in the Contrasting Coastal Domains of Hudson Bay (148658)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Dr. Zou Zou Kuzyk
Company: University of Manitoba
Start Date: 2018-01-20
End Date: 2019-05-30
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
Timeframe January 2018 to April 2019 Project Description: The proposed project represents a collaboration between University of Manitoba (UofM), Arctic Eider Society (AES), and Northern communities around Hudson and James Bay. This project builds on the highly successful network of community driven winter oceanography and ice monitoring research programs in Sanikiluaq, Kuujjuarapik, Inukjuak, Umiujaq, and Chisasibi to Chesterfield Inlet and Naujaat. The communities of Chesterfield Inlet and Naujaat were logical choices to expand this existing project because the northwest coastal region of Hudson Bay is very different from the southeast, allowing for comparisons between the two regions. For example in the southeast, large rivers, many regulated by hydroelectricity, deliver great amounts of freshwater to the coastal zone influencing the oceanography, sea-ice, and ecosystem processes. Chesterfield Inlet and Naujaat are upstream and thus are not expected to be impacted by regulated rivers such as the Nelson and La Grande. Chesterfield Inlet and Naujaat are also located near the northwest Hudson Bay polynya; an area of intense sea-ice production, which is thought to play an important role in circulation and may help support the abundance of marine organisms in this region. Additionally, local hunters have reported thinner sea ice conditions, later ice freeze up and earlier breakup, and unpredictable travel conditions near the communities of Chesterfield Inlet and Naujaat. This project will contribute to the development of baseline data that can be used to assess and respond to climate change including changing sea-ice and ocean conditions. The objective of this project is to expand the highly successful community-driven research in eastern Hudson Bay to northwest Hudson Bay (Chesterfield Inlet and Naujaat), with a goal towards establishing comparison sites in eastern and western Hudson Bay. This comparison will support bay-wide monitoring objectives, promote inter-jurisdictional information exchange, and help test scientific hypotheses about contrasting oceanography and marine life between northwest and southeast Hudson Bay. Methodology: Sampling of coastal water and sea ice will take place from the land fast ice during the winter months (January-March) and spring (April-June). Working closely with experienced local hunters, we will travel to our sampling sites by snowmobile. Sampling locations will be selected in consultation with communities. The communities of Chesterfield Inlet and Naujaat have been involved since the proposal stage (January-March 2017). Additional consultation was scheduled for November 2017, however due to blizzards community meetings have been postponed to January 2018. Data collection will include: i) temperature and salinity profiles of the water column, ii) water samples collected from various depths in the water column for analyses of nutrients, salinity, naturally occurring water mass tracers (e.g., forms of oxygen), and carbon; iii) installation of oceanographic equipment. The oceanographic equipment will include temperature and salinity probes, and equipment to measure water currents and ice growth. This equipment will be attached along a weighted rope corresponding to various depths in the sea-ice and water column. The rope and equipment will be lowered into the water and securely attached to the sea-ice. The equipment will be deployed in February 2018 and retrieved in May 2018. Data and Reporting This project is in partnership with communities and knowledge exchange will be on going throughout the project. Similar to the community driven research in Sanikiluaq and communities in eastern Hudson Bay, metadata, CTD and ice data will be shared in near real time using AES’ publically accessible Interactive Knowledge Map (IK-MAP) and new SIKU platform. Results will also lead to scientific publications and presentations, as well as plain-language materials to be circulated in participating communities and to regional Inuit associations (translated into Inuktitut). Additionally, metadata will be available on the Polar Knowledge Catalogue.
Persons: 8
Days: 45
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List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
3212 polyline Location include the coastal marine environments near the communities of Chesterfield Inlet and Naujaat.
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
Keewatin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Marine-Based Activities
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Snowmobile 4 10.2 ft long Transportation across landfast ice
Ice auger 2 5 ft long To make a hole in the sea ice to measure sea-ice thickness and collect water samples from below ice suface
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Gasoline 30 20 Liters Snowmobile and auger
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Lithium batteries 1 1 Liters For powering oceanographic equipment
10% Hydrochloric Acid 1 0.5 Liters cleaning lab glassware
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
We expect no environmental impacts from this project. We will be staying in a house in the communities and traveling with hunters on their snowmobiles each day onto the ice. Everything we bring onto the ice will return with us. Supplies such as augers will either be stored in the community, while all other dangerous goods including lithium batteries and 10% hydrochloric acid will be shipped (in appropriate dangerous goods packaging) by Calm Air Cargo back to the University of Manitoba.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Other 10 Will ship in appropate dangerous goods packaging. Will ship to Winnipeg for proper disposal.
Other 0.5L Dilution. Ship back to university for proper disposal
Category: Application form attachment - Equipment
Recieved: 2017-12-01
Originator: Michelle Kamula
Public Registry ID: 13308
Document Size: 378.21 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2017-11-30
Originator: Michelle Kamula
Public Registry ID: 13299
Document Size: 276.01 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2017-11-30
Originator: Michelle Kamula
Public Registry ID: 13300
Document Size: 2663.2 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2017-12-01
Originator: Michelle Kamula
Public Registry ID: 13310
Document Size: 328.53 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2017-12-13
Originator: Peter Scholz
Public Registry ID: 13395
Document Size: 602.75 Kb
2017-11-30 13:05:53, from: Michelle Kamula
 Hi there, I am submitting an application regarding a community driven research project near Chesterfield inlet and Naujaat. This project is to study the sea-ice and winter marine waters. Do I need to include estimates of Water Consumption? We will only collect seawater. Thanks in advance.


Environmental Protection:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurances of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s2.4.15 and Appendix 2,s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.

Low Level Air Flights:
s5.4.4 and Apendix 2, s3: Will the applicant avoid low-level flights?

Caribou Protection Measures:
s2.4.6 and Appendix 3: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix 3?

Caribou Water Crossings:
Will the applicant avoid, between May 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct s2.4.6 and map: any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s4.4.3 and Appendix 3, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Government of Nunavut?

Scientific Research:
s6.4.2: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its research?
Local Services and Local Employment:
s6.4.3: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
Describe the services retained and people to be employed.
The proposed research project will work with the local HTO's to employ local hunters as guides while researchers are in the community and if interested, as citizen scientists to continue collecting data while out hunting.

Communication on Scientific Research:
s6.4.4: Will the applicant communicate with communities in language that is clear, non-technical, in Inuktitut and English and communicate to the affected communities the results of all scientific res

Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s6.4.5: Has the applicant made all reasonable efforts to consult with the Nunavut Research Institute about research that would benefit or interest local residents?
Describe the results of your consultation.
The project was presented to NRI (Jamal Shirley) over the phone. NRI expressed their support of the project, especially the community drive approach and involvement of community members through training opportunities and employment. NRI is pleased to see the community driven research that has been ongoing in Sanikiluaq since 2014, become expanded to involve other communities in Nunavut.

Game Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Thelon Game sanctuary?

Bird Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Mc Connell River Migratory Bird Sanctuary, the Harry Gibbons Migratory Bird Sanctuary or, the East Bay Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Southern Southampton Island and Coats Island:
s3.4.5: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, in southern Southampton Island and Coats Island?
If yes, does the project proposal involve hydrocarbon exploration?
Municipal Lands:
s1.4.3: Is the project located, in whole or in part, within municipal boundaries?


New Land Use:
Does the project proposal involve a new type of land use never engaged in before in the region?

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix 2: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the Code of Good Conduct at all times.