Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021-2022 ACUNS Awards Program.

Their studies underscore the importance of Indigenous-led knowledge-sharing and the connection between natural and social sciences in northern communities. The ACUNS Awards Program supports inclusive, collaborative research that responds to northern needs and priorities. Please join ACUNS in congratulating the following recipients.

Andrea Hanke

Veterinary Medicine
University of Calgary

Inuit-academic partnerships: Listening to harvesters to improve caribou conservation


POLAR Scholarship ($10,000)

Yifeng Wang

Geography
Queen’s University

Climate and ecosystem influences on peatland permafrost in Nunatsiavut, NunatuKavut, and Nitassinan, Coastal Labrador

David Michael Finch

Archaeology
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Practicing heritage: Community-based archaeology and learning in Labrador

Jared Gonet

Conservation Biology
University of Alberta

The intersection of Indigenous knowledge and western science in conservation planning

Joyce Gourlay

Geography
 Wilfrid Laurier University

Effects of drought on Bathurst caribou population and habitat use in the Northwest Territories

Tamika Mulders

Earth and Environmental Science
University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus

Food security and environmental assessment in the Northwest Territories

Jessica Norris

Renewable Resources
McGill University

Monitoring and projecting the Yukon North Slope muskoxen population using aerial and ground-based methodologies

Claire Singer

Applied Science
 Saint Mary’s University

Climate and human-mediated range shifts of plants in the Northwest Territories, and implications for native plant and soil communities

Rachel Singleton-Polster

Geography
Simon Fraser University

Accounting for the full costs of caribou habitat restoration

Allison Clark

Master of Sustainability
Brock University

Tracking Holocene and recent tree-line change using sedaDNA and remote sensing techniques, Northwest Territories