Costs and Benefits of Hunting and Fishing in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut - Stephan Schott, Jacqueline Chapman, Leigha McCarroll, James Qitsualik, Brent Puqiqnak, Jordon Takkiruq
1:45 PM, Sunday 6 Oct 2019 (30 minutes)
Sherbrooke Pavilion (SH) - SH-2580
This presentation will illuminate the results of a four-year research project in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut that was conducted in collaboration with the Hunter Trapper Association of Gjoa Haven and the community at large. In leveraging data from community hunters’ harvesting trips including the cost per trip and mode of transportation, along with registration details related to their employment status and income, we draw conclusions about the average cost of hunting and fishing in this community by mode of transport and season. We also investigate the opportunity cost of time for hunters as well as the maintenance and repair cost of equipment. This presentation will offer a cost-benefit breakdown of hunting and fishing efforts and the relationship between employment and harvest practices among community hunters, putting forth insights about the cost of subsistence harvesting to inform the assessment of hunter support and food security support programmes in Canada.