Northern Public Affairs is proud to announce the release of our new issue focused on Arctic Cruises, Climate & Communities, guest edited by Heather E. McGregor. Climate change is contributing to a growing interest in Arctic tourism and to the viability of ship travel during the longer, more ice-free summers. Highlighted by the successful transit of the Crystal Serenity through the Northwest Passage in 2016, the increasing number of cruise ships operating in the Arctic raises many questions about impacts on, and benefits for, Northern communities.
This issue features perspectives on different models and outcomes of Arctic cruises, and how cruise tourism should be regulated. It shares experiences of those working in cruise tourism, on educational cruises, and teaching about climate change. It also features the results of deep learning experiences while visiting the Arctic by ship: songs written, photographs taken, and moments of transformation.
The issue begins with an address by Inuit leader and climate activist, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, given at a WWF Canada’s Oceans Summit regarding her vision for marine spatial planning. An interview with Alana Faber of Adventure Canada offers the view of a long-term cruise operator. Research by Emma J. Stewart, Jackie Dawson, and Margaret E. Johnston illustrates the opinions of residents in Pond Inlet, Gjoa Haven, and Ulukhaktok on the opportunities and risks associated with the industry. Brittany Manley, Statia Elliot, and Shoshanah Jacobs share their research into the motivations and learning outcomes of Arctic cruise tourists. The Government of Nunavut Department of Economic Development & Transportation positions their cruise tourism regulations development initiative. Veteran Arctic travellers Carolyn Mallory, Alex McNeil, and Lisa (Diz) Glithero share personal stories and views on the links between climate change, education on cruise ships, and Northern communities. In our Arts & Culture section you will find song lyrics inspired by Arctic travel, and a feature photo essay composed by 2016 Students on Ice participants, Martin Lipman and Lee Narraway with Lisa (Diz) Glithero.
This issue also features the first piece in a new series curated by the lead researchers of the Resources and Sustainable Development grant to highlight ReSDA-funded research across the North. ReSDA is a research network that brings together researchers from a broad range of disciplines and organizations representing communities, government, the private sector, and non-profit organizations. ReSDA examines ways to ensure a larger share of the benefits of resource development stay in the region with fewer costs to communities.
Photo credit: Martin Lipman/Students on Ice