chapter  5
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Climate Disruption and the Changing Dynamics of Polar Bear – Human Interactions in Northern Ontario: A Case Study of Polar Bear Management in Polar Bear Provincial Park, Ontario,

ByCanada – RAYNARD HARVEY LEMELIN, NORMAN MCINTYRE, RHONDA KOSTER AND MARGARET

Introduction The polar bear, or Wabusk in Cree, fi gures prominently on the town logos of the Washeo/Fort Severn First Nation (hereafter Washeo) and the Weenusk First Nation at Peawanuck (hereafter Weenusk) in Northern Ontario. This should come as no surprise, since the Muskekowuck Athinuwick, the original people of the Hudson Bay Lowlands of Northern Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba, have been interacting with Wabusk for several millennia (Lytwyn 2002; Bird 2005).