chapter  25
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Bridging Knowledge and Action on Climate Change: Institutions, Translation, and Anthropological Engagement

To initiate anthropological fi eldwork in Nunavut Territory in the eastern Canadian Arctic in 2009, I fi lled out a research licensing form and emailed it, along with a summary of my proposed project and a sample questionnaire in English and Inuktitut, to the Nunavut Research Institute (NRI). 1 All researchers who want to pursue studies in Nunavut must have a research license before they can begin data collection; the licensing process gives the government some oversight over the focus and location of research projects in the territory (Gearheard and Shirley 2005). In my application I explained that I wanted to study how Inuit knowledge about climate change is mobilized into different decision-making and policy arenas and that I hoped to spend time in Clyde River, a predominantly Inuit community with a population of around 1,000 people in northeast Baffi n Island, and in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut.