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Balancing Illness and Wellness at the Human-Dog Interface in Northern Canada
On March 19, 2019 the Qimuksiq Network held its Human-Dog Interface Workshop II in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. The first was held on December 11, 2017 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. From the Network’s website:
The overarching goal of this workshop is to set up collaborations between Iqaluit stakeholders (Nunavut government, City of Iqaluit, Inuit organizations, local organizations, dog drivers, dog owners, etc.) and public and animal-health and social science researchers. This workshop aims at informing the questions or topics at the dog-human interface relevant to Iqaluit stakeholders that already funded research can address.Here is the meeting’s agenda:
The full report of the meeting is in process. Below are the Qimuksiq Network’s principal investigator Professor Francis Lévesque’s notes from the post-workshop discussions with attending dog team owners.
Notes on the topics and concerns brought up by Iqaluit, Nunavut dog team owners
• It was mentioned that it would be important to have orientation for Qallunaat who come up and live in Iqaluit to let them know how to be towards dogs and what to expect about dogs in town. For example, Qallunaat need to understand that their dogs cannot befriend sled dogs. It mentioned that this could be done by creating a 5-10 minute film using the available resources and talents here in town. The film could be put on YouTube, shown in class, etc. Some even joked it should be shown at the airport.