Have you ever wondered about how Indigenous knowledge is integrated into science-based research?

Enooyaq Sudlovenick and Kathleen Matari are two Inuk women who are making a mark in the scientific world! Tune in to learn about their experiences and the importance of Indigenous-led research.

This interview is made possible with support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. 

Enooyaq Sudlovenick
Enoo is currently a PhD student at the University of Manitoba. Her research is focused on beluga health, by examining contaminant loads, and exposure to disease. She is also incorporating Inuit knowledge by interviewing local knowledge holders on risk perception and food preparation practices. She did her MSc in Veterinary Medicine at the Atlantic Veterinary College at UPEI, and her undergrad in Marine Biology at the University of Guelph
Kathleen Matari
My name is Kathleen Matari and I am an Inuvialuk from Inuvik, NWT in the Western Canadian Arctic. I was born, raised and am currently working and starting a family in Inuvik, NWT.

My personal goal of bridging traditional knowledge with scientific research has been an intrinsic goal of mine since I began understanding wildlife management and our unique ecosystem. I also have the privilege of working toward this goal as a technician for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. 

In 2017, I was able to attend the Canada C3 expedition  leg from Paulatuk, NT to Tuktoyaktuk, NT to speak to the unique Anguniaqvia Niqiqyuam Marine Protected Area that surrounds the community of Paulatuk, NT. The Beaufort Sea and Arctic Ocean was incredibly important to the ancestral inhabitants of this region and is just as important for the current subsistence harvesters and their families which is why traditional knowledge of this part of the world needs to be properly and fully acknowledged and incorporated into all data knowledge systems.