UQAT - Student projects
PATRICIA BRUNET, MSc. 2015-2017
Cultural dynamics and social representations of dogs in the Inuit village of Kuujjuaq (Nunavik)
This Master's thesis consists of documenting the place of the dog in Kuujjuaq (Nunavik) in the current political and cultural contexts. Its main objective is the production of knowledge that will help to gain a better understanding of what a dog is for the people of Kuujjuaq. This knowledge can then be used to inform local authorities and the various stakeholders in the community so that they can develop more effective and culturally appropriate dog management measures. More specifically, this project consists firstly of:
Describe the type of dogs found in Kuujjuaq (stray dogs, hitching dogs, pets, etc.), the understanding of the risks associated with it (zoonoses, bites), territorial regulations / provincial and local government, the resources assigned to it (kennel, veterinary care, etc.);
Describe the local debates surrounding the issue of dogs (tension, consensus, gap with regulations, etc.);
Identify avenues for reflection regarding the place of the dog among the Inuit of contemporary Nunavik.
DANNY BARIL, MSc.
Relationships between Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and Eastern Arctic Inuit during dog patrols from 1920 to 1940.
To document the daily lives of RCMP constables and Inuit employees in the United States. Pond Inlet, Pangnirtung and Port Burwell posts from 1920 to 1940;
To understand the relationship between the police, Inuit and their dogs during annual patrols from 1920 to 1940
ROXANE BLANCHARD-GAGNÉ, MSc. 2018-2019
Physical and Social Dog Lands in Nunavut: An Analysis of the Human-Animal Relationship in the Community of Cambridge Bay (Ikaluktutiak), Nunavut.
To describe the Inuk-dog relationship in the private sphere in relation to the public sphere;
To document the type of dogs found in Cambridge Bay (Ikaluktutiak);
To document the dog's risk ( zoonoses and / or bites) and identify the vision of the dangers associated with dogs;
Analyze the modes of governance and management of dogs in the community, as well as the territorial and local regulations;
Identify possible solutions.
University of Montreal - Student Projects
Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire
STEFANY ILDEFONSO - PhD. 2018-2021
Evaluation of interventions to reduce the risk and increase the benefits to human health at the human-dog interface in northern Canada.
Determine how to improve the decision-making process, increase social acceptance and sustainability of interventions among Indigenous communities
Identify barriers and facilitators during the implementation process, including the perspective of local stakeholders;
Assessing the effectiveness of interventions at the human-dog interface: a) Analyzing changes in the human-dog relationship among community members following the implementation of interventions, b) Analyzing behavior changes at the human-dog interface between stakeholders following the implementation of interventions, c) Analysis changes in dog well-being
WILMER MARTÌNEZ - MSc. 2018-2019
Parasitic zoonoses at the human-dog interface in northern Canada.
To explore the prevalence and diversity of gastrointestinal parasites in dogs in northern Quebec;
To evaluate the potential for human exposure to gastro-intestinal zoonotic parasites in dogs in northern Quebec;
Develop a multiplex PCR method for the identification of Echinococcus species.
LÉA DELESALLE - PhD. 2019-2022
Prioritization of measures to reduce risk at the human-dog interface and promote health benefits in northern Canada
GÉRALDINE-G. GOUIN - MSc. 2016-2018
Hazardous interactions between children and dogs in Nunavik in an ecosystem approach to health
Feasibility of chemical contraception of dogs (2018)
LAURENCE DAIGLE - MSc. 2018-2019
Survey on Dog Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices in Northern Quebec Communities
HÉLÈNE DÉRY - MSc. 2016-2019
Analysis of gastrointestinal parasitic problems and spatio-temporal distribution of Kuujjuaq and Inukjuak dogs
Faculté de Géographie
ELISA COHEN-BUCHER - MSc. 2018-2019
Interrelationships and socio-spatial dynamics between dogs and people in the Nordic community: the case of Kawawachikamach, Matimekush-Lac John and Schefferville
Inuit and their dogs (SSHRC 2015-2017)
That project seeks to show that existing tensions between public authorities and local populations about the management of dog populations in Kuujjuaq and Iqaluit can be explained by public authorities’ deficit of knowledge about (a) Inuit communities and (b) what is a dog for Inuit and non-Inuit who live in Kuujjuaq and Iqaluit nowadays. The project (1) describes dogs in Kuujjuaq and Iqaluit (pet, stray, loose, dog teams, etc.), the risks that are associated with them, provincial, territorial and local dog regulations, and resources available to deal with dog related issues; (2) identifies dogs’ ontological
proprieties (what is a dog for Inuit and non-Inuit today) in both communities (dogs in traditional Inuit
culture has been documented, but not in contemporary communities).
Research team: Francis Lévesque, Frédéric Laugrand, Patricia Brunet, André Ravel, Patrick Leighton
Dog-related health issues among Inuit: toward an ecohealth project in collaboration with the communities of Nunavik (Nassivik, 2015-201?)
The research project aims to better understand the links between the dogs and the health and welfare of Nunavik residents and alleviate problems in the Inuit dog-environment interface while optimizing wellness.
The specific objectives of this project are:
1. Document and analyze all relationships between dogs, the environment and the welfare and health of members of the community of Kuujjuaq combining Inuit knowledge and western science;
2. Jointly propose, implement and evaluate a set of interventions to reduce health risks to the Inuit dog-environment interface while promoting human welfare and respect for the role and the place that Inuit want for dogs.
Research team: André Ravel, Cécile Aenishaenslin
Initiative to support animal health and veterinary public health in Nunavik
1. To improve dog health in Nunavik (Vet hot line, Dog First Aid Guide, clinics)
2. To mitigate human health risk at the human-dog interface and increase the benefits of dog on human wellness.
Research team: André Ravel, Cécile Aenishaenslin, Géraldine Gouin, Francis Lévesque, Johanne Saint-Charles, Audrey Simon, Patrick Leighton, Denise Bélanger, Suzanne Bastien.
Gastrointestinal parasitism of dogs: documenting zoonotic disease risk for dogs and people
Research team: Patrick Leighton, André Ravel, Hélène Déry, Emily Jenkins, Audrey Simon, Cécile Aenishaenslin.
Contact between wildlife, domestic animals and people in Arctic communities: implications for disease transmission
Research team: Patrick Leighton, Marie-Christine Frenette, Nicolas Lecomte, Dominique Berteaux, Denise Bélanger, Audrey Simon.