Episode 2: Dialogue with Tommy Palliser of the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board
In this co-management conversation I am talking with Guest, Tommy Palliser. Tommy is an inspirational leader in Inukjuak, Nunavik, Quebec. Tommy is the Executive Director of the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board.
1. Tommy Palliser discusses his background, born in Moose Factory and raised in Inukjuak, and his shift from business management and economic development to wildlife management.
2. He highlights the challenges in transitioning from business projects to wildlife management, particularly Beluga management, and working with hunters, government officials, and researchers.
3. Tommy mentions a new management plan with a five-year timeline, aimed at addressing quota systems across the region and balancing hunting needs with conservation.
4. He describes the unique challenges posed by overlapping jurisdictions, DFO management styles, and community disputes arising from quota allocations in the Hudson Bay area.
5. Emphasis on the importance of community collaboration, reflecting a supportive environment and shift from previous tensions.
For more information on the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board in Inuktitut please visit:
• Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board
The NMRWB website is at: https://nmrwb.ca
For some academic and open-access content that Tommy Palliser has collaborated on enjoy these two publications.
Little, M., Winters, N., Achouba, A., Magesky, A., Ayotte, P., Palliser, T., Naylor, A., Jararuse, W., & Lemire, M. (2023). Weaving together Inuit knowledge and western science: a mixed-methods case study of qilalugaq (beluga whale) in Quaqtaq, Nunavik. Arctic Science, 9(3), 616–634. https://doi.org/10.1139/as-2022-0039
Breton-Honeyman, K., Huntington, H. P., Basterfield, M., Campbell, K., Dicker, J., Gray, T., Jakobsen, A. E. R., Jean-Gagnon, F., Lee, D., Laing, R., Loseto, L., McCarney, P., Noksana Jr, J., Palliser, T., Ruben, L., Tartak, C., Townley, J., & Zdor, E. (2021). Beluga whale stewardship and collaborative research practices among Indigenous peoples in the Arctic. Polar Research, 40. https://doi.org/10.33265/polar.v40.5522