Interview: “Reflecting on the Seal Hunt and the Anti-Sealing Movement – A Conversation with former President of the Canadian Sealers Association James Winter”

Seal hunting is a subject that many people think they know a fair amount about, despite many individuals not being from a culture that practices sealing or even from a culture that has active sealing practices within it. Under-represented in the discussion about sealing is the perceptive of sealers, which is often dismissed, ignored or misrepresented. This interview is with Mr. James Winter founding president of the Canadian Sealers Association. Winter first came to be involved in the seal hunt as a writer/broadcaster with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) who conducted participant observation of the seal hunt off the coast of Newfoundland in 1977 and 1978. What Winter experienced while reporting on sealing changed his life and opened his eyes to the widespread intolerance against minority sealing cultures in Canada, the growing disconnect between urban communities and rural areas and cultural roots, and the rapid expansion of the activist industry. This interview explores Winter’s personal journey trying to re-inject nuance and cultural sensitive global debate on seal hunting and sealing cultures.

Nicole Covey

I am a PhD student at Trent University in the department of Canadian Studies located in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. My dissertation is going to look at how Canada leverages its alliances and relationships to maintain Arctic security historically. I focus on understanding the evolution of Canada’s relationship with NATO and NORAD and how that transects … Continue reading Nicole Covey

Laura Barbero Palacios

I am an ecologist specialized in wildlife management and conservation, and terrestrial ecosystem ecology. I have finished my studies in Spain, and currently I am working as a research assistant in the Agricultural University of Iceland (Landbúnaðarháskóli Íslands). I am interested in understanding the interactions between herbivores and tundra ecosystems since these habitats are rapidly changing … Continue reading Laura Barbero Palacios

Penny Clarke

I am a marine conservationist and ocean educator, who draws upon perspectives, whether through spying on whales from space or exploring the human lens, to foster a collective connection to our oceans through science communication. I am a PhD Researcher, studying cetacean mass strandings and ocean health from space, with SENSE Earth Observation CDT, based at … Continue reading Penny Clarke