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.

Greenland Science Week 2021 – It’s a Wrap!

Authored by: Elsbeth Bembom / The Greenland Science Week team Edited by: Danita Catherine Burke / Women in the Arctic and Antarctic After a two year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greenland Science Week was once again held in person in 2021 with a wide range of events, discussions, seminars and activities across … Continue reading Greenland Science Week 2021 – It’s a Wrap!

INQUA-MARE: INtegrated QUAternary MArine REcords at sensitive latitudes

Author: The INQUA-MARE Organising Committee / Edited by: Danita Burke, Women in the Arctic and Antarctic An upcoming Antarctic workshop may be of interest to Polar scholars and practitioners. The first INQUA-MARE workshop “Antarctic Realm” is running from November 29th to December 1st, 2021. You can find more information here on how to participate. Key … Continue reading INQUA-MARE: INtegrated QUAternary MArine REcords at sensitive latitudes