Knowledge mobilization in micropaleontology, dendrochronology, historical climate and local knowledge

This educational kit presents the reasons, importance and ways of reconstructing past climates. Aimed at the general public, and in particular young people (11-15 years), it invites the participants to discuss current climate change through the lens of past climates, with a particular focus on Arctic regions. To this end, three documents covering approaches associated with dendrochronology, micropalaeontology, historical climatology and local knowledge were created: (1) a theoretical workbook with practical activities, (2) a comic strip illustrating field, laboratory and community work, and (3) an activity book complementing the comic strip. The sections on local knowledge and northern communities were made possible thanks to our collaboration with the community of Aklavik (Northwest Territories), whose knowledge holders tell us about the changes they have observed in the Mackenzie Delta.

The documents are available in English and French and can be downloaded below by clicking on the images:

French version:  
English version:   

The documents were prepared by two former Geotop students, Jade Falardeau and Marie-Michèle Ouellet-Bernier, with contributions from:

  • University participants:
    • Anne de Vernal, Geotop and Université du Québec à Montréal
    • Étienne Boucher, Geotop and Université du Québec à Montréal
    • Audrey Limoges, University of New-Brunswick
    • Susanna Gartler, University of Vienna
  • Community participants:
    • The Aklavik community (Northwest Territories)
    • Cassandra Paul, interviewer, member of the Aklavik community
    • Richard Gordon, Herschel Island-Qikiqtaruk Territorial Park Senior Ranger
  • Mark-Antoine Thibodeau Breault, illustrator and graphic designer
  • Eliza Breton-Jacques, graphic designer 
  • Florence B. Lepage, translator

Funding support: