Publications & Reports

Recent publications (2010 – present)

In review

Kouril, D., Furgal, C., Whillans, T. Trends and key elements in community-based monitoring: a systematic review of the literature with an emphasis on Arctic and Subarctic regions, Environmental Reviews (in review)

Hirsch, R., Furgal, C., Hackett, C., Sheldon, T., Bell, T., Angnatok, D., Winters, K., and Pamak, C. Going off to grow strong? Development of an innovative community program to enhance individual youth and community resilience in the face of change in Nain, Nunatsiavut, Inuit Studies / Etudes Inuit (in review)

Martinez-Levasseur, L.M., Furgal, C.M., Hammill, M.O., Burness, G. Challenges and strategies when mapping local ecological knowledge: defining the geographic limits of participants’ knowledge is critical, Ecology and Society (in review)

Martinez-Levasseur, L.M., Furgal, C.M., Hammill, M.O., Burness, G. Towards a Better Understanding of the Effects of UV on Atlantic Walruses (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus): a study combining histological data with local ecological knowledge, PlosOne (in review)

Martinez-Levasseur, L.M., Furgal, C., Burness, G.Walruses’ (Odobenus rosmarus) health in a changing environment – Review, Polar Biology (in review)

Durkalec, D., Furgal, C., Skinner, M., and Sheldon, T. Environmental health risk management in a Canadian Inuit community: Negotiating climate change and human health influences of sea ice use, Polar Research (in review)

Hackett, C., Furgal, C., Sheldon, T., Karpik, S., Angnatok, D., et al. Building Indigenous youth resilience through strengthening ties with the land: Evaluation of a culturally focused intervention in one Inuit community, International Journal of Indigenous Health (in review)

Ford, J.D., Stephenson, E., Consolo-Willox, A., Farahbakhsh, K., Furgal, C., Harper, S., et al. Community based adaptation research in the Arctic, WIRES Climate Change (in review)

Pardhan, A., Furgal, C., Edge, V., Wilson, S., Reid-Smith, R, McEwen, S.A. An evaluation of the Northwest Territories communicable disease registry through notifiable gastrointestinal illness notifications: an exploratory case study of a northern, rural /remote public health surveillance system, 1991-2008, International Journal of Circumpolar Health (in review)


Breton-Honeyman, K., Furgal, C., Hammill, M. A Systematic Review and Critique of the Contributions of Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Beluga Whales in the Marine Mammal Literature, Arctic (accepted, in press)

Durkalec, A., Furgal, C., Skinner, M., Sheldon, T. 2015. Climate change influences on environment as a determinant of Indigenous health: Relationships to place, sea ice, and health in an Inuit community, Social Science and Medicine, 136-147: 17-26.

Driedger, M.S., Maier, R., Furgal, C., Jardine, C.G. 2015. Factors influencing H1N1 vaccine behavior among Manitoba Metis in Canada: a qualitative study, BMC Public Health

Daley, K., Castleden, H., Jamieson, R., Furgal, C., and Ell, L. 2015. Water systems, sanitation and public health risks in remote communities: Inuit resident perspectives from the Canadian Arctic, Social Science and Medicine, 135: 124-132.

Organ, J., Castleden, H., Furgal, C., Sheldon, T. and C. Hart. 2014. Contemporary programs in support of traditional ways: Inuit perspectives on community freezers as a mechanism to alleviate pressures on wild food access in Nain, Nunatsiavut, Health and Place, 30: 251-259 (

King, U and Furgal, C. 2014. Is Hunting Still Healthy? Understanding the Interrelationships between Indigenous Participation in Land-Based Practices and Human-Environmental Health, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11, 5751-5782; doi:10.3390/ijerph110605751

Daley, K., Castleden, H., Jameson, R., Furgal, C., Ell, L. 2014. Understanding Water and Health Relationships in Nunavut Households: A Community Case Study in Coral Harbour, Nunavut, Canada. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 73:23843.

Durkalec, A., Furgal, C., Skinner, MW, Sheldon, T. 2014. Investigating environmental determinants of injury and trauma in the Canadian North, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11: 1536-1548. doi:10.3390/ijerph110201536

Ford, JD, Cunsolo Willox, A, Chatwood, S, Furgal, C, Harper, S, Mauro, I, and T Pearce. 2014. Adapting to the effects of climate change on Inuit health, American Journal of Public Health, June 104 (Suppl 3): e9-17.

Driedger, M, Cooper, E, Jardine, C, Furgal, C, Bartlett, J. 2013. Communicating risk to Aboriginal Peoples: First Nations and Metic Responses to H1N1 messages, PLoS ONE 8(8): e71106. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071106

Jardine, C, Banfield, L, Driedger, M and C M Furgal. 2013. Risk communication and trust in decision maker action: a case study of the Giant Mine Remediation Plan, International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 72: 21184

Pardhan-Ali A., Wilson J, Edge VL, Furgal C, Reid-Smith R., Santos M, McEwen, SA. 2013. Community-level Risk Factors for Notifiable Gastrointestinal Illness in the Northwest Territories, Canada, 1991-2008. BMC Public Health, 13:63 (DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-63 URL:

Dewailly, E and Furgal, C. 2012.  Knowledge translation in Arctic health research, Editorial. International Journal of Circumpolar Health 71: 19265 –

Owens, S, DeWals, P, Egeland, G, Furgal, C, Mao, Y, Minuk, GY, Peters, PA, Simard, M and Dewailly, E. 2012. Public health in the Canadian Arctic: contributions from International Polar Year research, Climatic Change, DOI 10.1007/s10584-012-0569-3.

Parlee, B and Furgal, C. 2012. Well-being and environmental change in the Arctic: a synthesis of selected research from Canada’s International Polar Year program, Climatic Change. DOI 10.1007/s10584-012-0588-0.

Pardhan-Ali A., Wilson J, Edge VL, Furgal C, Reid-Smith R., Santos M, McEwen, SA. 2012. Community-level Risk Factors for Notifiable Gastrointestinal Illness in the Northwest Territories, Canada, 1991-2008. Emerging Infectious Diseases (accepted, in press).

Friendship, K and Furgal, C. 2012. The Role of Indigenous Knowledge in Environmental Health Risk Management in Yukon, Canada, International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 71:

Pardhan-Ali A., Berke, O,Wilson J, Edge VL, Furgal C, Reid-Smith R., Santos M, McEwen, SA. 2012. A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Notifiable Gastrointestinal Illness in Northwest Territories, Canada, 1991-2008. International Journal of Health Geographics (in press).

Pardhan-Ali A., Wilson J, Edge VL, Furgal C, Reid-Smith R., Santos M, McEwen, SA.  2012. A Descriptive Analysis of Notifiable Gastrointestinal Illness in the Northwest Territories, Canada, 1991-2008. BMJ Open. (in press)

Knopp, J.A., C. Furgal, J.D. Reist, J.A. Babaluk, Sachs Harbour Hunters and Trappers Committee, and Olokhaktomiut Hunters and Trappers Committee. 2012. Indigenous and Ecological Knowledge for Understanding Arctic Char Growth. In: C. Carothers, K.R. Criddle, C.P. Chambers, P.J. Cullenberg, J.A. Fall, A.H. Himes-Cornell, J.P. Johnsen, N.S. Kimball, C.R. Menzies, and E.S. Springer (eds.), Fishing People of the North: Cultures, Economies, and Management Responding to Change. Alaska Sea Grant, University of Alaska Fairbanks. doi:10.4027/fpncemrc.2012.14

Furgal, C and Laing, R. 2012. A synthesis and critical review of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge on Narwhal (Monodon monoceros) in the Eastern Canadian Arctic. Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat, Research Document 2011/131, National Capital Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada. ISSN 1919-5044

Metcalfe, C., Murray. C., Collins, L., Furgal, C. 2012. Water quality and human health in Indigenous communities in Canada. Human Evolution / Global Bioethics, 27(1-3): 81-84.

Pearce, T., Wright, H., Notaina, R., Kudlak, A., Smit, B., Ford, JD, Furgal, C. 2011. Transmission of environmental knowledge and land skills among Inuit men in Ulukhaktok, Nothwest Territories, Canada.  Human Ecology, 39: 271-288.

Boyd, A., Jardine, C., and Furgal, C. 2010. A social and cultural capital approach to understanding traditional activities on the land in the Northwest Territories. Canadian Journal of Native Studies 2 (2010): 267-287.

Donaldson, S.G., Van Oostdam, J., Tikhonov, C., Feeley, M., Armstrong, B., Ayotte, P., Boucher, O., Bowers, W., Chan, L., Dallaire, F., Dewailly, E., Edwards, J., Egeland, G.M., Fontaine, J., Furgal, C., Leech, T., Loring, E., Muckle, G., Nancarrow, T., Pereg, D., Plusquellec, P., Potyrala, M., Receveur, O., Shearer, R.G. 2010. Environmental contaminants and human health in the Canadian Arctic. Science of the Total Environment, 408: 5165-5234.

Furgal, C, Garvin, T and Jardine, C. 2010. Trends in the Study of Aboriginal Health Risks in Canada. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 69:4: 322-332

Ford, J.D., Berrang-Ford, L., King, M., and C. Furgal. 2010. Vulnerability of Aboriginal health systems in Canada to climate change. 2010. Global Environmental Change, doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2010.05.003

Gauthier, Y., Tremblay, M., Bernier, M., Furgal., C. 2010. Adaptation of a radar based river ice mapping technology to the Nunavik context.  Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. 36(S1): S168-S185.

Jardine, C.G. and C.M. Furgal.  2010. Knowledge translation with northern Aboriginal communities:  A case study.  Canadian Journal of Nursing Research.  42(1): 119-127.

Jack, S., Brooks, S., Furgal, C.M., and M. Dobbins.  2010. Knowledge transfer and exchange processes for environmental health issues in Canadian Aboriginal communities. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 7: 651-674. doi: 10.3390/ijerph7020651

Ford, J.D., Pearce, T., Duerden, F., Furgal, C., and B. Smit.  2010.  Climate change policy responses for Canada’s Inuit population: The importance of and opportunities for adaptation. Global Environmental Change, 20: 177-191.


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