SakKijânginnatuk Nunalik: The Sustainable Communities Initiative


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Rapid population growth and resulting community expansion along the Nunatsiavut coast coupled with recent climatic and environmental changes demand sustainable approaches to community planning and development. Community leaders from the five coastal communities of Nunatsiavut have responded to the opportunity presented by these challenges and are forging a vibrant, inter-governmental, inter-departmental, multi-disciplinary team under the umbrella of the SakKijânginnatuk Nunalik (Sustainable Communities) Initiative.

The overall goal of the initiative is to inform best practices and provide guidance for community sustainability in the coastal subarctic under changing environmental, social and economic conditions. The initiative addresses issues that are central to community wellbeing and sustainability in the context of a changing climate and has prioritized the following areas:


Numerous research programs are currently underway in Nunatsiavut as part of the Sustainable Communities Initiative, directed by the Joint Management Committee of the Nunatsiavut Government and closely advised by the Nunatsiavut Executive Council. Dr. Trevor Bell at Memorial University is our principal research partner. Other key partners include Dr. Khosrow Farahbakhsh at the University of Guelph and Dr. Chris Furgal at Trent University.

Reports and Publications:

Digital Information Systems for Community Planning in Nunatsiavut – Baikie et al. 2013 ArcticNet Poster
Learning from the Coast – Executive Summary
Learning from the Coast – Full Report
Understanding the Risks and Developing Best Practices for Sustainable Communities in Nunatsiavut – Full Report
Learning from Others – Executive Summary

Learning from Others – Full Report
Phase 1 Policy Brief

For media inquiries or to learn more about these programs please contact:

Bert Pomeroy
Director of Communications
Nunatsiavut Secretariat
Nunatsiavut Government


The Initiative is jointly funded by the Nunatsiavut Government, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Office of Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Emissions Trading, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Program, Health Canada’s Climate Change Health Adaptation Program and ArcticNet.

We would like to thank our partners and funders for making this Initiative possible. Nakummek!