Tomorrow, Saturday the 23rd April, I’ll be at the British Library in London to participate in the the annual conference of the British Association for Canadian Studies (BACS) — BACS’s 41st and my third. My presentation will focus on the polar-bear sport hunt in Nunavut, based on my op-ed article “Cecil, Nanuq and Inuk” published last summer in The Arctic Journal and Nunatsiaq News.
In that article, I presented data showing that the polar-bear sport hunt generates income for remote Nunavut communities equivalent to nearly a third of their government welfare receipts. To my knowledge, this was the first such comparative analysis published, and I hope it will be of interest to conference participants.
It’s always a pleasure to participate in a BACS conference — and to see BACS still going strong despite swingeing cuts four years ago in Canada’s support for Canadian studies overseas.