Social-Ecological Resilience and Inuit Child Health: What Does the Future Hold? (pp. 469-476)
Authors: Karen Morrison and David Waltner-Toews
Abstract: This paper looks at remote Inuit communities as coupled social-ecological systems, and places emphasis on how a social-ecological systems approach to studying children’s health can shed light on the state of that relationship to date, and on interventions to support the human platform on which future adaptive strategies in remote communities will need to build. In this paper, the resilience of socialecological systems is discussed in relation to their implications for Inuit child health. The ability to identify, react and evaluate the reaction to surprises while also maintaining essential services is a constant challenge. The SES approach creates a framework for discussing child health in the larger context of social-ecological change. By drawing attention to the challenges that face Inuit children both socially and ecologically it is hoped that additional attention will be paid to the key aspects of SES resilience that will enhance their individual and collective health and wellbeing as well as their adaptive capacity in the face of climate change.