This is a project of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee in collaboration with the organizations, governments, and agencies listed on the bottom of the page. The participation of the organizations involved should not be taken as agreement with all of the views and materials presented on this site.


The purpose of the project is to highlight the changes occurring in Canadian Arctic and subarctic caribou populations, and the significance of the caribou to the ecology and peoples of the region. The project uses both scientific and Indigenous knowledge inputs.

What this site covers

For the purposes of this project, we are focusing on the large migratory herds of caribou often described as barren ground caribou that range across the Arctic and subarctic regions of Canada. This site also includes information about Peary caribou. In addition, we have included information on two migratory herds called eastern migratory caribou, and one unique herd, the Dolphin and Union, that migrates between the Arctic coast and Victoria Island. These herds are the focus of this project for several reasons: the importance of caribou to northern peoples; the relative scarcity of information about them collectively; and the larger landscape and cross-jurisdictional questions to be considered with most of the herds (as opposed to woodland/boreal/mountain caribou, where the issues and management are often very local). There is also a site already in existence that deals with these other caribou.

Copyright information

Where materials are the intellectual property of a government, organization, or person, the ownership of the materials will be clearly indicated. Any use of these materials requires the consent of the owner.

Some materials on the site (under the ‘media’ section) are pre-cleared for free use by media. Conditions for use of those materials are found in the ‘media’ section


We have included resources that are publicly available and resources that are not publicly available in the “resources” lists and indicate whether they can be freely accessed or not. Those that are not available for free access are primarily journal articles that require either payment, or access granted through a post-secondary institution.

We have not organized these resources according to the usual academic practice of listing them by author(s). Instead, we have provided a date for the resource, and a brief description of the information it contains. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all the possible resources for any given subject, but concentrates more on recent publications and those accessible to the public. If you think we have missed an important resource, please let us know.