George Wenzel

Professor Emeritus
George Wenzel
Contact Information

Burnside Hall, Room 623

(514) 398-4346
Email address: 
george.wenzel [at]
Research areas: 
Northern peoples
Renewable resource harvesting in Arctic Canada
Public policy
Current research: 

Contemporary Canadian Inuit Culture and Society; Hunter-Gatherer Ecology; Non-Cash Economies; Wildlife Management Conflicts; Traditional Ecological Knowledge Systems

Current projects

  • Women and Modern Inuit Subsistence
  • The Opportunity Costs of Wage Employment in Nunavut
  • Traditional Resources and Food Security
  • PhD Geography, McGill University (1980)
  • MA  Anthropology, University of Manitoba (1971)
  • BA   Anthropology, Beloit College (1969)
Selected publications: 
  • 2019a Canadian Inuit Subsistence: Antimonies of the Mixed Economy. Hunter and Gatherer Research 3(4): 567-581.
  • 2019b Men Hunt, Women Share: Gender and Contemporary Inuit Subsistence Relations. Quintal-Marineau, M. and G.W. Wenzel. In Towards a Broader View of Hunter-Gatherer Sharing. Noa Lavi and David Friesem, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp.211-220
  • 2018 Hunting (Merkel, R., A. Franke, F. Ungarte, S. Statham, S. Ferguson, G. Wenzel, C. Hotson, G. Gauthier, D. Lee and D. Berteaux). In Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic: Perspectives from the Baffin Bay-Davis Strait Region. Pp.177-194. Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP). Oslo, Norway.
  • 2016a Inuit Culture: To Have and Have Not, or Has Subsistence Become an Anachronism?” In Why Forage?: Hunter-Gatherers in the Twenty-First Century. Ed. by B. Codding and K. Kramer. Alburquerque, N.M.: SAR and University ofNew Mexico Press. Pp. 43-60.
  • 2016b Wild Resources, Harvest Data and Food Security in Nunavut’s Qikiqtaaluk Region. (Wenzel, G.W., J. Dolan and C. Brown) Arctic 69(2):147-159, plus Table S1 (on-line).
  • 2013 Inuit and Modern Hunter-Gatherer Subsistence. Études/Inuit/Studies 37(2):181-200.
  • 2012 Inuit Subsistence, Social Economy and Food Security in Clyde River, Nunavut (M. Harder and G.W. Wenzel). Arctic 65(3):305-318.
  • 2011 Polar Bear Management, Sport Hunting and Inuit Subsistence at Clyde River, Nunavut. Journal of Marine Policy 35(4):457-465.


Unpublished Reports

2002a Report: “Outfitted Polar Bear Hunting in the Qikiqtaaluk and Kitikmeot Regions of Nunavut: Implications for Local Economic Development and Species Conservation”. Department of Sustainable Development, Government of Nunavut. 106pp.



  • 2018-2022: Co-Principal Investigator with JOHN C. GOSSE, MLADEN R. NEDIMOVIĆ, CALVIN CAMPBELL, BJÖRN LUND, REBEKKA STEFFEN, REGINALD L. HERMANNS, JAMES M. SAVELLE, LAURA-ANN BROOM, SAGEEV OORE : “Arctic Ulinnaq: Underwater Listening Network for Novel Investigations of Quakes”. MEOPAR (Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network).
  • 2015-2022: Principal Investigator: “Nunavummiut Food Security: Community-Scale Social and Economic Strategies”. Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
  • 2010-2013: Principal Investigator: “Food Security in a Changing Socio-Economic Environment, Clyde River, Nunavut”. Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
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