Year(s) Funded: 2009-2010
Topic Area: Knowledge Sharing/Education
Contact: Ian Mauro, Mount Allison University (email@example.com)
Partners: Nunavut Independent TV Network, Mount Allison University
Title: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change: Assessing, Mitigating, and Communicating Health Risks
Action: The Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change project is collaboration between Zacharias Kunuk and Isuma Productions, Nunavut Independent Television, Dr. Ian Mauro and communities across Nunavut. In the spring of 2009, Kunuk, Mauro and their crew conducted interviews with Inuit Elders, hunters, women and youth in Pangnirtung, Igloolik, Resolute Bay and Iqaluit as well as with climate change scientists and other experts. In each location, the team conducted extensive community consultations, seeking input and guidance from hamlet and youth councils as well as the local hunter and trapper organizations, and travel “on the land” with local people to document climate change.
Results: Multimedia research tools were developed that explored the following topics: Community and environmental health; Wildlife management regarding polar bear and seals; Adaptation planning related to environmental change; and public policy regarding Canada’s north and its people. Researchers offered youth-focused video and research training, and worked with schools toincrease their access to IsumaTV. Building capacity through youth-focused training had a major impact in communities that participated, increasing awareness about climate change, while offering young Inuit tangible video skills and opportunities for cultural expression.
Outputs: The world’s first Inuktitut language feature film on climate change: “Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change.”
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