Year(s) Funded: 2008-2009
Topic Area: Adaptation Planning
Contact: Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada (email@example.com)
Partners: Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
Title: Inuit Women’s Views and Priorities on Climate Change and Human Health Workshop - Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
Action: Celebrating their 25th Anniversary in March 2009, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Iqaluit. The AGM was a perfect time to facilitate and film a national dialogue on the impact of climate change with Inuit women from across Inuit Nunangat. Pauktuutit leads and supports Inuit women in Canada in policy development and community projects in all areas of interest to them for the social, cultural, political and economic betterment of the women, their families and communities. Representatives from all four Inuit land claim regions were in attendance, participating in a workshop which introduced concepts/definitions of climate change and human health.
Throughout the Annual General Meeting a small conference room (called “Speakers Corner”) was available for individuals to speak to the camera about their thoughts/experiences of climate change.
Results: The workshop and “Speakers Corner” helped to increase awareness of the needs of Inuit women in relation to climate change and health. These women are advocates for equality and social improvement. The wide ranging discussions were edited into a video covering a range of health impacts from climate change: food security, adapting traditional food preparation, traditional knowledge and activities such as harvesting and clothing production, as well as recommendations for future research. Also included in the video was a visit and conversation on the changing climate with a local female Inuk hunter who was preparing a skin.
Outputs: A video highlighting Inuit women’s’ perspective on the health impacts of climate change.
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