N’dilo, Northwest Territories
Year(s) Funded: 2015-2016
Topic Area: Adaptation Planning
Contact: Jessie MacKenzie, Institute for Circumpolar Health Research (Jessie.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Partners: Institute for Circumpolar Health Research, Yellowknives Dene First Nation, Ecology North, Tlicho Government, Arctic Energy Alliance, K’alemi Dene School, Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, Yellowknife Search and Rescue, Western Arctic Moving Pictures
Title: Climate Change & Our Lands in Film: A Ndilo Youth Community Wellness Project
Action:The objective of the project was to document how climate change is impacting the health of community members in Ndilo and Yellowknife, for students to create an adaptation strategy, and document this strategy by using the participatory action video research methodology. The primary objective was for grade nine to twelve students to document climate change impacts on health and to create a climate change adaptation strategy via the participatory action video research method. Students were trained in action video research, documentary film production, climate change literacy and conducted interviews with local Traditional Knowledge experts, bio-fuel specialists, an ecologist, and an emergency room physician. The information that derived from the interviews was used to form their own climate change adaptation and mitigation plan. Students documented their learning outcomes, the creative process, and an eight step adaptation and mitigation plan.
Results: Upon project completion, the students held a public film screening of the documentary. All project partners including YKDFN’s Chief Sangris, Arctic Energy Alliance, Ecology North, ICHR, all Kalemi Dene School teachers and KDS Grades 5-12 students had the opportunity to watch the film at Kalemi Dene School. The project lead also spoke at two research conferences (University of Alberta, and Dartmouth College) about the importance of developing research capacity amongst indigenous youth in changing northern environments. Student testimonies regarding their learning outcomes were included as evidence that they are developing research capacity.
Outputs: A documentary video “Climate Change & Our Land in Film”.
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