Year(s) Funded: 2012-2013
Topic Area: Mental Health
Contact: Charlotte Wolfrey, Rigolet Inuit Community Government (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Partners: Inuit Community Governments of Nain, Hopedale, Postville, and Makkovik, ‘My Word’ Storytelling and Digital Media Lab (Rigolet), Nunatsiavut Government
Title: Inuit Isumangit Kanuittailinitsangit Amma Sungiutisannik Silaup Asianguvallianinganik (Inuit Mental Health and Adaptation to Climate Change: A Nunatsiavut Regional Perspective)
Action: The research design was participatory, collaborative, and multi-disciplinary. Data was collected through two main ways: 1) in-depth interviews with key stakeholders from all five communities, as well as health professionals throughout the region and the Nunatsiavut government; 2) Digital stories created by participants in all five communities and facilitated by the ‘My Word’: Storytelling and Digital Media Lab from Rigolet. All data-gathering tools were co-developed in collaboration with all relevant parties. The project also included several research objectives which encompassed questions and areas of analysis, in addition to community training objectives focused on community capacity development.
Results: Throughout the duration of the project, results were shared with community members through an on-going bases and through soliciting community feedback to ensure authenticity and accuracy of results. In addition, five story sharing events were organized, showcasing the digital stories created through the project. There was also a community film screening of the video created by Rigolet youth through the participatory video project.
Outputs: Developed multiple digital stories of relevant climate change impacts.