Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories
Year(s) Funded: 2008-2009
Topic Area: Knowledge Sharing / Education
Contact: Erin Freeland (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Partners: Tuktoyaktuk Community Corporation & Mangilaluk School our Land
Title: Our Land, Our Life, Our Future: Community Health, Climate Change & Community Based Adaptation Solutions toward Wellness
Action: Students from Mangilaluk School our Land and researchers from Tuktoyaktuk recorded interviews with Elders and other community members comparing life in the past with current conditions. Topics covered included, family life, residential schools, hunting practices, availability of wildlife, plant life, technology, quality of game and fish, and how it affects the health of the community. Elders spoke of changes in the climate and how it has changed aspects of daily life, including the social impacts of these changes. Students participated in a workshop on editing, filming, interviewing and publishing video.
Results: This project helped to build community capacity to carry out quality research on climate change and health from an Inuit perspective in an Inuit context. Programming has contributed to increased exposure to university research, expanded understanding of post-secondary education, and increased ability and self-confidence to participate and work towards post-secondary education. Involved youth became engaged in climate change and health impacts and earned credits towards graduation. Youth also acquired film and editing skills that are useful to share and record oral culture and serve as resource to the community, as historical archives and teaching tools.
Outputs: The recording of interviews and presentations and the publishing of a newspaper article about the community workshop was distributed throughout the community.