Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Year(s) Funded: 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020
Topic Area: Adaptation Planning, Mental Health
Partners: : Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, YKDFN, Kakisa
Title: Summer of Smoke (the Movie)
Action: This project is a follow-up to the mixed-method study that Ecology North led (also supported by the Climate change and Health Program) that looked at the implications of the extreme forest fire season of 2014 on the NWT health system and the people of the NWT. This project was very successful in identifying that climate change related forest fires are impacting people and the health system. With a suite of products coming out of this, the team decided to broaden the impact of this project by expanding to a new media (film). The SOS the movie product will be a 45 minute movie that will follow one families journey through the Summer of Smoke. There will be also be 3 shorter vignettes that will provide practical advice and support for communities.
Results: The movie is a 45-min film that will highlight the impacts that climate change is having on NWT people and the health system. This film will be released with a press kit and communications materials to the general public, but also sent to communities in the boreal forest, with policy documents and other products.
Outputs: The film, press kit, there have been two academic papers from the project, a policy paper and plain language document for decision makers.