Dr. Olaf Kuhlke from the University of Minnesota Duluth Cultural Entrepreneurship Program presented on the ‘Our People – Our Climate: Visualizing Climate Change in Nunavut through Indigenous Youth Photography and Videography’ during this year’s 2021 ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meetings.

This presentation chronicles the design and creation of a curriculum for a synchronous 8-week online course on the visualization of climate change in Arctic locations, namely Canada (Nunavut). The program was designed by ilinniapaa Skills Development Center, the University of Minnesota Duluth, the University of St. Thomas, as well as local partner organizations including the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative/Dorset Fine Arts.

The program engaged high-school students and young adults in learning about two interrelated components:

  • climate change evidence and visualization, utilizing and contributing to the Climate Visuals framework (https://climatevisuals.org/), and
  • professional photography/videography.
The highly successful project ” Our People – Our Climate: Visualizing Climate Change in Nunavut through Indigenous Youth Photography and Videography” brought together numerous partner organizations, and has been exhibited internationally in addition to COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2021.

Students learned about existing evidence for climate change in different biomes across the globe, utilized the key principles of visualizing climate change, and practiced how to use photography and documentary filmmaking to collect evidence of climate change in their communities, ultimately creating professional photography and a documentary film that was shown as part of the cultural program at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow in November 2021. 


Jamie Bell

By Jamie Bell

A Winnipeg-based, interdisciplinary artist Jamie has worked with media and communications for almost three decades across multiple sectors including the Government of Nunavut, Department of National Defence, Algonquin College, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Nunavut Research Institute. A long-time advocate for community-based arts and research, Jamie’s work has focused on fostering stronger relationships through outreach and engagement. His previous work includes the SSHRC-funded Nanisiniq Arviat History Project and the ArcticNet-supported Inclusion in Northern Research project. Jamie is a founding member of the Arviat Film Society and Arviat Television with support from Isuma TV’s Digital Indigenous Democracy Project. In 2021, Jamie was one of the founding members for the Canada Council for the Arts and Manitoba Arts Council-funded Winnipeg Incubator for Digital Arts and Cultural Entrepreneurship. This project, supported by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design works with Indigenous emerging artists and cultural connectors from Nunavut, Northwestern Ontario, Minnesota and Manitoba.