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Dr. Olaf Kuhlke and Tony Eetak discuss the Our People, Our Climate project at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Qaumajuq in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Our People, Our Climate.

Entitled Our People, Our Climate, this innovative, international and community-driven project is both an artistic showcase and skills development program.

Youth and young adult participants will learn the art of documentary storytelling using still photography, videography, drone aerial technology and interview techniques.

INDIGENOUS YOUTH AND COMMUNITY VISUALIZING CLIMATE CHANGE

ALIGNMENTS TO THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

The importance of digital training for arts and cultural sectors, as well as job creation and participation in markets for digital products is widely recognized as essential for economic recovery in modern economies, as evidenced by several creative economy reports by the United Nations Creative Economy Program (UNCTAD 2008, 2010 and 2013). 

In our program, youth and community artists become active researchers gathering and documenting the impacts of climate change on their communities. Following the inspiration of previous research work that highlights the need of the direct inclusion of local Indigenous populations in research operations as a form of reconciliation, Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners from two hemispheres are collaborating and contributing to research on climate change visualization.

Furthermore, these contributions can be shared as part of cultural programs for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, providing crucial opportunities to speak to UN delegates at these events and share their evidence through carefully crafted imagery and video. 

Our People, Our Climate is a ground-breaking documentary film initiative, aiming to develop the storytelling skills of Nunavut youth and young adults. Inuit communities across Canada’s Arctic are essential to current climate change discussions, and this project brings together a range of young people in these communities to tell important stories through a unique and distinct cultural lens.

Using Arts in support of a Participatory and Inclusive Learning Environments
3:00 PM, Tuesday 21 Jun 2022 (1 hour 45 minutes)
Auviqsaqtut inuit Studies Conference
Winnipeg, Manitoba

This session will bring together northern and southern youth, community builders, arts-based researchers, cultural creators and educators to share cultural and environmental observations, challenges and insights-based solutions for hands-on digital arts and technologies to tackle cultural and climate change through regenerative artistic creation, cultural entrepreneurship training and participatory video training. 

THIS INITIATIVE WAS MADE POSSIBLE WITH SUPPORT FROM

Arctic Buying Company Kivalliq and Winnipeg