Nanisiniq’s young Inuit researchers present climate change education resource to Arviat’s John Arnalukjuak High School
written by Nunavut Echo
Nanisiniq Arviat History Project members Jordan Konek and Curtis Konek present John Arnalukjuaq High School teacher Gord Billard with a copy of the film, Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change, produced by Zacharias Kunuk and Ian Mauro.
The film will be used in science classes at John Arnalukjuaq High School to teach young Inuit about climate change.
The film explores centuries of Inuit knowledge, allowing the viewer to learn about climate change first-hand from Arctic residents themselves, the film portrays Inuit as experts regarding their land and wildlife and makes it clear that climate change is a human rights issue affecting this ingenious Indigenous culture. Hear stories about Arctic melting and how Inuit believe that human and animal intelligence are key to adaptability and survival in a warming world.
Stream the film for free from Isuma TV’s website.
The film night, held at John Arnalukjuaq High School on Sept. 27, 2011, was sponsored by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the York University Institute for Research in Innovation and Sustainability (IRIS) and saw more than 60 Arviarmiut connecting live with participants in New Brunswick, Toronto and Vancouver through the Internet. This event was organized to raise awareness about the trip that Inuit youth and other delegates from York University are taking to present at COP17.
Special thanks to Isuma Productions and Vtape for providing the DVD for this special event.
Do You Know Jordan Konek!? He’s….
by Jordan Konek
September 14, 2011
Today, I started working with Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada. We did our workshop this morning and this afternoon. We started off our workshop by introducing each other, the Pauktuutit team and the High school students. Each group was chatting about what they do and what they’re trying to do.
Then an interesting for myself came up, one of the high school students started talking about who they know and how they know them. One of the Pauktuutit members said: “oh you know this guy?!” student replies and says “yes! we know each other!”. That’s what I love about coming from Nunavut, when they meet someone new and they start talking about where they come from and who they know. They somehow are automatically forced to act real happy, I think it’s the human nature. But I love it even more when some replies “he/she’s my cousin!!”, that’s what I love! And then they become friends, which is always a good thing.
The team here is already going real well and I can already see the whole team making friends with each other and enjoying their times here together. Everyone has been taking part and listening to each other. It’s nice to have the Pauktuutit group making a film about fatherhood and to have the youth and elders involved in this program that Pauktuutit is hosting.
We will be going to Coral Harbour and Iqaluit, Nunavut to do more filming about fatherhood. I’m looking forward to working with the crew that we have and it would have been more exciting for the young drama kids who have been very cooperative. We recently did a little film skit this afternoon and Pauktuutit will be making a documentary using some of that film we shot. I am also putting together a short film especially made for the drama kids who deserve a big thank you and to Gord Billard and the John Arnalukjuak High School who gave these kids some time to take part in this Pauktuutit program.
YES I KNOW HIM!