Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change (Le savoir inuit et les changes climatiques)

ISUMA, Ian Mauro, Norman Cohn and Zacharias Kunuk

2010, 54:00 minutes, colour, Inuktitut, with English or French subtitles


Zacharias Kunuk and his team at Isuma Productions have teamed up with researcher Ian Mauro, PhD, University of Victoria, to document and communicate Inuit knowledge regarding climate change in Nunavut. This community-based video research and filmmaking project values the important contribution Inuit have regarding climate change impacts and associated adaptation strategies.

Zacharias Kunuk is a filmmaker whose dramatic feature films include Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner), which won the Camera d'Or at the Cannes in 2001 and The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, co-directed with Norman Cohn, which opened the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. Kunuk is the winner of a National Arts Award, National Aboriginal Achievement Award and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2005.

Ian Mauro, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow and filmmaker in Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. His research focuses on farmer and hunter knowledge regarding environmental issues related to biotechnology, sustainable agriculture, wildlife management and climate change. His research films have been translated into Spanish, French and Japanese and he has spent the last decade living in Inuit communities across Nunavut.

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