Inuit observations on climate change
Principal Investigator: Ford, Neil (1)
Licence Number: 13038
Organization: International Institute for Sustainable Development
Licensed Year(s): 2000 1999
Issued: Jun 17, 1999
Project Team: Graham Ashford, Rosmarie Kuptana, Anne Gunn, Norm Snow, John Nagy, Terry Woolf, Stan Rueban, Fikret Burkes, Carol More-Ede

Objective(s): This project has two goals. The first relates to public awareness on climate change; the second to the relationship between traditional knowledge and scientific research on climate change. The first goal is to produce a video that will demonstrate to Canadian audiences, interest groups and decision-making forums that climate change is making an impact on the traditional lifestyle and livelihood system of the Inuvialuit people on Banks Island. The second goal is to understand the traditional knowledge of Inuvialuit regarding climate change and to explore the contribution that traditional knowledge, local observations and adaptive strategies can make to scientific research on climate change in the Arctic.

Project Description: The project team will work in partnership with people from the community of Sachs Harbour NT, on Banks Island, especially those whose livelihoods are based on the land. Team members will use participatory workshop methodologies and semi-structured interviews to ensure that the results of the project accurately reflect Inuvialuit viewpoints, observations and traditions. The project will begin with a workshop in Sachs Harbour where the goals and methodologies of the project will be outlined to the community. Also "ownership" of the project will passed on to the community to ensure that local people view themselves as leaders of the project and the outside team members as supporters or facilitators. The team will plan, shoot and produce a video showing the effects of climate change through the eyes of local people. A technical article will also be produced including the results of interviews about climate change phenomenon. This study will highlight the contribution which detailed local observations and traditional knowledge can make to scientific research on climate change.