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Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat The Fast Runner) and researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (Seeds of Change) have teamed up with Inuit communities to document their knowledge and experience regarding climate change. This documentary, the world's first Inuktitut language film on the topic, takes the viewer "on the land" with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic. The film helps us to appreciate Inuit culture and expertise regarding environmental change and indigenous ways of adapting to it.
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The film helps students develop those skills associated with system thinking. The changes in the artic resulting from a warming climate illustrate the links that connect an ecosystem and the manner in which that ecosystem has shaped the culture that has developed there.
The film is a powerful case study of the consequences we may expect from a changing climate .In telling the story, the filmmakers draws attention to the links within the environment and the links between our environment and our culture. It further illustrates how traditional Indigenous knowledge can complement scientific knowledge.
The film has application for any unit of study dealing with climate change. It is a case study that illuminates the consequences of climate change for a very unique and vulnerable region. Students might extend their investigation by looking at the possible impact of climate change on their region or for other selected regions.
The film also supports those units of study that explore Aboriginal or Indigenous people's relationship to the environment and traditional Indigenous knowledge.
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