Nanisiniq: Arviat History Project
The Nanisiniq Arviat History Project is a joint venture involving youth and Elders in the Inuit community of Arviat, located on the southwest side of Hudson Bay, Nunavut. The project is co-ordinated in Arviat by Tamar Mukyunik and by Professor Frank Tester of the School of Social Work, University of British Columbia.
For decades, Inuit Elders have expressed concern about the knowledge Inuit youth have of their own social history and culture. This project brings together Inuit youth and Elders in an exploration of their history and culture from an Inuit point of view. The progress of the project and the insights and discoveries of Elders and youth are documented on this website. Elders and youth are also filming their experience and interviewing, not only Elders in their community, but Qablunaat who came north in the late 1950s and 1960s, a period of phenomenal change among Aviarmiut.
In about 10 years the Inuit of Arviat went from tents and igloos, land-based camps and a predominantly hunting culture, to living together in the settlement originally known as ‘Eskimo Point’ and now called Arviat. This is possibly the fastest rate of change for any group of Indigenous people, anywhere in the world, in all of recorded history. The impacts on culture, physical and mental health, social relations and well-being have been dramatic.
York University’s Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability
The York Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS) was established by York University in 2004 to create an interdisciplinary university-wide research institute that is a focal point for the sustainability-related activities of all eleven faculties at York. In the lead up to COP17, IRIS focusing on building a network of researchers and community members interested in being part of an ongoing knowledge co-production process by creating a space for imaginative dialogue leading up to, into, and beyond the climate negotiations.
Youth Climate Solidarity Project
In the Youth Climate Solidarity Project, a young person in an Over-Consuming Country (OCC) gets linked up with a person (“climate buddy”) in a Lower-Consuming Country (LCC). Together, they explore their lifestyles and options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The project, coordinated by Kjell Kühne, is currently in its pilot phase but aims to expand globally through our networks of family, friends, classes, schools, existing organizations, communities, cities, and countries, in order to become one of the underpinnings of humanity’s response to the climate crisis.
Nairobi to Durban: Youth Climate Caravan