Edward Nef's documenary "Mongolia-Mining
Challenges a Civilization" was recently awarded first place in the
documentary category at the New England Film Festival, 2013. The film, produced
by New England area native, Edward Nef, explores the complex challenges
surrounding the recent discovery of vast mineral resources in the traditionally
nomadic, rural coutryside of Mongolia. Watch an interview with the producer here. Read more about the film here.
the newest film from Video Productions and Kunuk Cohn Productions, is the story
of a woman named Anna (Marianne Farley) returning to Igloolik for the first
time in years with her 14 year old son, Tomas (Lukasi Forrest), the product of
a brief affair with an Inuk man when she worked in Igloolik. Anna and Tomas try
to reconnect with the people of Igloolik, including Tomas’ half brother Travis
(Travis Kunnuk) and their culture, with mixed reactions.
The film debuted at Quebec’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema. It
is the second feature film produced by Arnaid Video Collective, based in
Igloolik, which concentrates on women’s stories.
continue touring around Canada, going to Toronto for the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival (October 16-19) and then
opening for the Yellowknife International Film Festival this fall.
The University of Oulu, University of Lapland and Sámi Education Institute have organized Oovtâst- Together: New concepts, theories and methadologies on Saami Studies will be held from September 25-27 in Inari, Finland. This multidisciplinary conference is aiming for new approaches to Saami studies and will attempt to analyze etic and emic perspectives of Saami society and culture.
Some keynote lecturers include Dr. Else Grete Broderstad from University of Tromsø, Norway, (Indigenous rights and citizenship rights: contradictory or coherent?) Dr. Veli-Pekka Lehtola professor of Saami culture at the Giellagas Institute for Saami studies at the University of Oulu, Finland (Northern histories of Encounters. Some aspects on studying the Saami-Finnish relations in 20th century) and Ylva Jannok Nutti, from University of Tromsø (“Towards a Sami culturally-based learning context: Action research and social practices to revitalize Sami traditional knowledge and language” (Sámi kultuvrii vuođđuduvvan oahppanbiras: Ákšuvdnadutkan ja sosiálalaš praksisat sámi árbevirolaš dieđu ja giela ealáskahttimis)
The University of Washington has announced the competition
for the 2014-15 Fulbright Chair
in Arctic Studies. This position, open to Canadian scholars, scientists, practitioners
or community/political leaders is the first of its kind in the nation. The successful
applicant will lead an undergraduate seminar in Arctic studies, present a
public lecture on the Arctic and undertake various arctic initiatives with
different UW colleagues. They will receive $25,000 USD for a two quarter
residency at the University of Washington, Seattle.
The Canada Fulbright
Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies is supported by the UW Office of Global
Affairs, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Social Sciences
Division, College of Arts and Sciences, College of the Environment, and the
Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of
America, Ottawa. The Canadian Studies Center, in the Jackson School, serves as
the hosting unit for the Arctic Chair.
The application deadline
is November 15th, 2013. The application can be found here.
More information on the Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies at UW can be found here.
The launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Fifth Assessment Working Group 1 Summary for Policy Makers Climate Change 2013: the Physical
Science Basis will be held in
Stockholm, Sweden from September 23-26 2013. The Working Group 1 Summary will
include information on the paleoclimate, observations on the ocean, cryosphere,
atmosphere, evaluation on climate
models, and near term and long term projections on climate change.
There will be a free public
event held in Kulturhuset,
Sergels torg Stockholm on September
28th 2013 at 13:00-15:00 Central European time (or 7-9 am Eastern
Standard Time). This will also be live streamed in English to the public through
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and partners. This
event will include the summary of the Fifth Assessment Report from Working Group
1 and a panel discussion. For more information on the live stream, visit http://www.igbp.net/. For more
information on the IPCC event, visit http://www.ipcc.ch/.
As the climate continues to change in the arctic, Greenland's government set a commission this year to see how the changing climate may help farmers increase agricultural production and minimize expensive imported foods. Many Inuit hunters are finding reindeer fatter than ever thanks to grazing in the Tundra, and some people have started growing vegetables, like tomatoes and potatoes, that have historically been more successfully grown in climates south of Greenland. Potatoes have done very well, along with cabbage. Commercially grown potatoes in Greenland reached over 100 metric tons in 2012, double the amount grown in 2008. Due to the longer summers, the climate is making vegetables more adaptable to the agricultural system, one restaurant even served locally grown strawberries to some surprised customers!
A new blog was recently developed by a few students at the University of Virginia who intern for Judy Burch, a Nunavut specialist, who are highly enthused by Nunavut culture! The blog is updated by students at UVA frequently on different topics concerning Nunavut culture. Some recent posts have been fun facts, stunning photos of natural phenomenon and even a bit of history of the territory. The blog is a great way for students at UVA, as well as the general public, to connect to Nunavut in a fun and accessible way. The blog is relatively informal making it a breeze to scroll through a video of a community based circus that promotes traditional Inuit dance, check up on some surprising facts about Nunavut, and visit an extensive map of the territory, all while gaining useful knowledge. Click on the like to Know Nunavut to find out more!
There is a new Canada Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies at the University of Washington! This position will bring scholars, practitioners and indigenous leaders from Canada to the University of Washington. The new position is being developed by the College of Arts and Science, College of the Environment and Applied Physics Laboratory. The new Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies is meant to capitalize on integrated multidisciplinary research and scholarship. The chair will focus on emerging issues and developments in the Arctic region. The areas of research may include, but are not limited to, indigenous governance, adaptation of northern communities to environmental or social change, northern economies or change in transportation pathways in the Arctic Ocean. The Fulbright Chair will contribute and participate in the University life and the progress of ice innovation!
The iPad does it again. The Nunavut Elders Committee has applied for money from the "Quebec is Senior Friendly" program to introduce the modern technology of the iPad to elders in the Nunavut communities. Elders will be able to use programs like Skype and Facetime to stay in touch with family and friends without the hassle of travel. The valuable technology will allow the oral tradition of Nunavut to cross regional boundaries and facilitate communication.
In 2012, an award winning film was made by National Geographic photographer, James Balog. Balog captured on film record breaking changes in the glaciers and brought to life the enormous affect of climate change and melting ice. Although many people around the world only see climate change and the affects of melting ice though weather oddities, the people of the arctic have a direct connection and can see the affects of ice melting on a daily basis as the seasons change. James Balog brings the dramtic changes from the top of the world to a larger audience in the film, "Changing Ice." For a look at the film, click here