How do northern Indigenous youth who are hit the most by climate change feel about the crisis?
Find out as APTN National News follows twelve youth to the Beaufort Delta, Northwest Territories.
On-the-land they learn from Elders, researchers and leaders on the dramatic shifts seen in the north.
We’ll learn about permafrost, coastal erosion, food sustainability, preservation of important cultural sites, adaptation and youth-led solutions to climate change.
This is Youth Perspectives on Climate Change.
In the Northwest Territories the land is the culture and the culture is the people. But what happens to the culture as the land slips away? The visible scars from melting permafrost pose an ugly threat to a way of life for Indigenous youth. Delegates of the climate change conference meet with archeologists from the Inuvik’s Aurora Research Institute who are in a race against time to collect clues from the past before it’s too late… Watch more.
Finding working solutions for eroding arctic coastlines will take partnerships from many communities, organizations and governments. According to Indigenous youth, the key to understanding the severity is listening to Elders. We travel to ground zero for changing landscapes – Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. Delegates of the summit gain empathy for community members and open up about how hands on learning is helping them understand climate change effects on Indigenous livelihoods… Watch more.
For the Inuit, Metis and Dene people of the Northwest territories country foods hold much more than nutritional value. Each delegate at the Youth Climate Change Summit share stories on their inability to access traditional food and the immediate effect it has had on Indigenous sovereignty. But it’s not all doom and gloom, we tour the biggest greenhouse in the North and talk about solutions to changing diets… Watch more.
Indigenous communities in the north have always acted during environmental change. Today is no different. Youth are gearing up and arming themselves with knowledge to adapt and find solutions to global warming. The spend an afternoon at Inuvik’s Gwitch’in Tribal Council to learn step by step processes on how to bring climate change workshops and on the land camps to their home communities. Youth share their visions along with their challenges in being taken seriously at their young age… Watch more.