The Land of our Future
Full Title:The Land of our Future
Published:June 6, 2013
A group of high school students from Yellowknife, NWT, have released a documentary film on how those in the North are already feeling the impacts of climate change, and how it will continue to affect the land their children will inherit.
The Land of our Future is a 15-minute film produced by the Munk-Gordon Arctic Security Program and the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research in partnership with Dene Nation and Yellowknives Dene First Nation. Over the course of a year, four high school students, Clayton Pielak, Jackii Edwards, Kyra Sangris and Taylor Pagotto, interviewed local hunters, elders, and municipal and territorial government leaders to get a sense of how the land has changed over the past 30 to 40 years, and how they will have to adapt to the new landscape climate change is creating.
"It's becoming a really big problem for our traditions and our culture," says Pielak, near the end of the film. "It's getting hard to do what we used to do, and now it's getting dangerous to try and stick with our culture... it's starting to really affect our way of life, basically."