Indigenous teenagers from Tuktoyaktuk in North Canada have been invited to show a documentary they made on climate change at a United Nations convention this December.
The 20-minute documentary, Happening to Us, looks at the impact of climate change within their community, where the coastline has eroded to the point that houses are at risk of falling into the ocean and have to be moved.
Tuktoyaktuk, commonly known simply as Tuk, is an Inuvialuit village of less than 1,000 people on the Arctic Ocean in the extreme north of Canada’s Northwest Territories. It is the only community in Canada on the Arctic Ocean that is connected to the rest of Canada by road.
Earlier this year, the seven teenagers, ranging in ages from took part in a workshop where they learned how to film, edit and produce their own documentary.
One of the participants, 17-year-old Carmen Kuptana told CBC News: “It’s pretty awesome because we could show people how we’ve been through so much.
“[We] see the changes happening around here by climate change, and how it’s ruining our hunting routes and how less and less we’re getting our natural foods.”
The students interviewed elders, hunters, Canada’s Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Natan Obed on camera.
The teenagers are now fundraising for a trip to Chile to attend the 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) in December.
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