Elders, scientists talk climate change
Northern News Services, 28 July 2008

IQALUIT, CANADA: With the mercury pushing far past 20 C and into record-breaking territory, the Planning for Climate Change Symposium in Iqaluit took on added significance. The July 20-23 event was held to share how climate change is affecting the North, and for city planners, scientists, elders and politicians to discuss successes and concerns, share stories and build upon initiatives to slow down climate change. Sunday’s keynote speaker Sheila Watt-Cloutier, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, has worked for the last 12 years as an Inuit rights advocate and has linked climate change to human rights. “Our environment and climate are becoming much more unpredictable,” said Watt-Cloutier, adding, because of this, traditional knowledge and skills are becoming more difficult to pass down to young people. “Our hunting culture is tied to the land and that’s why, to us, climate change is very much is an issue of our right and our ability to exist as an indigenous people. Read the article…