Friday, October 22, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
Inuit and Climate Change
The Arctic's Inuit will tell you the winds are shifting ... the ground is melting underfoot and the sun is no longer where it's supposed to be. For Zacharias Kunuk - the Inuit director of the award-winning film Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner) - those Inuit elders are also in the best position to tell climate scientists what's really happening in the Arctic.
So he teamed up with Ian Mauro, an environmental scientist and filmmaker from Winnipeg who's also spent years living in the Canadian North. Together they've documented the observations and reflections of Inuit elders. Their new film is called Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change. Zacharias Kunuk and Ian Mauro joined us in our Toronto studio.
Coming up Monday on The Current ... Boom ... Bust ... Bump. That's how demographers describe Quebec's birth rate over the past 60 years or so. The boom of the post-war era, the bust of the 80s and 90s. As part of our ongoing project on demographics called Shift, CBC Radio producer Susan McKenzie looks at how government policy turned that bust into a bump. Today, we gave Susan the last word.