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Documentary Film Series Highlighting the Impacts of Modernization and Climate Change on Northern Environments and Indigenous Health and Culture

Quebec City – The ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence and the Nasivvik Research Chair present a Northern Documentary Film Series focusing on the impacts of modernization and climate change on the Arctic environment and indigenous health and culture. These fascinating glimpses offer a rare opportunity to experience stories of the North through a unique cinematic lens. The films will all be presented free of charge at Pavillon Alphonse-Desjardins, Université Laval on a monthly basis.

Building on the success of the documentary screening Okpik’s Dream, two films will be presented Thursday, May 18 that focus on the health of northern indigenous peoples as impacted by their changing environment. Northern communities face a variety of complex health challenges, as diets include an increasing proportion of processed products to the detriment of high-quality local foods. The films Qanuippitaa? (French; 21 minutes) and UTSUK: A Story of Fat (English; 35 minutes) document a fascinating look at collaborative research projects trying to address these changes. The films will each be followed by an opportunity to discuss the issues raised with the Scientific Leaders directly involved.

Qanuippitaa? documents the 2004 Inuit Health Survey conducted onboard the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen. This film provides a captivating look at the unique approach taken to gather information about health and well-being of the remote Inuit communities. Dr. Pierre Ayotte, Scientific Director of the Nunavik Inuit Health Survey, will be on site to discuss the outcomes of this research program and provide insights into the planning of the massive 2017 Nunavik Inuit Health Survey, Qanuilirpitaa?, which will be conducted on board the CCGS Amundsen this summer.

UTSUK: A Story of Fat explores the complex relationship among northern environmental, social and cultural changes and health transition among Inuit and other Indigenous Peoples. Dr. Chris Furgal, documentary co-producer and Associate Professor in the Indigenous Environmental Studies Program at Trent University will share his experience and answer questions.

The winner of the 2017 Éric Dewailly scholarship for community-based Aboriginal health projects ($5,000) will also be announced during the event. This scholarship is offered as part of the Nasivvik Research Chair's activities to encourage students to share and discuss the results of their research with the indigenous communities involved in their projects. This award also offers the opportunity to develop a community-based project focusing on prevention and promotion of healthy environments and well-being.

The next screening is scheduled for Thursday, June 15 at 7:00 PM. Visit the Nasivvik Research Chair Facebook page and ArcticNet’s twitter profile on a regular basis to obtain more information about the presented documentaries.

Data sheet
Screening of the documentaries Qanuippitaa? and UTSUK: A Story of Fat

  • Date : May 18
  • Time : 7:00 PM
  • Location : Room Hydro-Québec, Pavillon Alphonse-Desjardins, Université Laval
  • Address : 2325, rue de l'Université, room 1506, Québec, QC, G1V 0B3
  • Free parking is available in front of Pavillon Alphonse-Desjardins