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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 documentary film series focusing on the impacts of modernization and climate change on the Northern environment and indigenous health and culture. These fascinating glimpses offer a rare opportunity to experience stories of the north through a unique cinematic lens. All films will be presented free of charge at Pavillon Alphonse-Desjardins, Université Laval on a monthly basis.

The first event, April 20, 2017, will include a screening of the documentary Okpik’s Dream (73 minutes) followed by an opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the film with the Director and Mr. Okpik.

Harry Okpik is a traditional Inuk sled dog racer living in the Inuit community Quaqtaq, in northern Québec. In English and Inuktitut, the film beautifully portrays Harry’s relationship with his dogs and the crucial events that led to the loss of his childhood, and eventually, the loss of his leg. The film follows Harry’s journey to recovery and preparation for his participation in his 10th Ivakkak Dog Sled Race, which criss-crosses hundreds of kilometers of the Nunavik territory in Québec.

Film-maker and Director, Laura Rietveld, Harry Okpik and Ivakkak Race veterinarian Dr. Julie Ducroq, will be on site to share their experiences and answer questions.

The next screening is scheduled for Thursday, May 18 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.

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Screening the of the documentary Okpik's Dream

  • Date : April 20
  • 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