Additionally, Snowchange has been conducting a wide-ranging climate change, wellbeing and youth-oriented initiatives to document climate change impacts and traditional knowledge, identify community-based measures to adapt to those changes and provide culturally-appropriate mechanisms for transfer of Indigenous knowledge, culture and ways of life to youth on land at the same time. Land is Life has agreed to collaborate on and co-sponsor an event organized by SnowChange Cooperative which will convene an intergenerational group of Indigenous people to to share this work and discuss the realities and potential solutions to these new and growing challenges.
This new partnerships builds off experience in the region through our long-term capacity building partnership with the Gwich’in Steering Committee which has been supported through NoVo Foundation.
Indigenous Organisation: Tū’dese̲’chō Wholistic Indigenous Leadership Development Society Location: Northern British Columbia and Yukon, Canada
Atlas Mapping Project
Indigenous Organisation: Hamlet of Chesterfield Inlet
Location: Nunavut, Canada
This hamlet wishes to start creating an online atlas of traditional land uses, place names, ecology and archaeology. Of special interest is the focus on caribou as a keystone species. It is recommended that a seed fund is provided from the LIL grant to focus specifically on Elder’s knowledge documentation.
Indigenous Organisation: Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq / Kitikmeot Heritage Society
Location: Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada
This mentor-apprentice programme proposal addresses a real and urgent need. The speakers of Inuinnaqtun are being affected by rapid cultural change and despite the success of Nunavut as an Inuit-led territory on other fields, it is true that the linguistic revitalization is doing poorly. Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq also points correctly to the fact that worldviews, key Indigenous cultural concepts and relationships with the land can only be expressed in Inuinnaqtun.
Unangax Plants as Foods and Medicine Symposium
Indigenous Organisation: Aleutian Pribilof Islands Assocation, Inc.
Location: Unalaska, Alaska
This project wishes to convey Unangax Indigenous knowledge at an event designed to revitalize and promote the he traditional plant knowledge of the community. This work includes linguistic terms of plants, revitalization of traditional knowledge and documentation of existing knowledge, making plant salves and other healing elements, preservation of foods and herbal teas. The project is led by a respected Aleut organisation and the plan is solid and credible.
Painting the Future of Unalakleet Weather: Merging Science, Indigenous Knowledge and Inupiaq Youth Voices for Community Climate Assessment
Indigenous Organisation: Unalakleet Community
Location: Unalakleet, Alaska
Unalakleet is the hub of the Norton Sound communities and the center of the Bering Strait School District. The region according to the proposal suffers from intensifying impacts on the coastal erosion, storm events and temperature changes. The project participants, representing citizens and members of the Inupiaq population of Unalakleet are proposing to finding solutions through Indigenous knowledge and science. The project will produce a first-ever science paper of Inupiaq knowledge specifically from Unalakleet and weather data of the baseline changes, western science assessment of the urgent issues on Norton Sound and a “visions of the future” youth Indigenous arts action for allowing the youngest to express their views on the changes under way. International Snowchange Co-op is providing co-funds and the Bering Sea School District will work on the project youth aspect (initial agreement in April 2019).