Nuna Tariuq Silalu Film Project – Food Security, Social and Environmental Justice and Resilience in the Canadian Arctic, using Participatory Video Method, is a project led by Maeva Gauthier, alum of SOI’s 2009 Antarctic expedition. As part of her Ph.D, Maeva worked alongside key partners in the community of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories to develop relationships with the community and the youth, to understand what environmental issues are the most interesting to them to create films about, and to facilitate an introduction to film with the support of a filmmaker.
In August of 2018, youth participated in an introduction film workshop and followed by an expedition around town to film at the Pingo Canadian Landmark, the dump to film solid waste, the coast to film coastal development, as well as berries and birds. The success of this project inspired the group to apply for funding to access more filming gear so they can use film and photography for multiple projects in town and hopefully create future jobs for local youth.
This filming workshop was the first of many, and actually inspired the creation of a youth collective called Tuk TV. The youth at Tuk TV created a film called Happening to Us that shows the impact that climate change is having on their hometown. In December of 2019 Maeva and the Tuk TV team, including 2017 Arctic Expedition alum Carmen Kuptana, traveled to Madrid, Spain to show their film at the high level UN Climate Change Conference Conference of Parties!