Nuna Tariuq Silalu Film Project

Nuna Tariuq Silalu Film Project

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!

About Maeva Gauthier

Maeva is passionate about marine ecology, coastal communities, communications, and filmmaking. She loves using digital media as a tool to connect people and bring awareness. Originally from Quebec, she came to the West Coast of Canada in 2007 to pursue a Masters in Marine Ecology (Univ. of Victoria) after a biology undergraduate degree in Montreal (Univ. of Quebec in Montreal). For the past 10 years, she’s been involved in ocean outreach and education projects, including short film productions, interactive media, public speaking, magazine writing, and educational projects. She was lucky enough to go to both poles in 2009, the Antarctic and the Arctic, and has been going back to the Arctic a few times ever since for the ShoreZone.Org program and to facilitate film workshops with youth so they can document their stories of the coast. Since 2011, she co-founded the non-profit Fish Eye Project, now known as Live It, providing live underwater broadcasting to connect people with our ocean in a very unique and interactive way. For her Ph.D., she will use Participatory Video as a tool to engage Arctic communities to document plastic and microplastics found in their coastal environment and subsistence foods. She hopes that her work will help explore solutions and facilitate their implementation by policy-makers.

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