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NTI to Host Climate Change Adaptation Workshop

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(March 14, 2005 – Cambridge Bay, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. 1st Vice-President James Eetoolook today announced a three-day climate change adaptation workshop would take place in Iqaluit this week.

The workshop, entitled Inuit Perspectives on Climate Change Adaptation Challenges in Nunavut, will be held at the Francophone Centre March 15-17, 2005. Forty participants including Inuit Elders, Inuit organization representatives, governments and Arctic climate researchers will attend the workshop.

This is an important conference because it follows up on the work we did during the Elder’s Conference on Climate Change in Cambridge Bay in 2001, explained Eetoolook. Our Elders and scientists have told us for years about global warming and the effect it will have on our lives. It is safe to say we are now feeling the effects of climate change. The next step we have to take is to figure out how we are going to adapt to these changes, he said.

Agenda items include applying Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and scientific knowledge to our understanding of climate change, current and projected impacts of climate change on communities in Nunavut, and implications for Inuit cultural and harvesting activities. The workshop will however, focus on adaptation to climate change impacts, and on how Inuit organizations and governments should address this looming issue.

Climate change and the effect it has on our land, oceans and animals is always a concern of Inuit. What we need to do now is figure out how to stay ahead of these changes by increasing our ability to adapt to them. This is critical because we must make sure we are passing on accurate information to our youth when Elders teach younger generations to remain safe as they pursue traditional activities on the sea ice, the water and the land, said Eetoolook.

NTI, ArcticNet and the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development are sharing the costs of the workshop.

For further information:

Kerry McCluskey
Director of Communications
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
Tel: (867) 975-4914
Cell: (867) 975-1337
Toll-free: 1-888-646-0006