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Joanna Petrasek MacDonald, McGill University
From the Minds of Youth: Using participatory multimedia to explore mental health impacts of climate change with Inuit youth in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Canada

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The Canadian North is being severely affected by rising global temperatures. Warmer temperatures are leading to melting ice and permafrost, increasing erosion and unpredictable weather and shorter winters. These climatic and environmental changes are affecting vegetation, wildlife and the landscape. With a culture intricately tied to the land, Inuit depend on their natural environment for livelihoods and sustenance. Even subtle alterations in the land and climate can negatively impact their health and well-being.

This research study explores the impact of a changing climate on the mental health of Nunatsiavut, Labrador’s Inuit youth, as they adapt to their changing world. Through the use of participatory video, the project works to engage youth and examine how digital multimedia techniques can be used to enhance youth resilience.


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