Climate, Culture, Change
Inuit and Western Dialogues with a Warming North
Publication Year: 2011
Every day brings new headlines about climate change as politicians debate how to respond, scientists offer new data, and skeptics critique the validity of the research. To step outside these scientific and political debates, Timothy Leduc engages with various Inuit understandings of northern climate change. What he learns is that today’s climate changes are not only affecting our environments, but also our cultures. By focusing on the changes currently occurring in the north, he highlights the challenges being posed to Western climate research, Canadian politics and traditional Inuit knowledge.
Climate, Culture, Change sheds light on the cultural challenges posed by northern warming and proposes an intercultural response that is demonstrated by the blending of Inuit and Western perspectives.
Published by: University of Ottawa Press
Preface and Acknowledgements
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Introduction: Endangered Knowledge
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This book is about climate change in the Canadian North, and the challenge it poses to both Western and indigenous knowledge. Many researchers have referred to the North as the climatic equivalent of the âcanary in the mine,â the place where the onset of climate change will first be felt before triggering ...
Sila Wisdom for a Time of Change
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Under the leadership of Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Canadian government has expressed significant interest in the changes that are impacting the northern ecology of the polar bear and Inuit culture. In his first year of power, Harper held a news conference in Churchill, Manitoba, also ...
Researching Gaiaâs Uncertain Climate
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In the lead-up to Prime Minister Stephen Harperâs first elected minority Conservative government in January 2006, John Bennett of the Sierra Club raised a common concern among environmentalists that Harperâs comments on climate change while in opposition revealed a limited view âof the ...
Canadian Call for a Global Conscience
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At the December 2005 Montreal Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Canadaâs then Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin addressed the gathering by stating climate change is âa global challenge that demands a global response, yet there are nations that resist, voices ...
Colonial Apologies from Canada?
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In a June 11, 2008, national address to the indigenous victims of Canadaâs residential schools, Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized for the governmentâs role and asked âforgiveness of the Aboriginal peoples of this country for failing them so profoundly.âÂ¹ After describing the Residential Schools Settlement ...
American Fuel for a Global Apocalypse
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At the 2005 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Montreal, the Inuit Circumpolar Conference submitted a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that argued the United States is legally responsible for climate changes that are destroying âthe Arctic environmentâ and ...
Making Carbon Confessions to Sedna
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After coming in as the runner-up for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former Vice President Al Gore, the once Inuit Circumpolar Council Chair Sheila Watt-Cloutier stated âthe issue has won and, in fact, our own planet Earth was a winner in all this ...
Conclusion: Our Climatic Challenge
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There is, in his view, a kind of intuitive Silatuniq that the heart can offer our limited knowledge. Such a complementarity of rational and emotive understanding was evident at an Inuit elder conference when participants defined IQ as âusing heart and head together ...
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Page Count: 288
Publication Year: 2011