The Changing Climate, Changing Health, Changing Stories project was a community-led, capacity-building research project situated in the Inuit community of Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Labrador. Directed by the Rigolet Inuit Community Government, and funded by Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (with complementary funding from the Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments, and the Nunatsiavut Department of Health and Social Development), this multi-year project examined the impacts of climate change on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being.
Using a transdisciplinary approach that united social science researchers, epidemiologists, and community researchers, this project used qualitative methods (in-depth interviews, focus groups, a population survey, and a community-wide questionnaire) and digital media (digital storytelling and PhotoVoice) to engage the community in climate-health research and to create locally-appropriate health media.
Through this project, I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with an amazing group of people: Sherilee Harper (my fellow Co-Director), Dr. Victoria Edge (research advisor extraordinaire), Charlotte Wolfrey (AngajukKâk of Rigolet), Sarah Blake (Rigolet Town Manager), and the My Word Storytelling Team, and numerous people from the wonderful community of Rigolet.
Role: Co-Director and Co-Principal Investigator
To find out more about the research emergent from this project, please visit the Publications and Conferences pages of this website. To view a poster providing an overview of the project, please click here: Changing Climate Poster ICASS 2011 Final 1
To view a conference presentation from June 2011, please click here: Storytelling in a Digital Age_Cunsolo Willox et al. IASSA 2011.
To view some of the wonderful stories created as part of this project, please click here, or view one of the over 30 stories created below. Individually, the stories created through this project represent poignant personal narratives and observations; collectively, they weave together a rich tapestry of experiences and wisdom that attempt to redefine the borders between science and stories, humans and landscapes. Enjoy!