The Changing Climate, Changing Health, Changing Stories project was a multi-year community-based capacity-building project situated in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Labrador. It was funded by Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB), with complementary funding from the Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments, from November 2009 – March 2011. The goal of our project was to study the impacts of climate change on human health and well-being in Inuit communities. It is now funded by the Rigolet Inuit Community Government. Specifically, this project utilized participatory community-based digital media, combined with qualitative methods such as interviews, focus groups and surveys, to gather data about climate-health relationships, while simultaneously creating accessible and transferable educational health media in the form of digital stories.
The overall goal of this project was to further develop individual and collective capacities in Rigolet to understand, identify, adapt to and manage health issues experienced in the community due to changes in climate using digital storytelling methodologies.
The Rigolet digital stories have been made available to the Arctic Health Website, both through the Rigolet site and via digital media that is not available on the site and which we plan to stream, allowing peoples throughout the arctic to have access.