• Inuusivut

    uploaded by: Qajaaq Ellsworth

    The Inuusivut Project is a national initiative of the Embrace Life Council and the National Inuit Youth Council. The primary objective of the project is to learn, document and share - through a variety of multi-media techniques - how Inuit perceive, express, develop, foster and promote mental health.… Read more

    uploaded date: 04-02-2010

  • Media

    uploaded by: Qajaaq Ellsworth

    channel: Inuusivut

    Increasing Youth Capacity to Promote Mental Health Issues

    One of the main objectives of the Inuusivut project is to increase community capacity to promote mental health.

    Read more

    uploaded date: 30-06-2009

  • Partners

    uploaded by: Qajaaq Ellsworth

    channel: Inuusivut

    Partners and supporters of Inuusivut

    Inuusivut partners provide direction, feedback and support to the project, ensuring its success.

    Embrace Life Council

    The Embrace Life Council is administering the Inuusivut Project.  Established in 2003, the Embrace Life Council works to support and encourage Nunavummiut to value life.

    Read more

    uploaded date: 30-06-2009

  • Donate

    uploaded by: Qajaaq Ellsworth

    channel: Inuusivut

    Volunteer Donate Contribute Share Help

    The Inuusivut project operates thanks to a 2.5 year (ending March, 2010) contribution from Health Canada’s First Nations & Inuit Health Branch. Funding is also raised through other sources on a project by project basis to cover project expenses.

    Read more

    uploaded date: 30-06-2009

  • Contact

    uploaded by: Qajaaq Ellsworth

    channel: Inuusivut

    Your input, comments and questions are welcome!

    To contact Inuusivut:

    Phone: 867.979.1973
    Fax: 867.975.3234


    PO Box 2259
    Iqaluit, Nunavut

    Read more

    uploaded date: 12-05-2009

Have high-speed internet? Switch to High-Speed

Videos load too SLOW? Switch to Low-Speed

Silent film on climate change


22 November 2009


Check out this amazing silent film called "Speaking out on climate change". In the tradition of Buster Keaton-style black and white slapstick comedy, this piece by Pangnirtung's Julie Alivaktuk brilliantly pokes fun at the very serious issue of climate change and how it affects Arctic ecosystems and Inuit people.

This film was developed with Julie over a ten-day period while Qajaaq Ellsworth, Stacey Aglok MacDonald and myself were in Pangnirtung to carryout youth-focused climate change video work. Through their Inuusivut project (, which promotes video production as a technique for suicide prevention and community building, Qajaaq and Stacey had trained and helped Julie to make other films. When we arrived in town this time, Julie was very focused and knew exactly how she wanted to approach a climate change film, and this is the end product.

As I mentioned in a previous blog, I think that the approach of making a silent film called "Speaking out on climate change" is a savy political commentary about the reality that indigenous people - particularly indigenous youth - have a muted voice in the cacaphony of business, government and environmental perspectives loudly heard in the news. Hopefully Julie's film sheds some - black and white - light on the need to hear young Inuit perspectives on climate change.

Filmmaker: Julie Alivaktuk

Filmmaker Contact:

Producer's Name: Igloolik Isuma Productions and Innusivut

Year of Production: 2009

Country: Canada

Region: Baffin Island

See more


11m 1s

More from this channel: Inuusivut