traditional knowledge

Land Use and Adaptation

Indigenous peoples’ resilience is rooted in traditional knowledge and their deep understanding of the land.

For indigenous peoples, resilience is rooted in traditional knowledge, as their capacity to adapt to environmental change is based first and foremost on in-depth understanding of the land.

As climate change increasingly impacts indigenous landscapes, communities are responding and adapting in unique ways.

United Nations University (2012)


Traditional Knowledge & Climate Science

Video Series where Science and Traditional Knowledge meet to respond to climate change.

With deep connections to nature, the world's indigenous people and local communities are experiencing some of the most pronounced effects of climate change. This video series focuses on some of the key links between traditional knowledge and science regarding climate change.

Video sub-titles are also available in Spanish, French, Portuguese and Russian

Zacharias Kunuk’s visit to Arviat (Nunavut) May 25 - 31, 2015

Meetings with Arviat Film Society (ArviatTV) and fishing at Maguse Lake, hunting guide Billy Ukutak, was an excellent guide, he made pancake breakfast for Zach, and hosted Zach and Eric Anoee (Arviat Film Society) in his cabin and took Zach to the hunting grounds. Zach caught Lake Trout, Arctic Char, and caribou.



Qimaivvik program showing 3 different segments from Baffin and Kivalliq and Kitikmeot on Inuit traditional knowledge.

1- IBC Igloolik interviewed Cecilia Angotialuk from Naujaat singing ajaja and explaining how her mother use to make the songs and the meaning 3 x pisiq (song)

ᓇᓂᓯᓂᖅ - Nanisiniq: A Journey of Discovery

Beginning in 2010 in Arviat Nunavut, the Nanisiniq Arviat History Project is a multi-media history project which brings together Inuit youth and Elders to re-discover Inuit history.

Ningiura (My Grandmother/Ma grand-mère)

DURATION: 29 min
GENRE: Docu-drama
FORMAT: Video (colour)
LANGUAGE: Inuktitut, Eng/Fr s-t
DIRECTORS: Mary Kunuk, Marie-Helene Cousineau
PRODUCER: Arnait Video Productions
SOUND: Pacome Qudlaut
CAMERA: Marie Helene Cousineau
SCRIPT WRITER: Mary Kunuk, Marie-Helene Cousineau
EDITOR: Marie-Christine Sarda
CAST/PERFORMERS: Rachel Uyarasuk, Sylvia Ivalu, Charlie Qulitalik, Marie David
FUNDING: Telefilm Canada, ATPN, Channel 24, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec
SELECTED SCREENINGS: APTN (Canada), Channel 24 (Igloolik), ImagineNative Film Festival (Toronto, 2001: Best Video), Native Americain Film and Video Festival (New-York, 2003)


Ningiura is an experimental fiction based on authentic oral histories, traditional knowledge and contemporary reality of Igloolik today.

An elder and her grand-daughter get to know and appreciate each other after a family tragedy.


Can REDD forests ever become green? Social and other safeguards are needed if REDD initiatives are to cut GHG emissions while doing no harm and benefiting indigenous peoples.

Deforestation, especially of tropical forests, makes up 18 percent of annual global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions — more emissions than the entire global transportation sector.

REDD initiatives aim to reduce GHG emissions by assigning forests a monetary value based on their capacity to absorb and store atmospheric carbon. REDD+ initiatives attempt to incorporate additional sources of forest value, such as ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation, and local livelihoods.

Both REDD and REDD+ approaches feed into carbon markets that are supposed to generate significant financial flows from companies with high degrees of GHG emissions in developed countries toward less polluting, carbon-neutral or carbon-negative activities in developing countries.

United Nations University (2012) 


Energy innovation and traditional knowledge: Renewables-based energy sovereignty can revitalize indigenous communities while mitigating climate change impacts.

The growing awareness of the reality of climate change and its accompanying impacts and risks is causing many to rethink current energy policies and to reconsider the reliance on conventional energy sources that have contributed to creating the global climate crisis.

Although many countries are looking toward low-carbon technologies and clean, renewable energy sources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fossil fuels are still our primary energy source, as illustrated in BP’s 2012 Statistical Review of World Energy.

United Nations Univeristy (2012) 


Sea Level Rise in Kowanyama

Inherkowinginambana, from Kowanyama - a coastal Aboriginal community in tropical Queensland, Australia - works with other local elders to protect Aboriginal country and culture.

“When that whole ocean comes and rises up, where are we going to go?” ponders Inherkowinginambana. “Every year it (the tide) comes in, it goes a bit further up once it hits the swamps, that will kill all the plant life, and the waterways.” As a traditional knowledge coordinator, Inherkowinginambana travels with the local rangers and various traditional owners to visit different cultural sites that are being rapidly changed by saltwater rise.

United Nations University (2012)

A Place to Feed: Shepherds Family and Pasture Loss

Kyrgyzstan shepherd Dootkasy and his wife Anarkul share their family's observations and traditional adaptations to a changing climate in highland pastures of Kyrgyzstan's Tian Shan Mountains.

United Nations University (2012)

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