The Arctic is warming double the global average, decreasing sea ice, making it easier to access and extract mineral and oil resources from the region, and this cumulative climatic and economic change has significant human and environmental health implications for Inuit and their communities. In Nunavut, the proposed Baffinland Iron Mine, at the site of Mary River, is one of the largest industrial developments ever conceived for the Arctic, and will involve year-round shipping of ore across sensitive permafrost, marine ecosystems and regions of cultural significance that have and continue to be used by Inuit. Using a new generation of GPS-enabled cameras, the Our Baffinland project explores Inuit knowledge regarding mining, and spatially locates a walrus and caribou hunting expedition and associated interviews with elders across this landscape. This digital media consultation and monitoring initiative highlights the complexities of “Arctic Development”.
This project will be featured in an ipad version in the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and is a preview of the website-in-progress. The fully interactive Our Baffinland atlas will be available online at www.isuma.tv/ourbaffinland in early 2014.