Dylan presents at Northern, Rural, and Remote Health Conference

2017 October 16

Dylan Clark recently presented at the Northern, Rural, and Remote Health conference in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. The conference was affiliated with the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health, and was a forum for knowledge sharing among the Indigenous populations, Northerners, healthcare professionals, and researchers in attendance. Dylan and Taha Tabish, of Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, gave a presentation on their ongoing research into the use of UAVs (drones) for search and rescue and hazard identification in Arctic communities. Dylan will be traveling to Iqaluit at the end of October to conduct additional testing.

Camila receives 2017 IDRC Doctoral Research Award

2017 October 12

Congratulations to Camila for recently securing an IDRC Doctoral Research Award for her upcoming fieldwork in Lima, Peru. She will be examining urban adaptive capacity to climate change threats to water security, using Lima as a case study. Her work will take place in two phases. First, she will conduct a city level qualitative characterization of residents’ adaptive capacity. Second, she will undertake a quantitative comparison of adaptive capacity and behavior of residents in six different neighborhoods. Camila looks forward to tackling this work starting in 2018.

Climatic Change and the Fate of Traditional Territories in the Arctic and Tropics

2017 October 10

Lab member Nathan recently wrote about lessons learned and ideas brainstormed during the Rovaniemi-Finland Conference. Held in late August, the theme of the conference was Arctic Change – Global Challenge: Workshop for Emerging Leaders.

Click here to read Nathan’s conference reflections published in the German Marshall Fund.

Conference members, with Nathan in the top left.

Representation of Indigenous peoples in climate change reporting

2017 October 4

Belfer, E., Ford, J.D. & Maillet, M. (2017) Representation of Indigenous peoples in climate change reporting. Climatic Change. OpenAccess. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-017-2076-z

This article examines how newspapers reporting on climate change have covered and framed Indigenous peoples. Focusing on eight newspapers in Canada, the USA, Australia, and New Zealand, we examine articles published from 1995 to 2015, and analyze them using content and framing analyses. The impacts of climate change are portrayed as having severe ecological, sociocultural, and health/safety impacts for Indigenous peoples, who are often framed as victims and “harbingers” of climate change. There is a strong focus on stories reporting on the Arctic. The lack of substantive discussion of colonialism or marginalization in the reviewed stories limits media portrayal of the structural roots of vulnerability, rendering climate change as a problem for, rather than of society. Indigenous and traditional knowledge is widely discussed, but principally as a means of corroborating scientific knowledge, or in accordance with romanticized portrayals of Indigenous peoples. Widespread disparities in the volume, content, and framing of coverage are also observed across the four nations.


Camila returns from Lima, Peru

2017 September 25

Camila Florez recently returned from a month of field work in Lima, Peru. Camila met with various stakeholders to discuss the status of climate change and water governance in Lima. More specifically she went to learn about the impacts of El Nino that affected the city earlier this year. The stakeholders she met with include representatives from local and national governments, NGOs, research institutions and the local water utility. 

Rubble left by the recent El Nino near Lima, Peru.