Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada works to increase greater awareness of the needs of Inuit women and advocates for equality and social improvement. Pauktuutit leads and supports Inuit women in Canada in policy development and community projects in all areas of interest to them for the social, cultural, political and economic betterment of the women, their families and communities.
Celebrating their 25th Anniversary in March 2009, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada held their Annual General Meeting in Iqaluit.
The AGM was a perfect time to facilitate and film a national dialogue on the impact of climate change as Inuit women from across Inuit Nunangat (the four Inuit landclaim regions) were in attendance. The Pauktuutit AGM plenary was filmed participating in a workshop which introduced concepts/definitions of climate change and human health which then broke up into small groups which reported back to the main group.
Throughout the Annual General Meeting a small conference room (called “Speakers Corner”) was available for individuals to go and speak to the camera about their thoughts/experiences of climate change. Also, a visit and conversation on the changing climate with a local female Inuk hunter who was preparing a skin was filmed.
Filming was performed by the Iqaluit based film crew from Inuit Broadcasting Corporation.
The wide ranging discussions depicted (albeit briefly) in the final DVD covered food security, adapting traditional food preparation, traditional knowledge and activities such as harvesting and clothing production as well as recommendations for future research.