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People of the Ice

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For over 4 000 years, the Inuit have lived in harmony with their Arctic environment. In this frozen landscape, survival depends on a deep understanding of the natural world.

Today, global warming threatens the very nature of their habitat. As the ice disappears, so does the Inuit culture it is intimately connected to. Ever-changing temperatures have even made predicting the Arctic climate difficult. Will this extraordinarily resilient people be able to adjust to such dramatic change?

People of the Ice looks at climate change through the eyes of Inuit from several generations. Sheila Watts-Cloutier, president of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, also weighs in on the issue. In Cloutier's view, as the planet heats up, the Inuit must draw on their ancient traditions to survive.

Arctic Mission is a collection of five documentary films that explore the impact of global warming on Canada's North.

2003, 52 min

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