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Research Activities
The Changing Climate, Changing Health, Changing Stories project was a multi-year community-based capacity-building project situated in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Labrador. It was funded by Health Canada's First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB), with complementary funding from the Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments, from November 2009 - March 2011. The goal of our project was to study the impacts of climate change on human health and well-being in Inuit communities. It is now funded by the Rigolet Inuit Community Government. Specifically, this project utilized participatory community-based digital media, combined with qualitative methods such as interviews, focus groups and surveys, to gather data about climate-health relationships, while simultaneously creating accessible and transferrable educational health media in the form of digital stories.

The overall goal of this proposed project was to further develop individual and collective capacities in Rigolet to understand, identify, adapt to and manage health issues experienced in the community due to changes in climate using digital storytelling methodologies.

In addition to working with community-based participatory media, the Changing Climate, Changing Health, Changing Stories Project is also dedicated to disseminating research results locally, nationally and internationally. Since the inception of the project in 2009, the research team has been busy presenting at conferences in Canada and internationally and writing academic articles and technical reports. Our team also has eight articles in various stages of the peer review process. For more information about these articles, presentations and/or research activities, please contact the Project Co-Directors, Ashlee Cunsolo Willox and Sherilee Harper.

Oral Presentations at Conferences

Cunsolo Willox, A., Harpers, S., Edge, V., Blake, S., Wolfrey, C., and the My Word Team. (forthcoming, January 2011). Changing Climate, Changing Health, Changing Stories: Storytelling, Digital Storytelling and PhotoVoice for Climate-Health Research and Promotion in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Canada. Polar Worlds: Environmental and Social Sciences to Understand Observed Changes, Paris, France.

Harpers, S., Cunsolo Willox, A., Edge, V., Blake, S., Wolfrey, C., and the My Word Team. (September 2010). Changing Climate, Changing Health, Changing Stories: Storytelling, Digital Media, and Health Promotion and Research in Rigolet. Global Health Congress, Vancouver, BC.

Harpers, S., Cunsolo Willox, A., Edge, V., Blake, S., Wolfrey, C., and the My Word Team. (August 2010). 'My Word': Storytelling and Digital Media for Health Promotion and Research in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut. International EcoHealth Conference, London, England.

Wolfrey, C., Wolfrey, D., Cunsolo Willox, A., Harper, S., Edge, V., Blake, S., and the My Word Team. (June 2010). My Word': Storytelling and Digital Media for Health Promotion and Research in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut. Tukisinnik Research Forum, Nain, Nunatsiavut, Labrador.

Harper, S., Cunsolo Willox, A., Edge, V., Blake, S., Wolfrey, C., and the My Word Team. (June 2010). Changing Climate, Changing Health, Changing Stories: Storytelling, Digital Media, and Health Promotion and Research in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut. The International Polar Year Oslo Science conference, Oslo, Norway.

Cunsolo Willox, A., Harpers, S., Edge, V., Blake, S., Wolfrey, C., and the My Word Team. (June 1, 2010). Changing Climate, Changing Health, Changing Stories: Storytelling, Digital Media, and Health Promotion and Research in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut. Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) 2010 Humanities and Social Sciences Congress conference, Concordia University.

Cunsolo Willox, A. (May 31, 2010). 'My Word': Using Storytelling and Digital Media for Climate-Health Research. Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) 2010 Humanities and Social Sciences Congress conference, Concordia University.

Edge, V., Harpers, S., Cunsolo Willox, A., Blake, S., Wolfrey, C., and the My Word Team. (April, 2010). 'My Word': Storytelling and Digital Media for Health Promotion and Research in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut. McGill Global Health Conference, McGill University.

Poster Presentations

MacDonald, J., Cunsolo Willox, A., Harper, S., Edge, V., and the Rigolet Inuit Community Government. (August 2010). A Necessary Voice: Climate Change Observations and Perspectives from Inuit Youth in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Canada. International EcoHealth Conference, London, England.

Langstaff, L., Harper, S., Cunsolo Willox, A., Edge, V., and the Rigolet Inuit Community Government. (August 2010). Livelihoods in Transitions: Socio-Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Canada. International EcoHealth Conference, London, England.
Cunsolo Willox, A., Harper, S., Edge, V., Blake, S., Wolfrey, C., and the My Word Team. (June 2010). Changing Climate, Changing Health, Changing Stories: A Capacity Development Approach to Community-Based Participatory Climate-Health Adaptation Research in Nunatsiavut, Canada. Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) 2010 Humanities and Social Sciences Congress conference, Concordia University.

MacDonald, J., Cunsolo Willox, A., Harper, S., Edge, V., and the Rigolet Inuit Community Government. (June 2010). A Necessary Voice: Considering Climate Change through the Lived Experience of Inuit Youth in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Canada. Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) 2010 Humanities and Social Sciences Congress conference, Concordia University.

Langstaff, L., Harper, S., Cunsolo Willox, A., Edge, V., and the Rigolet Inuit Community Government. (June 2010). Livelihoods in Transitions: Socio-Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut. Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) 2010 Humanities and Social Sciences Congress conference, Concordia University.

Cunsolo Willox, A., Harper, S., Edge, V., Blake, S., Wolfrey, C., and the My Word Team. (April 2010). Changing Climate, Changing Health, Changing Stories: A Capacity Development Approach to Community-Based Participatory Climate-Health Adaptation Research in Nunatsiavut, Canada. Changing Climate, Changing Health, Changing Stories. Research Symposium. Guelph, ON.

Langstaff, L., Harper, S., Cunsolo Willox, A., Edge, V., and the Rigolet Inuit Community Government. (April 2010). Livelihoods in Transitions: Socio-Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut. Changing Climate, Changing Health, Changing Stories. Research Symposium. Guelph, ON.

MacDonald, J., Cunsolo Willox, A., Harper, S., Edge, V., and the Rigolet Inuit Community Government. (April 2010). A Necessary Voice: Considering Climate Change through the Lived Experience of Inuit Youth in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Canada. Changing Climate, Changing Health, Changing Stories. Research Symposium. Guelph, ON.
 
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