As part of the activities of the UArctic Thematic Network on Local-scale Planning, Climate Change and Resilience, Maéva Gauthier (University of Victoria) will share highlights of her research which is using participatory video to engage Inuvialuit youth on global environmental changes. Her presentation will focus on doing research in a northern context, using Community-based Research (CBR) and Participatory Approaches with a focus on Arts-based Approaches such as Participatory Video, Photovoice, and Participatory Mapping, as well as ethical considerations. She will share some of the Challenges and Impacts of CBR and participatory approaches.

Finally, we will have a screening of the short film “Happening to Us” that the Inuvialuit youth has created as part of the participatory video process of Maeva’s research. They presented their film at COP25 and remotely at COP26. You can see the trailer here.

Welcome remarks and session moderation will be provided by Jeff Birchall (University of Alberta), Thematic Network Lead. This session is supported by the Geography and Planning Students’ Society and the School of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Alberta.

1:00 - 1:05 Welcome remarks
1:05 - 1:15 Research context and objectives
1:15 - 1:40 Community-based research (approach, challenges, impacts)
1:40 - 1:45 Short break
1:45 - 2:10 Film screening: “Happening to Us”
2:10 - 2:30 Audience questions

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Maeva Gauthier’s Bio
Maeva is a PhD Candidate in the Geography Department at the University of Victoria. Prior to her PhD, she completed a Masters in Marine Ecology (UVic) and a BSc in Biology (UQAM). She uses participatory video as a tool to engage Arctic communities around issues such as plastics in the environment and climate change. Her research amplifies Indigenous youth voices from the North to address their concerns regarding social and environmental justice. She is actively involved in the Community-based Research Laboratory and works with the UNESCO Chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education. She is also a member of the UArctic Thematic Network on Local-Scale Planning, Climate Change and Resilience.