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People of the Ice ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB520795
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Jean Lemire, Éric Michel, Colette Loumède, Stéphane Millière
Directors:  Jean Lemire, Carlos Ferrand
Producing Agencies:  Gedeon Programmes (Saint-Quen),National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal),Productions Glacialis Inc. (Iles de la Madeleine),Productions Glacialis Inc. (Îles-de-la-Madeleine)
Subject:  Documentary, Environmental Studies, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Physical Geography, Social Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2003
Running Time:  52m
Closed Captions:  Yes

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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.

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