Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


april 7, 2001 - Issue 33



Elders Pass on Message of Climate Change


by CBC North

CAMBRIDGE BAY, NUNAVUT - Elders in Nunavut are hoping their stories about global warming will win over world leaders. Elders from across the territory met in Cambridge Bay for a conference on global warming late last week.

There were many stories told about new insects they've never seen before, or how the winds are so strong now they're knocking over cabins.

One elder said the the weather is so unpredictable now, Inuit will have to prepare for the future as Noah did for the flood.

To the head of the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, the stories are proof governments around the world must live up to the Kyoto agreement. "They will have to somewhere along the line, because it's a matter of survival," says Jose Kusugak.

He says Inuit may have to sway public opinion, before government leaders are convinced of the problem. Documenting the elders' stories, and passing them on to scientists and government, are part of the plan to do that.

Just last week, United States President George W. Bush withdrew from the Kyoto agreement, much to the dismay of the other member countries.

Kyoto Protocol




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