The Class of Ice and Snow

The Problem

The Class of Ice and Snow focuses on the social problems currently affecting the Inuit of Canada. The hindrances of addictions, child abuse, poverty and domestic violence affect all aspects of life in Nunavut. I hope to provide insight into how the relatively recent colonization of northern communities has affected one of the oldest surviving aboriginal cultures, with a particular focus on the youth.

Plan of Action

The Class of Ice and Snow is a film that addresses the social problems currently plaguing Inuit youth and provides an empathetic look at the people behind the statistics. For thousands of generations Inuit have survived in one of the harshest climates in the world, moving from place to place in search of food and demonstrating great ingenuity, creativity and an ability to solve problems. Unfortunately, the effects of colonization and massive social upheaval have torn at the fabric of all aspects of Inuit culture. The victims are the youth who have one of the highest suicide rates of any group in Canada, many of whom are kept from rising to their potential. I am originally from the small community of Igloolik but I grew up in Iqaluit, Nunavut and am saddened by the statistics that affect my friends, relatives and former classmates. I am currently studying film at Ryerson University and plan to return to Iqaluit in order to track down my friends and document their stories in film. My goal is to show the potential of Inuit youth on my way to investigating whether or not statistics are a truthful representation of life in today’s Arctic. The film will seek to provide a more human and complex perspective of reality.

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