The Inuit and Self-Determination

This paper examines the coming together of dispersed Inuit communities in their efforts to achieve self-determination and livelihood security. It highlights one aspect of the movement – the fight against unbridled climate change in the Arctic and its impact on traditional livelihoods. This is a people’s movement that is made highly complex given the dispersed and overall low population, transnational boundaries of Inuit peoples, and petitions/appeals made to national and international bodies that fall outside the boundaries of one or all of the petitioning groups. In less than a single decade, there has been an evolution from petitions that were supported by Inuit hunters and elders living on the land to youth activists who are using social media to connect and share across the huge region they inhabit. Siila Watt-Cloutier, a strong woman leader, has been at the forefront of the climate change movement, and her contribution is examined through the lens of self-determination and livelihoods. Download 104K PDF