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On the Arctic Shores Still from Happening to Us, courtesy of Maeva Gauthier

On the Arctic Shores

The voices and feelings of Inuit youth take centre stage in a new project about climate change.

From the air, Tuktoyaktuk looks like a paper-thin slice of land floating steadily in the Arctic Ocean. The Northwest Territories hamlet is home to about a thousand residents, the majority of whom are Inuit. They live in colourful houses pressed up against the coast, surrounded by little lakes and short tundra shrubs. In the winter, when temperatures can dip below -30 degrees, the community becomes brilliantly white, coated in snow and ice. The swathe of terrain appears to be calm and solid. But if you visit the coast, you’ll see signs that the ocean has been swallowing parts of the land whole.

Each year, Tuktoyaktuk loses about a metre of shoreline due to erosion from waves and storms. This erosion has worsened as local sea levels rise due to climate change. As the planet heats up, glaciers and ice sheets melt; the ocean also warms, causing seawater to become ...

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