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Inuit Nunangat: Where Two Worlds Collide (From the Art and Waste in Pannituuq [Pangnirtung] Project)

Inuit Nunangat is a site where differing epistemologies and cosmologies collide. The Arctic waste crisis stems from a culture of wasting that is capitalist and not Inuit. With the delicate Arctic ecosystem degrading due to climate change, escalating resource extraction, the opening of the Northwest Passage, and the expansion of NORAD, unprecedented volumes of waste and contaminants are causing unknowable changes in life, land, sea, and ice. At the intersection of art, politics and activism, the Art and Wastes in Pangnirtung Project challenges assumptions about Inuit and exposes the pervasive nature of settler colonization as the root cause of wastes.
Submission Year: 
Photographer's affiliation: 
Graduate student
Academic areas: 
Arts and Science
Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs
Art of Research categories: 
Partnerships for inclusivity
[Photo of the water and industrial equipment on the bank of Inuit Nunangat]
PhD student/candidate
Faculty of Arts and Science
School of Environmental Studies
School of Graduate Studies
Mobilizing Creativity and Enabling Cultures
Creative Production and Expression
Resurgent Indigenous Research in Local and Global Contexts
Society, Culture and Human Behaviour
Fundamental Principles of Nature: from Discovery to Application and Innovation
Ecology, Biodiversity and the Natural Environment
Sustainability, Environment and Resources
Protecting the Natural Environment
Location of photograph: 
Pannituuq (Pangnirtung), Nunavut
Photographer's name: 
micky renders
Display Photographers Affiltion + Faculty or Department: 
PhD Student, School of Environmental Studies