Yvonne Dudock (journalist, researcher and producer), Nicole Franken (photographer, researcher and producer), Tom Van Cakenberghe (cinematographer), Eline Prins (cinematographer) and Marco Prins (cinematographer). Together we highlight the unseen and focus on a corner of the world that most of us are hardly aware of.
After centuries of colonization, oppression, discrimination and forced assimilation, indigenous people are facing climate change and globalization. Through the project Indigenous People Today, we investigate these effects on indigenous peoples, their ways of life and unique cultures.
We focus on communities in the northern hemisphere, living in arctic or high-altitude areas. For example, global warming is changing the landscape and ecosystem in which they live drastically and they are facing major challenges. Not only is their food supply under pressure, but so is their emotional and spiritual bond with nature.
Through this multimedia project, which is being published in a series of reports and videos in newspaper Trouw, MO* magazine and Internazionale, we show the daily, harsh reality.
The communities we included in our series are the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nations (Old Crow, Yukon, Canada), the Sami (Ammarnäs, Lapland, Sweden), the Inuit (Oqaatsut, Greenland), the Khalkhas (Töw Province, Mongolia) and the Loba (Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang, Nepal).
“The Chinese, the people in Europe and America are the major polluters. They cause climate change. Not us. As a result, it will become much warmer all over the world, but especially here in Greenland. For that reason I will soon no longer be able to ice fish, no longer sled with the dogs, no longer hunt for my food.” – Malik Olsvig (10), Greenland.
“Floods and landslides are becoming more frequent, taking the fertile soil and crops with them. Due to the relatively short season, we only have one harvest per year, which is getting smaller and smaller. The land simply does not produce enough to provide for our livelihood.” – Lhakpa Wangdu, Nepal.
“We have been noticing the effects of climate change for more than fifteen years and hardly anyone listens to us. We are an indigenous people, a minority, and if we disappear there is no one left to understand and protect nature. That is a hard fact, not only here in Sweden, but all over the world.” – Marja Skum, Sweden.