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Ian Mauro

Filmmaker and environmental scientist Ian Mauro has spent a decade living in Inuit communities across Nunavut, studying traditional knowledge. His research is community based, recording individual stories and experiences on film and making the videos available over the Internet to interested audiences, both indigenous and non-indigenous. For Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change, Mauro teamed up with filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (Inuit) to interview Native community elders about the changes they perceive in the environment. With Dr. Stephane McLachlan, Mauro has also explored the topic of genetically modified crops from the point of view of Canada’s farmers, and founded Dead Crow Productions, a production company specializing in educational and research documentaries on social justice, environmental, and agricultural issues.

Mauro has a Ph.D. in environmental studies from the University of Manitoba and is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Victoria. He has recently been appointed to one of Canada’s most prestigious academic positions, a Canada Research Chair, specializing in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. With funding support from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Mauro plans to make Mount Allison a national center for human-focused, multi-media research on the environment by creating a new social sciences and video research facility called the Human Dimensions Lab.

Work featured: Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change