Arctic Journalisms, Civic Spaces, and Indigenous Publics

Mon, Nov 5, 2018, 4:30 pm

Mobilizing Indigenous experiences with and narratives about climate change through various media provides important insight for broad global publics about what it means to live with climate change both in the observable present and the predicted future. Representing and reporting on diverse indigenous peoples, however, can be extremely challenging given that mainstream media narratives have often tended to reproduce stereotypes, ignore Indigenous knowledges, erase the ongoing impacts of colonialism, and/or frame indigenous people as proxies, victims, or heroes. Drawing on research related to media in and about the Canadian Arctic, this talk examines how and where journalism might contribute to communal resilience, historical understandings of adaptation and climatic shifts, and reflect robust civic spaces and imaginations among global and regional audiences that include Indigenous publics.

2018-19 Pathy Distinguished Visitor in Canadian Studies Candis Callison is associate professor, Graduate School of Journalism, University of British Columbia. Her research and teaching crosses the fields of environment, journalism, and media studies, with a focus on the role of social movements in public discourse through science and technology, anthropology, and Indigenous studies.