This is Our Arctic

Lauren Williams by B

Lauren Williams by Brittany Holliss

NEXT TORONTO MEETING: Wed, November 25, 2015.
This is our Arctic – Lauren Williams


Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts with Combined Honours in English and Contemporary Studies from University of King’s College and Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. Currently, she is the Collections Manager at the Museum of Inuit Art (MIA). She likes to think outside of the archival box when it comes to engaging the public with museum collections.

What does climate change look like in Canada’s Arctic Circle? Most Canadians, and even most northerners, never get the chance to find out. This Is Our Arctic invites you to discover what climate change in the Arctic looks like through the eyes of local youth.

The public is welcome.  Please click “Continue reading” for date, time and directions.

BYTE Empowering Youth travelled to the Arctic communities of Old Crow and Inuvik in early October 2013 and in January 2015 to connect with local youth. In each community, they ran a three-day workshop on climate change and photography with local youth. After spending time chatting about climate change and photocomposition, they handed cameras to the youth and asked them to take photos of climate change in their communities. The results are highlighted in the exhibition This is our Arctic.


Our vice-president, Ashley Cook is on the staff of the MIA and she offers these directions and advice: The museum is located at 207 Queens Quay West, INSIDE Queens Quay Terminal (QQT). Attendees can look for the Sobey grocery store signs that face onto Queen Quay West from the Terminal. The museum is on the first floor, facing the water (aka the opposite side of the building to  Sobey).

QQT does NOT have any parking. The nearest parking is at the Harbourfront Centre which is at Queens Quay West and Lower Simcoe St. It is a paid, underground lot and a 3-5 minute walk to the museum. There are 2 other Green P lots along Queens Quay West.

I would highly recommend taking public transit to the museum. From Union station you can either walk south about 10 minutes to the lake, or take the 510 or 509 streetcars to the “Queens Quay West at Harbourfront Centre” stop. They will see the QQT from the stop if they look south towards the water.

The meeting will start at 7pm, with general announcements and then the Talk/exhibition tour.

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