ILLUSTRATION & LETTERING

INUVIALUIT CLIMATE CHANGE VOCABULARY

Sheena Adams works in the Canadian north for the Arctic Energy Alliance, a non-profit working towards reducing the environmental impacts of energy production in the Northwest Territories. Inuvialuit communities don’t have many words in their languages for climate change vocabulary - until recently. Over several days, Sheena worked with elders from 5 regions to create 186 terms in three dialects related to renewable energy. As part of the project, she asked for visual representations of a selection of words for their communication materials.

Read more about Sheena’s work on the Smithsonian website.


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These images were water-coloured and content selected based on suggestions from the team. Vocabulary was hand lettered and checked by the community for accuracy.


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About 20 percent of roughly 3,100 Inuvialuit people speak this language conversationally today, with most also speaking English. This means the project has twin goals: to draw attention to renewable energy options, as well as to help revitalize a declining language
— Sheena Adams, Arctic Energy Alliance (from the Smithsonian article)