Transcript: Climate Watch Shorts: Georgina Island First Nation | Sep 27, 2016

The opening slate shows a spinning black globe against
a white cloudy sky and a caption in red and gray reads "tvo Climate Watch."
(Theme music plays)

Against a background of a tree-lined lakeside road, a woman
faces the camera. She is in her thirties with curly brown hair
in a large bob, and wears glasses. A caption reads "Nam Kiwanuka,
Climate Watch Shorts host."

Nam says WELCOME TO CLIMATE
WATCH SHORTS,
WHERE WE EXAMINE
THE LOCAL IMPACT
OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
THE CHIPPEWAS OF GEORGINA
ISLAND IN LAKE SIMCOE
HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THEIR
CLIMATE PLAN FOR YEARS.
TO GET THERE, THEY
DID WHAT EVERY CHILD
IS TOLD TO DO: THEY
LISTENED TO THEIR ELDERS.

A clip shows a forested bay in the evening, railed off with a handrail,
with waves lapping on a beach. A caption reads "Georgina Island Climate
Adaptation."
Native percussion music and song is heard. Another caption at the
lower left reads "Georgina Island, Ontario."
[drumming and singing]

A white slate slides in from the right and occupies half the screen.
It reads "The Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation embarked on
a three-year project in 2012, to understand climate change and its
effects on the Lake Simcoe community. They're looking at its impact
on the lake, native plant species, wildlife and infrastructure. The
most profound effect is on the ice road."

A man with gray hair in his seventies wearing a red windcheater and a
baseball cap and glasses speaks. A caption reads "Andrew Big Canoe,
Georgina Island Elder."

Andrew says WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT
GLOBAL WARMING,
A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T BELIEVE
IT, BUT IT'S HAPPENING.
WHEN I WAS A KID, WE
USED TO BE ABLE
TO CROSS ON THE ICE.
IN THE FIRST WEEK IN
DECEMBER, I CAN REMEMBER
DRIVING ACROSS IN A CAR,
PROBABLY 'TIL MID MARCH.
NOW, EVEN THE BAY THE
BIG LAKE DON'T FREEZE
UNTIL AFTER JANUARY 1ST.
OUR FERRY BOAT RAN PRETTY
WELL ALL LAST WINTER.

The ferry boat appears, with waves splashing over it. A woman in her forties
with long black hair speaks. A caption reads "Kerry-Ann Charles, Environmental
Coordinator."

Kerry-Ann says WITH THIS PROJECT, IT'S
BASED ON THE TRADITIONAL
ECOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE
OF THE COMMUNITY.
AND THE CHANGES THAT
THE COMMUNITY HAS SEEN
OVER TIME, AND A LOT OF
THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE DONE
THE T.D.K. SURVEYS IT WASN'T
REALLY BEING RELATED
TO CLIMATE CHANGE;
IT WAS JUST SORT OF
WHAT THEY'VE SEEN... THE CHANGES
OVER TIME.
AND THEN USING THAT
INFORMATION, AND LOOKING AT
THE SCIENTIFIC SIDE
OF "OKAY, WELL,
THIS IS CLIMATE CHANGE
AND THOSE CHANGES
THAT YOU'VE SEEN
FROM 30 YEARS AGO
'TIL NOW, HOW IS
THAT RELATED?"

A woman in her fifties with long black hair speaks. A caption reads "Heather
Charles, Climate Change Community Advisory Committee."

Heather says I HEARD A BIOLOGIST
WHO'S FIRST NATION
SPEAK ABOUT THAT.
AND HOW PEOPLE DON'T KNOW
THE NAMES OF PLANTS,
EVEN ANIMAL SPECIES,
BUT WE ALL RECOGNIZE
ALL THESE CORPORATE
LOGOS IN AN INSTANT.
INSIDE I WAS JUST
SAYING TO KERRY-ANN
A LOT OF PEOPLE
DON'T EVEN KNOW
THE DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN TREES.

Kerry-Ann says BEING ABLE TO DO A
PROJECT LIKE THIS
WHERE IT'S COMING
FROM THE COMMUNITY
AND IT'S BEING
PROACTIVE, IT'S HUGE.
IT'S HUGE FOR
OUR COMMUNITY,
BECAUSE WE'RE ACTUALLY
BEING ABLE TO FORECAST
AND MITIGATE ISSUES
WITHIN THE COMMUNITY
THAT MIGHT TURN OUT
TO BE HUGE ISSUES
IF WE DON'T LOOK
AT THEM NOW.

Heather says YOU BECOME DISCONNECTED AND
IF YOU'RE DISCONNECTED
YOU DON'T REALLY
BECOME AWARE.
AND IF YOU'RE NOT AWARE,
HOW CAN YOU CARE?

(music plays)
Against the handrail and the lake, a half-screen white slate reads
"Because of its success, the community is now advising other First Nations
on climate change planning. On the island itself, residents are learning
how to cope with specific climate-related probems such as unreliable
lake ice."

A woman in her sixties with gray hair and glasses speaks. A caption reads
"Ellie Big Canoe, Climate Change Community Advisory Committee."

Wearing a worried expression as she grips an imaginary steering wheel,
Ellie says WELL, YOU DRIVE LIKE
THIS - EEEEEH -
YOU PRETTY MUCH
DRIVE LIKE THAT.
A LOT OF THE GIRLS WILL
TELL YOU, YOU SCREAM
THE FIRST TIME ALL
THE WAY OVER.
AHHHH!
YOU JUST PRAY THAT
YOU DON'T GO IN.

A white station wagon that fell through the ice stands in the lake, up to
its doors in the water.
(Dramatic music plays)

Clips show winter scenes with other vehicles stranded in the lake.

Ellie continues IT'S GOTTEN
TOUGHER FOR US.
WHEREAS BEFORE YOU'D
JUST GO OFF THE SHORE
AND RIGHT OVER.
NOW, THERE'S
CRACKS COMING IN.
YEAH, PEOPLE DON'T MOVE
AS FAST AS WE USED TO.

A woman in her forties with short dark hair and glasses speaks, A caption
reads "Cassandra Charles-Assance, climate Change Community Advisory
Committee."

Cassandra says YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO THINK
SEVEN GENERATIONS AHEAD
AND SEVEN
GENERATIONS BEHIND
AND THAT'S WHAT I
FEEL LIKE I'M DOING.

(music plays)

The tvo.org-climatewatch logo appears over a white cloudy sky.

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