Organized by BYTE, This is Our Arctic is a photographic exhibit showcasing the effects of climate change in the Arctic Circle as witnessed and captured by the youth of Inuvik and Old Crow. From January 10th until February, 1st.

In early October 2013, the BYTE team visited the arctic communities of Old Crow, Yukon and Inuvik, NWT to talk to local youth about climate change and teach them about photographic techniques. The youth (aged between 10 and 16 years old) then used cameras to capture evidence of the changing climate in their communities.

Climate change is taking place in the Arctic Circle at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the world. From dramatic displays of climate change such as permafrost melt and landslides to more subtle changes such as open water, dewdrops forming from melted frost, and warm rays of sun, these photographs capture life in Old Crow and Inuvik amidst recent environmental changes. Aside from climate change, these photographs are also windows into the lives of the local youth, who used BYTE’s workshop as an opportunity to experiment with photography and have fun with friends.

The youth photographers from Inuvik were Faith, Tristin, Kyla, Delaney, Michela, Jessica, Lesli, Katelynn, Madison and Alexa.

The youth photographers from Old Crow were Taryn, Dakota, Tyrone, Aaron, Percilla, Willow, Cheyanne and Shaylene.

BYTE is a ‘by youth, for youth’ charitable organization that focuses on empowering and promoting youth throughout the Yukon and Canada’s North. Their missions is to unite youth, strengthen their voice, take action and bring about positive change for the wellbeing of everyone. BYTE’s facilitation team travels to communities throughout the Yukon, Northern BC and NWT to deliver innovative and relevant programming to youth. They also host events and workshops in Whitehorse that foster creativity, culture and sport, focusing on developing confidence, skills, openness and a sense of belonging amongst the North’s youth.

This project was made possible due to funding from The Small Change Fund and Environment Yukon and the generous donations of Air North and Capital Suites (Inuvik). Thanks also to the Yukon Film Society for providing cameras.