Human Face of Climate Change in the Arctic: Insiders' and Outsiders' Perspectives

Organized by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs 16. August 2016

Friday, October 7, 17:00-18:30

Location: Kaldalón, Harpa First Level

Over the past century, all communities of the Far North have experienced previously unknown rates of social, cultural, economic and political changes, many of them imposed from the outside. 

Ongoing climate change, whose impacts are strongly felt in higher latitudes, adds another powerful dimension to these transformations. This session aims at fostering the dialogue between those who live through and must adapt to the climate-related changes, and those who witness and study them, generally from the outside. It will feature extracts from the documentary film “Sila and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic“, followed by a discussion with its director and producer. Other discussants on the panel will provide additional insights in the changing livelihoods, socioeconomic conditions, and future perspectives of Indigenous peoples of the Arctic. A particular focus will be on how contemporary art creates awareness of the impacts of climate change.


  • Corina Gamma, Film director and producer: the Relationship Between People and their Environment
  • Aqqaluk Lynge, Consultant, Head of the Inuit Human Rights Centre (Inuit Circumpolar Council, Greenland); former Chair of ICC: Sharing of Information and Knowledge - the Inuit Approach: Indigenous Rights in the Arctic
  • Martha Cerny, Curator, Cerny Inuit Collection, Berne-Switzerland: Contemporary Art and Awareness about Climate Change


  • Yvon Csonka, Professor of Anthropology