Sustainable Futures North (SFN) is a four-year NSF funded project focused on developing a better understanding of the interactions among food security, water security, energy security, resource development, and climate change in Arctic and Subarctic communities. SFN is made up of researchers and professionals in Canada and the United States who have experience in fields from documentary filmmaking to engineering in northern regions and will be learning from rural residents in Bristol Bay, Kotzebue Sound, Baffin Island and Nunavut about their specific education and human resource needs. These needs and challenges will be combined with historical and climate data to answer three core questions:

  • How have historical changes in climate, environment, technology, and economic development affected environmental security in the study regions?
  • How are modern changes such as climate warming and development affecting current and future environmental security? 
  • To what extent does existing knowledge and infrastructure promote environmental security, and what gaps exist that can be addressed through new best practices?

Tied to the Land film series showcases how 10 Northwest rural Alaskan villages are seeking effective ways of adapting to rapid changes in; climate, weather and development. You will be immersed into the daily lives of active hunters, fishers and gatherers in their homes and while out in this arctic landscape seen by air, land and sea.

Map of SFN primary study sites