The Last Ice
As the sea ice between Canada and Greenland melts, the outside world sees unprecedented opportunity. Oil and gas deposits, faster shipping routes, tourism and fishing all provide financial incentive to exploit the newly opened waters. But for more than 100,000 Inuit who live in the Arctic, on and around the frozen ocean, an entire way of life is at stake. Development here threatens to upset the balance between their communities, land and wildlife, leaving the future of this region and their culture increasingly uncertain. Directed by Scott Ressler and executive produced by Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and founder of National Geographic Pristine Seas, THE LAST ICE, tells the story of Inuit communities fighting to protect the rapidly disappearing Arctic that has been their home for centuries.
Meet the Film Subjects
Originally from Panniqtuuq (Pangnirtung), Nunavut, Maatalii Okalik is recognized locally and internationally for her work as an Inuit youth advocate. As the President of Canada’s National Inuit Youth Council (2015-2017), Okalik built awareness around the unique issues facing Inuit youth, including high suicide rates, occupational uncertainty, and the growing regional impact of climate change. In this role she also championed Inuit cultural and language education among Inuit youth, a cause she further promoted during her tenure at the Pirurvik Center in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Okalik also previously served as the Chief of Protocol with the Department of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Government of Nunavut and the President of the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre. For her activism, she received the 2017 Indspire Award for Inuit Youth and the 2016 Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council’s Outstanding Young Woman Award. Okalik has a degree in Human Rights and Political Science from Carleton University and is currently pursuing a Master's in West Nordic Studies: Governance and Sustainable Management at the University of Greenland.
Aleqatsiaq Peary is an Inuk musician and hunter living in Qaanaaq, Greenland - one of the northernmost towns in the world. He is the great, great, great grandson of Robert Peary, who is known as the first person to reach the North Pole in 1909.