The Nordic-Canadian Fellowship in Environmental Journalism will provide a learning and collaborative space for young people from the Nordics and Canada. Throughout 2021, 16 aspiring journalists will participate in an innovative programme to gather stories that will be shared with audiences throughout Nordic Bridges and beyond.
This platform will give young people an opportunity to work together across the Atlantic, bringing us new and important stories on environmental and cultural issues affecting our world.
We need to listen to young people
There has never been a more urgent time to document how climate change is affecting communities, culture and our planet. By supporting this fellowship programme, the Nordic ministers for culture want to stress the importance of stories and the voices of young people from the Nordic Region and Canada.
“This platform will give young people an opportunity to work together across the Atlantic, bringing us new and important stories on environmental and cultural issues affecting our world. These are global issues that cannot be solved by any country alone; in the Nordics, we consider international collaboration crucial when it comes to seeking new ideas and solutions. Fact-based stories that explain complicated matters are much needed in times of disinformation,” says the Finnish Minister for Science and Culture, Annika Saarikko, who is also chair of the Nordic Council of Ministers for Culture in 2021.
The fellowship programme is part of Nordic Bridges, a cultural initiative managed and curated by Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Canada and supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers for Culture. The festival builds on four pillars; artistic innovation, accessibility and inclusion, Indigenous perspectives and resilience and sustainability.
Young people at the forefront of global climate action
The Nordic Region and Canada both have diverse and expansive natural landscapes; and the Arctic region is uniquely vulnerable to the impact of climate change. However, both parts of the world share a commitment to tackling climate change.
“Young people have been at the forefront of global climate action. As the climate crisis accelerates, youth-led, powerful journalism will play a crucial role in spotlighting important issues and holding power to account,” says Lex Harvey, Canadian journalist and Fellowship Coordinator.
The fellowship will offer aspiring journalists aged 18-25 from Canada and the Nordic countries the chance to attend journalism boot camps, go on reporting trips and participate in an exhibition as part of Nordic Bridges.
Apply before April 23
The fellowship is open to journalists and aspiring journalists of all mediums; writers, videographers, photographers, producers, and podcasters are all encouraged to apply. Applications open today and will remain open until April 23. The programme will begin in June 2021 and run through to the end of 2022.
Interested? Join Harbourfront Centre’s webinar on April 7th to know more.
About Nordic Bridges
Nordic Bridges aims to promote collaboration between Canadian and Nordic artists and to generate dialogue on the role of culture in the creation and promotion of sustainable societies.
As one of Canada’s leading contemporary, multidisciplinary arts and culture institutions, Harbourfront Centre will lead the programming of Nordic Bridges, working with cultural organizations across Canada.
Nordic Bridges is the third major Nordic cultural initiatives outside the Nordic region initiated by the Nordic Council of Ministers for Culture, following the success stories of Nordic Cool in Washington (2013) and Nordic Matters in London (2017).