Noella Cockney can watch the waves splash against the door of her home when the storms pick up in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T.
Her house is one of several in the Arctic hamlet threatened by rapid coastal erosion — houses the local government intends to relocate to new gravel foundations on Reindeer Point Road, inland.
But with the fall storm season on the way, Cockney says it’s too soon to move.
“They’re trying to rush us, and that’s just going to end up destroying our houses.”
Disappearing coastal land has been a fact of life for decades in Tuktoyaktuk, but residents say in the past year alone, storms have grown more fierce and destructive — and the rate of erosion is accelerating… more
Based on an interview by Lawrence Nayally, produced by Marc Winkler