Weather Collection

Weather Stories Archive

Spanning fourteen months and four timezones, Weather Stories was a series of hour-long online events where storytellers from across the country told their stories about the weather in this era of catastrophic climate change. These stories offer a multifaceted glimpse of how climate change is moving through the lives of artists, elders, scientists, gardeners, pilots, writers and poets.

This is an archive of the recorded Weather Stories. Though each event was organized around geographical regions, the collection is full of connections and resonances across time and place and we present them here in loose thematic clusters. We invite you to meander through the stories in whatever way you like.

Elder William Singer explains how the weather is the thing that makes everything work together and how to learn from the weather by spending time outside together with the weather

Poet David Janzen shares a carefully observant presence in the world as he thinks deeply about the legacy being left for the next generations

Poet Sadiqa de Meijer tells us a story of fossil fuel legacies coming to haunt the next generations

Artist Alvin Luong shows us how  lost connection to place is just one of the many heartbreaks of climate change

Thoughtful friends Kim Melton and Katherine Lawless share their observations of seasonal change across time and place, reminding us how weather and climate change meet us all differently

Biologist and artist Sunetra Ekanayake shares her careful observations of rapidly increasing ecological change across a lifetime of spending time in the wilderness areas of Nova Scotia

Writer and artist Nicole Schafenacker speaks about bearing witness to the moments we are living through a letting them change her

Writer, singer, arts educator Sharada Eswar tells us a dramatic tale of wrestling gods, reminding us of the force weather can hold and how it can never be defeated only held in balance

Elder Peter Schuler tells us a story about a flood, reminding us that we need to make room for other beings and not be greedy​

Researcher Louise Barrett tells stories about interspecies experiences of weather within different ecologies revealing that humans aren’t alone in how we deal with weather and the ways our activities make weather for other species

Writer Moni Brar tells us a story of movement and place and how growing things from the land puts us in deep relationship with the weather

Artist and life-long gardener Beany Dootjes shares her story of working together with the land and the weather to grow food across her lifetime

Groundskeeper and talented maker John Stoll tells us stories about working on and with the Coutts Centre grounds showing us how the deep love of place attunes us to weather in unique ways

Artist Undine Foulds tells a story about weather and matter meeting and transforming each other across geologic scales of time

Poet  Ooleepeeka Eegeesiak takes us across deep time, into the past and future as she traces the connections between bodies and place

Artist and gardener Frances Dorsey share her observations and insights about weather as she pays attention to change happening around her and reminding us that at the scale of deep time this planet’s story has always been one of change

Ecology/climatology researcher Ze’ev Gedalof shares the weather stories held withing the rings of trees

Curator/artist Peter Dykhuis shares with us the many ways he has observed the weather across of life time as a pilot, an artist and storm watcher

Artist Andrew Maize shares his projects working with the wind as an unpredictable yet generative collaborator

Artist Andy Berg speaks of boundary layers and the weathering of bodies, human and otherwise

Elder Ron Tremblay shares a story about the damming of the Wolastoq/Saint John River and reminds us that the health of rivers and people will always be connected

Arist Heather “Von” Steinhagen speaks of the connection between weather and ritual and how her practice works to rebuild connections to the more than human world.

Artist and Elder Mary Caesar speaks of those who protect the weather and reminds us that we cannot heal the weather without healing people and vice versa