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On the ground or in the air our video production and direction will leave you

and your audience stunned. We will work together to make your ideas into beautiful stories. All of this, in stunning 4K resolution.

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Nunataq[nuhn-uh-tak] (n.) : A ridge, mountain, or peak within an ice field or glacier. Also called glacial islands. (origin: Inuit language)

Nunataq is grounded in systems thinking

Across the world's mountain ranges, Nunataqs bear evidence of human and animal life on these striking summits amidst the cryosphere of planet earth -- islands of life in a severe and ever-changing environment.

Our namesake honors Arctic & Indigenous mentors who have mentored us from the beginning, and the power of mountain environments to grant a powerful view of life from above. We aim to carry the wisdom shared and clarity granted above in our daily work as citizens in the society below --  to better steward the land and human well-being.

In step with our clients, we draw from traditional and western knowledge to face pressing policy issues and tell powerful stories. In practice, we blend storytelling, science communication, GIS and regional planning science to create better decisions and lasting solutions in a changing world. We work where science and art meet because that's where the good stuff happens.


Founded in 2018 by AICP certified regional planner and award-winning filmmaker Christopher J. Carter, the team at Nunataq is here to listen to your needs and work with you to create exceptional visual and planning solutions.














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With Nunataq you are likely to end up with a product that's even better than you hoped!

-Alysa McCall, Polar Bears International

You will not find a more thoughtful, intelligent, skillful, and caring organization to work with - incredible quality and process while always keeping in perspective how to achieve the work in a way that is both equitable and culturally sensitive.

-Zach Weiss, Elemental Ecosystems

I really liked Nunataq's organization.
Each meeting and phone conversation was well run, summarized and a listing of the next tasks that needed completing. In this way we kept the momentum going.  Their enthusiasm and ideas sparked excitement and CJ was willing to hear our input.


-Donna Caruso-Hirst, Glacier Two Medicine Alliance

Nunataq is a pleasure to work with. They bring a high level of enthusiasm and creativity to the work and take the time to understand the content in a deep way that helps develop quality communications materials. They are timely, meet deadlines, and tailor products to meet the exact needs of clients.

-Molly Cross, Wildlife Conservation Society

Beyond his ability to work in difficult conditions, Nunataq, with CJ at the helm, combines a keen artistic eye with a strong commitment to crafting a final product that works.

-Sam Atkins, Crosscut Mountain Sports Center

There is no-one better to work with on a personal level and who shares the gift of being not only great behind the lens but who can create a storyline and follow it through.

-Ted Chase, Summit Mountain Lodge



Certifications & Expertise

​​​Christopher J. Carter

  • AICP Certified Urban Planner

  • ASFPM Certified State Floodplain Manager

  • MSc.P in Community and Regional Planning

  • BSc. in Interdisciplinary Science

  • Land Use, Environmental and Water Use Planning

  • Flood Plain Management

  • Climate Adaptation

  • Public Engagement

  • Policy Analysis

  • Qualitative & Quantitative Research

  • Project Management

  • Knowledge Mobilization and Translation

  • Documentary Filmmaking and Photography

  • Technical Support & Teaching

  • GIS, Mapping, & Spatial Analysis

  • Research collaboration with the United Nations Climate Change Convention

  • Regional and Indigenous Planning Education and Capacity Building Experience

Where Our Work Takes Us

We work in North America and world regions with clients on pressing issues and stories. This has led us to far away places working with great people. Follow our live projects in Red and explore our completed projects and partners in Blue.

Nunataq has its roots in the field of Urban and Regional planning with certifications and experience in land use, local economic, policy planning and project management. Working with local, regional and indigenous governments, organizations and the United Nations Nunataq has collaborated with clients to build innovative and practical plans.

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