About four years ago, word started catching fire about the possibility of a magnetic pole shift or reversal on earth. What that means is that the magnetic north and south that our magnetic compasses and systems are calibrated to, would flip.

When people started worrying enough, NASA went so far as to issue a statement detailing why nothing would go crazy or haywire if the poles did shift. In the time since, no major shift has been definitively reported, but much more has been inspected. Different minds the world over have lent their help to the notion, weighing in on what could mean big changes for life on earth, or just a big load of hooey.

But in that maelstrom of research, one thing that seems to stick harder than most is the notion that rather than a full reversal, the geographic poles of the planet have shifted, even if slightly. Whereas our magnetic fields are still propelling the same way they have for the past 800,000 years or so, the tilt of our planet almost certainly has “wobbled.”

And one group that is putting their weight behind this idea are the Inuits of the great north. In a recent correspondence with NASA officials, Inuit elder Zacharius Kunuk detailed how the wobble has been observed by elders from all across the community, noting the changes in rising and setting positions of the sun and high heats as simple indicators. Some within the culture even go so far as to say that climate change is not a result of or hugely affected by human influence as much as it is a result of this magnetic maneuvering.

Kunuk, however, maintains that humans are hugely influencing the changes, in conjunction with all else. And in his film on the subject, he states plainly that human and animal intelligence are catalysts to adaptability and sustainability with our host, the earth, in the trials the future holds for us.

Whether the magnets are pointing the way they’re supposed to or not, humanity has some big changes to make.