With a population of almost 3,000 people, Arviat is now one of Nunavut largest towns.
This winter caribou are scarce and people are reporting that the herds are far from town. Many people rely on the herds for food. It was difficult to cache meat this year.
Crews are starting to prepare for this summer's Ennadai Lake Weather Station clean-up, but they had to come back because the snow wasn't deep enough.
A liquor plebiscite was held on Feb. 24, 2014. 68% of the community voted No and 38% per cent said yes. This means alcohol will continue to be prohibited for the next 4 years. The majority of people say this is good for Arviat.
We have two new MLA'S. George Kuksuk and Joe Savikataaq. They were elected this past Oct. George was also named Minister of Economic Development and Transportation. They are both at the Legislative Assembly starting March 6 with Elders from here to see them.
A new Arctic Connection Store opened in December. This is good for our community because it has helped lower prices. Having new businesses opening in town increases people's employment opportunities, including our ABE Students. It is open until 1:00 and opened round the clock on holidays like Christmas. There are a lot of new and different items the other stores don't have.
Hockey has been very popular this year. Arviat helped with try-outs for the Arctic winter games. Two Arviarmiut are going to Alaska this week.
Two weeks ago, we celebrated Inuit Language Week. We held a radio show, with activities at the CLC like beading, traditional clothing, bannock making, drum dancing, pihiit and throat singing. Click here to watch one of the videos. It is also on Arviat TV Channel 19.
There have been more suicides in our community, and this concerns many of us. Suicide rates are the highest they've ever been. We feel that there should be outreach and activities to reduce stress, poverty and hunger. This might help towards reducing suicide.
We've lost many of our Elders, who continue to grow older, and die well before their time. We are losing our Elders too fast. We need to do more to help our Elders pass on and share their knowledge before it is too late.
This week, we have been learning about social media and the internet. We are also learning about using computers and e-mail.
ADULT BASIC EDUCATION ESSENTIAL SKILLS
Adult Basic Education Essential Skills program includes six levels of study ranging from basic literacy to course work at the Grade twelve level. Courses in this program enable participants to learn or relearn skills needed to meet employment, personal or educational goals. Participants often enroll in the program as a first step to entering a certificate or diploma program. Students may take Adult Basic Education courses on a full-time or part-time basis. If you want to learn more about the program, click here or come visit the Community Learning Centre!