ARVIAT, NUNAVUT (July 11, 2013) - Inuit youth in Arviat are participating in an innovative new community-based project that will help children, youth and their families.
Join presenters April Dutheil, Jordan Konek and Frank Tester as they focus on the research relationships between Inuit and Qablunaat (people from the south) using the Nanisiniq: Arviat History Project as a lens to explore examples and causes of miscommunication and misunderstanding.
The purpose of this analysis is to avoid the historical occurrence of colonial interactions, conduct meaningful and collaborative research and provide greater understanding for all arenas in which Inuit and Qablunaat interact.
(ARVIAT, NUNAVUT) Inuit youth researchers and filmmakers from the Nanisiniq Project will spend part of the winter presenting at the 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP17/CMP7) in Durban South Africa from December 2-9, 2011.
Climate change is not just an environmental issue. When farmers’ crops fail from unnatural droughts, this is a livelihood issue. When our grandparents die from heat waves, this is a health issue. When the animals people traditionally hunt are no longer there, this is a survival issue. When children can no longer play hockey on outdoor rinks, this is a cultural issue. When job opportunities disappear because corporations and governments refused to listen to a changing world, this is an economic issue. It is our future at stake.
What happens when Inuit youth and their Elders combine traditional knowledge with new technologies? The shortest and best answer is "A whole lot of fun!"
This week, the Nanisiniq: Arviat History Project team started work converting and editing footage for their documentary film on Arviat history. In this latest video, our young Inuit researchers laughed it up with Arviat Elder Silas Illungiayuk, introducing him to the hilarious and wonderful experience of making funny faces with iPhoto.
Follow their new media adventures at: http://nanisiniq.tumblr.com/
The Nanisiniq Arviat History Project is a joint venture involving youth and Elders in the Inuit community of Arviat, located on the southwest side of Hudson Bay, Nunavut. The project is co-ordinated in Arviat by Tamar Mukyunik and by Professor Frank Tester of the School of Social Work, University of British Columbia.
Four Inuit youth researchers and an Elder from Arviat, Nunavut are traveling to the nation's capital to discover and re-tell the history of the Eastern Arctic from an Inuit perspective. Although May in Arviat is prime caribou hunting season, this group of Inuit has opted to hunt for something equally important in Ottawa: the truth of what really happened to Inuit when forced from their traditional way of life to modern western-style communities.