From bird banding and laboratory technology, to mapping, traditional knowledge and environmental science, summer research seasons in Nunavut are filled with opportunities for students from a variety of fields and levels to combine learning outside the classroom with the adventures of a lifetime.
Join us this week as we meet some of the many youth researchers working and learning as members on the many research projects that take place all across Nunavut every summer. Today we meet the students of the Arviat Wellness Media Team.
Nanisiniq Arviat History Project Youth Curtis Konek and Jordan Konek as they continue to document traditional Inuit knowledge in their hometown of Arviat, Nunavut while encouraging local youth to take an interest in film, media and digital skills development.
Nanisiniq Arviat History Project member and Global Dignity Canada national role model Curtis Konek (in orange) with members of the Arviat Film Society celebrated Global Dignity Day events at John Arnalukjuaq High School last week with their teacher, Gord Billard.
On Wednesday October 17, Curtis spoke Inuktitut to more than 1,200 students who came together virtually from classrooms across the country for Global Dignity Canada's national videoconference last week.
OTTAWA, October 1, 2012 – Inuit student and Canadian Ranger Curtis Konek of Arviat, Nunavut has been named a national role model for Global Dignity Day Canada 2012.
Curtis joins the ranks of Conservative Senator Yonah Martin, NDP MP Niki Ashton, Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, TakingITGlobal Founder Jennifer Corriero and renowned Buddhist monk and scientist Mattieu Ricard, who are just a few of the national role models supporting the October 17, 2012 international day which focuses on empowering young people with dignity.
Arviat Elder Martha Okotak listens to an Inuktitut translation of the opening addresses for the International Polar Year 2012: From Knowledge to Action conference in Montreal this morning. For the last two years, Martha has been working with youth from the Nanisiniq Arviat History Project, which will be presenting the results of their qualitative and participatory action social sciences research this week. More than 2,500 polar scientists and researchers from more than 40 countries are attending.
For more information on the project, visit their web site at: nanisiniq.tumblr.com
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.
I have been homesick a lot of times here in Peru, times when I just feel like quitting and going home because I miss my family and friends. But what keeps me going is how I notice myself one more time stronger when I challenge myself.
Yesterday, we were climbing a mountain here in Palca, Peru and a lot of times we felt like quitting because the mountain kept getting higher and higher as we were going up. But what kept us going is our teamwork and hope to reach the top.
We made it to the top and I felt like a million dollars because it was beautiful up there and more importantly even when our supervisors felt like quitting we kept going and supported each other.
Join the York University Institute for Research in Innovation and Sustainability (IRIS) for their COP 17 Debrief. Learn more about last months' delegations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban South Africa with presenters and guest speakers Ewa Modlinska, Alex Todd, Ellie Perkins, Rachel Hirsch and April Dutheil. Join them on January 12, 2012 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Keele Campus (120E Stedman Lecture Halls) or on-line via http://connect.yorku.ca/cop17debrief
The Nanisiniq Arviat History Project's Team members Jordan Konek, Curtis Konek, April Dutheil and Dr. Frank Tester are attending COP 17 Durban, South Africa. On December 6, 2011, the group held a press briefing with members of the media to share their experiences and the perspectives of Inuit Elders on the impacts of our world's changing climate. Click here to watch it now.