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.
This week, Arviat Qaggiqtiit Elders and performers were hard at work in the Margaret Aniksak Visitor's Centre, discussing new routines and teaching new traditional pihiit (songs) with their performance coach, Guillaume Saladin of Artcirque.
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.
February 6 – 10, 2012 is Inuit Language Week . The Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth is coordinating a showcase at the Koojesse Room of the Frobisher Inn (old Valupharm) during the following dates and times:
Tuesday: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Neil Christopher is a Faculty Member, Education Programs, and is responsible for the delivery of Science / Media within the Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP) framework. Additionally, he sits on the Professional Standards Committee and is currently preparing for the delivery of a pan – Nunavut pilot course.
Somehow, he still manages to find time to pursue publishing ventures.
After three years of work, one of his projects, the Common Insects of Nunavut book is finally completed. This Inuktitut and English publication brings together science knowledge and Inuit traditional knowledge on many of the insects that can be found in Nunavut. As well, hundreds of full-color photographs and black-line illustrations will help students indentify and learn about these important members of the Arctic ecosystem. The book is currently being distributed across Nunavut by the Department of Education.
The Common Insects of Nunavut book project was a large undertaking that was made possible by the cooperation of many departments and organizations in Nunavut, including Nunavut Arctic College, the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, the Department of Education, the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth, Nunavut Bilingual Education Society and Inhabit Media Inc. The Common Insects of Nunavut was researched and written by Carolyn Mallory, and managed by a team that included two Nunavut Teacher Education Program Faculty members.
We congratulate Neil on his efforts.
- Brian Manning is the Director of Education Programs at Nunavut Arctic College.
Iqaluit, NU - September 29, 2011 The Council on Drug Abuse (CODA) is visiting Iqaluit on October 6, 2011 to launch their new interactive training program focusing on youth engagement strategies. It will be held at the Frobisher Inn from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Local health promotion intermediaries are participating in the full day of education and activities filled with constructive dialogue and learning while discussing the very important issues of youth engagement and drug prevention.
Human Services Program students gathered the views of Cambridge Bay Elders recently on barriers to adult education.
Students and instructors from Iqaluit's Arctic College Inuit Studies and Fur Production and Design programs participated in an IQ Information Session held at the Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs boardroom on February 24. They participated in a very interesting discussion with Elijah Erkloo, an Elder Advisor with the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth about traditional customs and practices, how and why they have changed over time. Thank you Elijah!
Minister of Culture, Languages, Elders and Youth, the Honourable Louis Tapardjuk congratulated the winners of the Nunavut at 10 songwriting contest in the Legislative Assembly this week.
Funding Available for Northern Youth Participation at the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen - December 7 to 18