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Q. Can you first tell me if you grew up when there were already radios, or were you aware at the time they started to use radios?

A. The only thing is that there was only one radio at the Roman Catholic Mission. They used to have a radio. I believe the only time I became aware of such a gadget was about 1947, this was the time when they started to get family allowances. It was in my childhood when I got to see a radio for the first time at the mission.

Q. What did you think about the radio?

A. It was mystifying. I just could not comprehend how such a gadget was able to make sound. This was because I saw a radio for the first time ever. I did not know how the radio was able to make sound. In addition, we were told that the voices in the radio were coming from far, far away. It was said that there were no radio stations close by that could be picked up by these radios, but it was coming from a distant place, a place where white people lived. The radio made a crackling sound. Sometimes it appeared as if guns were firing, with all types of crackles. These were what I heard on the first radio that I ever saw.

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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!

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Nunavut Arctic College’s Jewellery and Metalwork program is holding an Open House and Sale during Toonik Tyme on April 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Fine Arts Building (building 619). Curious? Here's an example of some of the work they've been doing! The piece above is titled "Tattooed arms" by Jewellery and Metalwork student Kaajuk Kablalik. See more incredible examples of the students' work on their blog, Frozen in Metal

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The Arctic Bay Popular Theatre program teaches literacy and life skills through the development of original performance pieces. Students were taught by Audrey Qamanirq who is a founder of the Kicking Caribou Theatre Group in Arctic Bay and participated in a three-week professional development workshop by Penny Couchie, a choreographer and director with the National Aboriginal Theatre Institute in Toronto.

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Dr. Pascal Lee, co-founder of the Mars Institute, a planetary scientist with the SETI Institute and Principal Investigator of the NASA Houghton-Mars Project (HMP) delivered a presentation in Iqaluit last week. Dr. Lee and his team are travelling across the Northwest Passage in a prototype rover that could be used to explore other planets in our solar system.

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Students with the Arctic College Jewellery and Metalwork program were in Vancouver demonstrating their skills in Vancouver at Northern House during the Olympics last month. Follow their adventures by visiting their blog Frozen in Metal today!

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Nunavut's own Senator Dennis Patterson serves a helping of delicious caribou stew to Management Studies diploma student Lisa Pameolik of Arviat. Patterson was in Rankin Inlet this week speaking to the students at Kivalliq Campus. A traditional country food feast was held to celebrate the occasion.

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Students of the Environmental Technology Program visited the Nunavut Research Institute on Oct. 14. The class met with staff members to learn about the institute’s various programs, and toured the water lab and greenhouse.

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Linda Pemik, Director of Academic Affairs and NTEP Principal Ooloota Maatiusi welcome Alaskan Inupiaq exchange student Marjorie Thabone.

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