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New Ottawa Amaujaq National Centre for Inuit Education school plans Inuktitut standardization

New Ottawa Amaujaq National Centre for Inuit Education school plans Inuktitut standardization | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Inuit education is about to undergo a sea change, including the standardization of Inuktitut writing, as the group tackling the challenge opened their home base in Ottawa Tuesday.
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"....“Standardization of the Inuit writing system is not as easy as it sounds,” said national Inuit leader Terry Audla, president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, which represents Canada’s four Inuit regions. “In communities impacted by the resource boom, there are shortages of qualified workers. Too many young people are not graduating. We know that we have to educate our way to prosperity.” Audla spoke at the opening of the Amaujaq National Centre for Inuit Education, a new Ottawa-based group tasked with putting to practice a list of 10 recommendations to improve Inuit education drawn up in 2008 under the National Strategy on Inuit Education...." Related Links: Inuit health group is giving voice and vocabulary to sex terms in Inuktitut - Suicide drives high death rates among Inuit kids -

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Acclaimed Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook's life again runs off rails again

Acclaimed Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook's life again runs off rails again | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
They came to this newspaper last July, looking for help because a baby was on the way and they needed their own place after living outdoors and in shelters for more than a year.
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"...on Friday, outside the Ottawa Mission where she often goes for meals, Pootoogook revealed she is through with Watt and expects she will never be reunited with her baby. Pootoogook thinks the child will be put up for adoption. She also admitted the drinking never stopped, and both she and Watt continued to take drugs.

The story gets worse.

Earlier this month, as they were drinking red wine in their apartment, Watt suddenly flew into a drunken rage and beat her up.

Watt was sentenced to 45 days in jail for assault, and though police would not identify the victim, Pootoogook says it was her. Pootoogook says he punched her in the face at least six times and knocked her unconscious. A neighbour who heard the ruckus called police. She says she came to when they arrived. Blood was streaming from her nose. Police had her examined in hospital. Friends and a relatives who saw Pootoogook a few weeks ago say she had at least one black eye and other facial bruises...."

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Vagabond, hivernage à Ellesmere Canada

Vagabond, hivernage à Ellesmere Canada | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

France Pinczon du Sel.
Eric est le roi des surprises. Pour mon anniversaire, Liza débarque "à l'improviste" pour midi, complice avec Eric ! En plus d'une belle peau de phoque et d'une fourrure de loup, elle m'offre le meilleur : partager son expérience de chasseur le temps d'un après midi ! Nous partons toutes les deux à la chasse aux phoques, .../...


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Taking the reigns of the Arctic Council

Taking the reigns of the Arctic Council | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
But does Canada have the wrong approach for the circumpolar north?

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"... Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, who will represent Canada on the council, says it’s also a good chance to correct international misconceptions.

“When you hear environmental research studies, ban this or ban that, it does not reflect what regimes we put in place to protect the environment we live in,” she says. “It’s a real opportunity for people on the ground in the North to tell the world what we’re doing.

“How do we use the opportunity of this chairmanship to bring our issues forward, to reach out to other countries that have impacted our way of life without ever setting foot (here)?

“The northern folks … see it as an opportunity to open trade, tourism, what have you, during our chairmanship and I’m in agreement with this.”

That may be too narrow an approach, warns Byers.

“The Canadian government needs to do a better job of communicating its Arctic policies, (but) the role of the Arctic Council chair is not to act as a public relations officer for any one country...."

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Muskox on the menu as Nunavut encourages return to traditional foods

Muskox on the menu as Nunavut encourages return to traditional foods | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

Muskox on the menu as Nunavut encourages return to traditional foods

The government is subsidizing hunters to return to the land

by Jonathon Gatehouse on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 10:20am

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In Canada’s Far North, where two litres of milk can cost $14, a bag of flour $33, and 10 pieces of fried chicken $61.99, the government of Nunavut thinks a better future might lie in the past. So it has launched a program encouraging residents to follow the example of their ancestors and live off the land, harvesting more traditional “country food” like seal, muskox and even ground squirrel. “It’s partly for reasons of cost, and it’s partly for reasons of nutrition,” says Ed McKenna, director of the territory’s Anti-Poverty Secretariat. “But it’s also related to culture. For many people it’s their preferred food.”

And more to the point, it’s a straightforward solution to one of Nunavut’s most persistent social ills: hunger. A 2010 McGill University study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal estimated that nearly 70 per cent of preschoolers in the territory live in “food insecure” households, where there is not enough—or sometimes anything at all—to eat. Another survey, undertaken by the federal government, found that half of 11- to 15-year-olds in Nunavut reported sometimes going hungry. “The numbers are pretty stark,” says McKenna. “It’s a major issue.”

The Country Food Distribution Program is providing close to $4 million in funding over three years to help isolated municipalities feed themselves. Grants are available to help establish or upgrade community freezers, or set up local fresh-kill markets. But so far, the most popular aspect of the plan has been the direct subsidies—up to $10,000—for large-scale hunts. Last year, 14 of the territory’s 25 settlements took advantage of the cash, which is earmarked for basic supplies. “Harvesting has become more dependent on Ski-Doos, so you’re talking about the gas, as well as the cost of firearms and bullets, and then food and other equipment,” says McKenna. “It’s the kind of expense that’s beyond the reach of many, many people now.”

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McKenna says the government is mindful of the need to avoid creating new problems as they search for solutions to existing challenges. “We don’t want to be encouraging people to do something that’s not going to be in their benefit in the long run.” More studies will be undertaken, and there are no plans to commercialize the hunts and start exporting fish and game outside the territory. “The focus is poverty reduction,” he says. “So it’s not a large program, but it can have a pretty good impact.”..."

 

 

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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 15, 2014 1:04 PM

In Nunavut, a politically autonomous nation in northern Canada. People are urging a shift in consumption to deal with the concerns of food insecure households. In this region two liters of milk can cost more than 14 dollars, a bag of flour can cost 33 dollars, and people are in need of alternative food sources because they can not afford buying food from the supermarket. Economic geography is causing a shift in consumption patterns in Nunavut. The Country food Distribution Program is providing close to $4 million in funding for isolated municipalities to feed themselves. This money is being spend on large scale hunts, community freezers and local fresh kill markets. Furthermore, the methods of harvesting rely on machinery that needs gas and maintenance like snowmobiles. A revert back to more traditional hunting and gathering methods have become necessary for the people in Nunavut to survive.

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October 3rd – Yellowknife on the way to Kugluktuk | Dr Mark Furze

October 3rd – Yellowknife on the way to Kugluktuk | Dr Mark Furze | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

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Departed Edmonton yesterday on an Air Canada flight. Arrived in Yellowknife to low scudding clouds, the bare rolling granite and spruce trees grey in and wet in the light drizzle. Around 5°C. Settled in to the Explorer Hotel with a great view across Frame Lake and the city and after half a bottle of wine in the restaurant last night everything is good. Robbie Bennett and Bob Murphy from the Geological Survey of Canada (chief scientist and coring expert respectively) arrived last night too and are with us in the Explorer.

The extra day in Yellowknife before the charter flight to Kugluktuk to meet the ship tomorrow was intentional. Lost bags can mean no research cruise participation if all your essential clothing and equipment is in them. Luckily for us we didn’t loose anything, though Bob Murphy’s bag was delayed. Thankfully that arrived this morning, proving the wisdom of the 24hr lay-over in Yellowknife.

Track the Amundsen at sea!

Use http://www.sailwx.info to track the daily progress of the CCGS Amundsen icebreaker on her transit through the Northwest Passage!

CCGS-NGCC Amundsen http://www.amundsen.ulaval.ca

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My wife, Anna Pienkowski, and I have been invited to participate in Leg 3b of this season’s research cruise aboard the CCGS Amundsen icebreaker. As members of the Geological Survey of Canada scientific crew, this leg will take will take us north from Kugluktuk (Coppermine) into Viscount Melville Sound and then east through Barrow Strait and Lancaster Sound into Baffin Bay (the main axis of the Northwest Passage). We’ll then steam north to Nares Strait between Ellesemere Island and Greenland before heading south through the Labrador Sea and into the St Laurence Seaway to terminate in Quebéc City. The objective is to recover multiple cores of sediment from the sea floor, as well as seismic data, that can be used to elucidate the long-term environmental evolution of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, in particular the glacial and deglacial history of the area and the major oceanographic changes including sea-ice variability that have occurred during the Holocene.

Follow our participation in the expedition on-line in the Field & Research Blog

http://academic.macewan.ca/furzem/blog/

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