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Arviat Nunavut’s Susan Aglukark keeps dreaming of home

Arviat Nunavut’s Susan Aglukark keeps dreaming of home | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

The Arviat-raised singer and songwriter Susan Aglukark may have now spent most of her life living outside Nunavut, but she says the homesickness has never left her.

And that feeling inspired the name of her newest album, Dreaming of Home, a collection of Christmas and family songs that make up the three-time Juno award-winner’s seventh album.

Dreaming of Home is a series of songs which aren’t all Christmas-themed, but they’re all linked to home, family and the holidays — three things Aglukark said she cherishes.

“I’m always homesick for home,” she said in an interview from her Toronto-area residence. “But Christmastime is when it’s that much more poignant.”

There are the Christmas standard carols: “Silent Night,” “Do you hear what I hear?” and “Oh come Emmanuel,” sung in both English and Inuktitut.

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"... A newly-launched Christmas campaign through Aglukark’s Arctic Rose Fund sent its first box of non-perishable food to the Nuatsivik food bank in Iqaluit last week.

Aglukark plans to send a box each week from between now and Christmas. The Arctic Rose Fund, named after her popular album and song, Arctic Rose, is accepting food donations and paying to have them shipped north.

The goal is to encourage and assist all Nunavut’s food banks to become registered — only Iqaluit’s food bank is regitered currently — so the fund can help food banks feed families over the holidays, Aglukark said.

“The need is there all the time,” she acknowledged,” but we’re mailing and shipping these packages to guarantee they get there [for Christmas].”

Aglukark’s album Dreaming of Home is now available at stores Target and Walmart, through iTunes, or by contacting info@susanaglukark.com..."

 

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Carving stone deposits found near Iqaluit

Carving stone deposits found near Iqaluit | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

Carving stone is a catchall term used by most sculptors for metamorphic rock such as soapstone, marble and alabaster, according to Mate. The deposits found on the Hall Peninsula are a wide range of different rocks of the serpentine group with colours from apple and olive green to dark aquamarine.

Carving stone is formed when hot fluids flow through iron-and magnesium-rich rock deep in the Earth's crust, altering it into softer minerals. At one time, Hall Peninsula used to be one of the world's biggest mountain belts, which has now eroded away.

"When you're walking around there, you're walking 30 kilometres deep into a mountain so you're looking at the deeper crust in this part of the world," said Mate, a self-described geology geek. "That's why we're finding carving stone.

"Every night there were exciting conversations about rocks that were found and what they mean and how that might change the interpretation of how the land formed."

 

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"The data we produce is useful for a whole range of stakeholders," said Mate. "It's an important resource for Nunavummiut and, of course, carvers."

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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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The Inuit-language bible it took 34 years to translate is now available as an app

The Inuit-language bible it took 34 years to translate is now available as an app | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Last week, an Inuktitut option was added to a free bible app published by YouVersion.com, the online publishing arm of an Oklahoma-based megachurch
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"Plugging Inuktitut into the app took a bit longer than usual owing to the language’s unique alphabet, according to a report by the Iqaluit-based Nunatsiaq News. Inuktitut is one of 245 languages offered by the app."

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The Inuktitut Bible application can be downloaded for free on a number of devices, including computers, iPads, iPhones, iPods and android phones.

However, the app won’t work on older Blackberry smartphones, but it will work on computers and laptops...."

http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674app_developed_for_inuktitut_bible_download/

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Nunavik org honours late Inuit singer Charlie Adams and acts of bravery at AGM

Nunavik org honours late Inuit singer Charlie Adams and acts of bravery at AGM | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

In Kangiqsujuaq, Elsie Adams, the widow of the late singer and songwriter Charlie Adams, received a special lifetime award for her late husband’s contributions.

Adams died five years ago at the age of 55.

A pioneer in the development of recorded Inuktitut pop music, Adams played at numerous music festivals throughout the eastern Arctic over his 30-year career. He also toured in the United States and in Europe.

As a singer and guitarist, Adams was always generous with his talents. His most famous song: the cheerful “Quviasupunga” (I’m Happy).

In July 2004, Adams suffered a near-fatal accident when a car drove over him while he lay in a Montreal alley, and he never fully recovered from his injuries.

A video tribute to Adams was shown before Elsie Adams accepted the award, which reads, “thank you for all of your beautiful songs that touched our lives and the inspiration they bring to Inuit today and tomorrow.”

 

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The late Charlie Adams sits next to his wife Elsie in a photo taken by Charlie’s friend George Lessard, who visited the couple at the ­Montreal General Hospital in 2004. (FILE PHOTO)

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Arviat Iglu Web Site

This web site from Arviat in Nunavut, northern Canada, details different aspects of traditional shelters such as the iglu. The project involved local Elders and youth working together using both traditional knowledge and modern technology. This is the second of the Arviat District Education Authority's projects designed to promote Inuktitut literacy and the use of syllabics. Many of those involved in the first project, Inuit Uqausingita Taiguusingit and some new individuals and organizations have worked together to make this second web site a great success.
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This site has five different sections:
 

"...The Elders section includes nine interviews with Arviat elders. The interviews were conducted by two Qitiqliq High School students with questions from a young person's perspective on what life was like before Inuit started living in modern style housing. There are photographs, short biographies, and recordings of stories, ayaya songs and other shared experiences.The Levi Angmak Ilinniarvialaaq Iglu building project is a series of photo albums with accompanying text. The Iglu building project has been running for the past eight years. Students work with staff and Sivullinuut Elder's Society learning traditional skills like iglu building and preparation of skins.The Shelter section is on the different types of traditional shelters used in the region. Illustrations and text describe how each structure is situated, constructed and designed to meet the conditions of the changing seasons. There are video clips depicting the steps involved for the building of the winter iglu and the spring qarmaq iglu.The Places section uses maps, photos, and text to detail the region's traditional camping sites and transportation routes. The information gathered was done so through the knowledge and efforts of Arviat Elders and the Arviat Historical Society. Details on The Maguse River Place Names Project is presented in this section."..."

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