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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
"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."
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...."
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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.
"... 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 email@example.com..."
The amicable Kivalliq teenager was named a national role model for Global Dignity Day Canada.
Issiakiark joined a large gathering in the old portrait gallery building on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and thousands more from across the country and abroad via videoconferencing, to celebrate the event.
The gathering saw video presentations made by John Hope Bryant from Los Angeles, U.S.A., and Crown Prince Haakon from Norway.
Reached by Kivalliq News at the nation's capital, Issiakiark said he was quite surprised to learn he had been selected as a national role model by Dignity Day Canada.
He said it's an honour he never would have thought he'd receive.
"This did make me feel really, really proud, because I was recognized for everything I've done for my community and the people, and that's pretty special," said Issiakiark.
Billard said, in his opinion, Issiakiark can accomplish anything he sets his mind to.
He said as long as he's known Issiakiark, the 18-year-old has always been very keen on whatever he gets himself interested in.
"Innosar puts a lot of effort, and a lot of himself, into whatever he takes on," said Billard.
"As a result, anything he does usually turns out well.
"He's the type of optimistic person who has the ability to always look at the bright side of things and find more positives than negative.
"He gets down at times, and he's been bullied in the past, but he always finds an inspirational quote or a friend he can lean on to bring him back to his centre."
In addition to the drama club, Billard said Issiakiark has been involved in the Arviat Film Society and numerous projects and activities in Arviat.
He said Issiakiark has always been an inquisitive student and a calming influence on whatever group he's associated with.
"Honestly, he's everything you could want in a student.
"In all the time I've known him, I never saw him lose his temper or his cool.
He's always one of the first to jump on the volunteer bandwagon, and he was a great participant in our leadership and resiliency program.
Shell chief: Arctic return timeline uncertain The Hill (blog) Peter Voser, the outgoing chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, said the company hasn't decided when it may attempt to re-launch oil exploration in Arctic waters off Alaska's northern...
Coroner in northern Canada says Domestic violence deaths preventable Alaska Dispatch This story is posted on Alaska Dispatch as part of Eye on the Arctic, a collaborative partnership between public and private circumpolar media organizations.
Arctic flowering in Finland Irish Times A tree grows in the tower at one end of the long, stainless steel dining table and, at the other, dangling in a turret are lamps whose shades were woven in Colombia.
The study was done during the summers of 2007-09, as part of Vincent L'Herault's master for the University of Quebec in Rimouski, Que., with the help of Inuit guide Poisy (Adam) Alogut and project leader Alastair Franke of the Canadian Circumpolar Institute.
L'Herault said the goal of the study was to monitor the falcons to better understand what they eat and their reproductive outputs during those years.
He said Alogut did an amazing job and became much more than just a guide.
"He really became a leader and influenced the way we viewed the tundra and the birds," said L'Herault.
"We had a paper published in the internationally known journal, Ecology and Evolution.
"I had Poisy listed as one of the authors, and it's very rare for scientific research to acknowledge a local person.
L'Herault said the adult falcons dive bomb the predators to scare them away.
But, he said, just about any predator would be interested in an egg or a chick if the chance presented itself.
"It's rare for any young falcon to be attacked in the air here, because the only predator with that capacity is the snowy owl.
"It's really the only winged predator that will bother the falcons.
"We don't know too much about when they're migrating, but the great horned owl would be a great threat to them in the temperate forest...."
[excerpt] Jamie Bell of Nunavut Arctic College said members of the Arviat youth media and research team were pumped when informed a pair of visiting professional photographers were going to deliver a special workshop for them earlier this month.
Bell said Louise Abbott and Niels Jensen were working on Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.'s Cultural Resources Inventory Project in Arviat, documenting historical and archeological sites, when they agreed to conduct the workshop.
He said it came as a huge and wonderful surprise to learn the two had spoken with Sony Canada and that the company had donated four 20-megapixel Alpha DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras and lenses to the Arviat group.
Well deserved by the Arviat youth media and research team..
Inuit Art at its finest
Inuit Art at its finest
Canadian comic book heroine of the 1940s resurrected by Rachel Richey and Hope Nicholson through Kickstarter campaign
"...Dressed in a fur-trimmed minidress with knee-high boots and a cape, Nelvana of the Northern Lights was Canada’s first national superhero. Armed with the powers of the Northern Lights, the Inuit demigoddess made her debut in 1941’s Triumph Adventure Comics, defending people of the North from Axis powers and spies. She is also North America’s first female superhero, predating DC Comics’ Wonder Woman by nearly four months. ..."
Whaling in Greenland: To hunt or not to hunt?
I personally do not agree with whale hunting. It falls under the catgegory of animal abuse weather it is alive or not. Whales do have a part in the ecosystem as well. I think that if people continue to slaughter whales for personal consumption then eventaully they will become extinct.
This article was interesting yet disturbing. I was surprised that the throat was the most tastiest part on the whale. Residents of west Greenland killed almost 150 minke whales last year.
When deep ice sheets chilled most of North America and Europe 20,000 years ago, Alaska and eastern Siberia remained remarkably ice-free, providing passage for America's first humans.
The ancient traces cover an area the size of Scandinavia. The discovery is unique in the Arctic because the continental ice sheets in Greenland, Europe and North America never extended offshore, the researchers said.
Thousands join global day of support for Arctic 30 Greenpeace UK (blog) From Bali to Helsinki, Sydney to London and all points in between, supporters of the Arctic 30 have turned out in force today, demonstrating outside Russian embassies around...
This year’s Arctic search led by Parks Canada for the lost ships of the 1845 Franklin expedition turned up more bones and about 200 small artifacts but offered no new hints about the fate of the reinforced wooden vessels.
"... Harris remains undaunted in a search that has so far not turned up any sign of the ships from the ultimately doomed 1845 mission led by aging naval hero Sir John Franklin to find the long-sought Northwest Passage.
"We're confident one day these vessels will be found. It's really only a matter of time," said Harris.
"Certainly when the wreckage of one or the other [ships] first appears on the sidescan sonar, whoever's looking at the screen is going to have the thrill of a lifetime."..."