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What Seafloor Grooves Reveal About Ancient Ice Sheet

What Seafloor Grooves Reveal About Ancient Ice Sheet | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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Hringvigur – A Circumnavigation of Iceland via Time-Lapse

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Take a trip around Iceland in this feature length time-lapse video & audio collage – a circumnavigation along the country's Ring Road.
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Lea Lamoureux, M.Ed on Twitter

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Almost there! #Graduating class of 5 in #Nunavut hoping 2 see #World! They've #fundraised so much! http://www.gofundme.com/clyderivergrads #hope #share #rt
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Nunavut's hunger problem: 'We can't pretend it doesn't exist anymore'

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The price of orange juice in Nunavut may shock you, and the federal government's $60-million food subsidy is only the latest of the proposed food shortage solutions that has stumbled under mismanagement and the enormity of the hunger problem.
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Quassa: GN mulls Roman orthography as Nunavut-wide standard

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Quassa: GN mulls Roman orthography as Nunavut-wide standard
“We are looking to explore the benefits of transitioning to the Roman orthography writing system”

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This text from the spring 1987 issue of Inuktitut magazine shows identical versions of the famous Inuit-language story, known in English as "The Woman Who Married a Dog," represented in syllabics and Roman orthography.
Paul Quassa, the Nunavut education minister, confirmed a process March 12 that could change the way the Inuit language is taught nearly everywhere in Nunavut: work on the use of Roman orthography as a standard writing system.

“Mr. Speaker, at the senior levels, we have discussed the issue of standardizing the writing system for Inuktut in our schools and we believe that a standard writing system has the potential to build an environment where students would be better equipped for learning more than one language,” Quassa said in a minister’s statement.

And that future Nunavut-wide Inuit-language teaching standard could be based on Roman orthography, Quassa said.

That’s because staff inside the education department are now exploring the feasibility of using a Roman writing system in Nunavut schools.

In that effort, the GN has gained the support of the Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit language authority.

“I spoke with them and they passed a motion that supports our work. We are looking to explore the benefits of transitioning to the Roman orthography writing system,” Quassa said.

But at the same time, Quassa said this is a “complex initiative.”

The first step would be a big implementation plan that cabinet would have to approve, he said.

That plan, which officials are now working on, would include research on:

• the capacity of existing staff capacity to provide instruction in Roman orthography;

•  the development of teaching resources, including an inventory of existing curriculum documents and resources;

•  the design and preparation of field tests; and,

• communications and consultation.

Quassa said this effort would help the territorial government meet one of the goals set out in its Sivumut Abluqta mandate statement: to strengthen the use of Inuktut in Nunavut.

“In order to provide high-quality bilingual education, we are looking at the benefits of a standardized education system — one that would provide quality learning experiences and an equal opportunity for success for all students,” he said.

Throughout most of the eastern Arctic, versions of the church-developed syllabic system have been used to represent the Inuit language since the middle of the 19th century.

But in Greenland, Alaska, western Nunavut, and the Inuvialuit region of the Northwest Territories, most Inuit-language speakers use forms of Roman orthography.

At the same time Inuit leaders and language experts have debated the relative merits of syllabics and Roman orthography for many decades.

As far back as 1960, linguist Raymond Gagné developed a Roman orthography writing system for the Inuit language.

But most Inuit in the eastern Arctic, as well as the Anglican church, whose missionaries developed syllabics in the 19th century, rejected Gagné’s writing system.

In his Oct. 24, 2014 My Little Corner of Canada column in Nunatsiaq News, Inuit leader John Amagoalik repeated his support for a transition to Roman orthography from syllabics.

However, some language experts believe that such a transition could be hard to accomplish.

In his Feb. 4, 2011 Taissumani column, linguist Kenn Harper said any move from syllabics to Roman orthography could face strong resistance.

“These suggestions are generally met with an outcry of support for the retention of Syllabics. The suggestion of language change always excites passionate argument,” Harper wrote.

The Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit language authority, set up under the Inuit Language Protection Act, is mandated to work on the standardization of the Inuit language across Nunavut.

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Canada's Arctic compares poorly around globe: report

Canada's Arctic compares poorly around globe: report | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
The second Arctic Human Development Report, a long-running study, concludes that the well-being of northerners in Canada's Arctic compares poorly with those in many other Arctic regions around the world.
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Canada's #Arctic compares #poorly around globe: report http://t.co/vNioWourOu Arctic #Human Development Report #CDNpoli @CBC_Aboriginal

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India must take advantage of Moscow's leverage in the Arctic region - Hindustan Times

India must take advantage of Moscow's leverage in the Arctic region - Hindustan Times | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Commercially, Russia is set to play a big role in India’s energy security.
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An Early Arctic Explorer's Dramatic Drawings of the Frozen North - Slate Magazine (blog)

An Early Arctic Explorer's Dramatic Drawings of the Frozen North - Slate Magazine (blog) | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Arctic explorer Sir John Ross drew these images while captaining the first 19th-century British search for the Northwest Passage.
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Here Are 18 Outrageous Prices Northern Canadians Have To Pay For Food

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Average weekly groceries: $600 .
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Shaun Malley sur Twitter

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Kativik School Board announces the appointment of president & executive cttee #nunavik #cbcnorth pic.twitter.com/IRKsYJiTJn
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The Canadian government just granted big oil companies the right to bomb the Arctic seabed.

The Canadian government just granted big oil companies the right to bomb the Arctic seabed. | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Putting the Clyde River, the narwhals and everyone whose way of life depends on the ocean in danger.
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NEWS: Aglukkaq talks about Inuit traditional knowledge at Lima conference

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Saying it’s a subject “near and dear” to her heart, Leona Aglukkaq, the environment minister and Nunavut MP, played up her government’s support for traditional aboriginal knowledge in a speech given Dec.
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Innovative course for an innovative North

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RT @ICNGD: Excited for the launching of @kenscoates' free open online course on #circumpolar #innovation: http://t.co/95ucpMW7dj #innovatio…
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Iceland French photographer Renaud JULIAN... | Escape Kit

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Iceland French photographer Renaud JULIAN recently took a photographic road-trip with 2 friends to Iceland, the results are beautiful. Escape Kit / Twitter / Subscribe (Source: behance.net)
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Finland - Frozen world of Arctic Circle during full moon night

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© Lucie Debelkova Photography | www.luciedebelkova.com | Facebook | Google+ | Twitter | Flickr | Instagram It is being said that a picture is worth a thousand words and it is very true statement, however what if you put...
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37 Photographic Proofs That Iceland Is A Miracle Of Nature

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Iceland might be a small and remote nation, but it also happens to be one of the most picturesque as well.
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Nunavut Official Languages Act Comes into Force

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Nunavut Official Languages Act Comes into Force
The Nunavut Official Languages Act came into force this month — a milestone in the history of this young and vast Canadian territory. The new act maintains the rights and privileges of English and French, while the Inuit language will be elevated to equal status. This level of statutory protection for an aboriginal language is unprecedented in Canada. The Inuit languages Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun are the native tongues of 83% of the population of the territory.
“I am proud that Inuit in Nunavut now have a clear statement of their inherent right to the use of the Inuit language in full equality with English and French,” said James Arreak, Minister of Languages. “The act further recognizes the important cultural contributions of Anglophones and Francophones in our territory and affirms our commitment to deliver programs and services to the public in all three official languages.”
All three official languages will enjoy equality of status and equal rights and privileges as to their use in territorial institutions — namely in the Legislative Assembly, the courts, and the departments of the government of Nunavut — and public agencies. The legislation that OLA replaced, the Northwest Territories Official Languages Act, made the official language of the Inuit second only to French and English in terms of status. The same lesser position was assigned to six other aboriginal languages. It took five years to pass the act as law. Now, the residents of Nunavut may access various services of the government in Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun.

The comprehensive Uqausivut Comprehensive Plan, tabled during the sitting of the Legislative Assembly last fall, will help departments and public agencies to improve their delivery of services to the public in all official languages. To support departments and public agencies in meeting their legal obligations, the Department of Culture and Heritage will centrally administer territorial and federal language funds established for that purpose, which which comprise of CAN$5 million for Inuit language initiatives and approximately $1.45 million for French language initiatives.

Preserving Nahuatl
Laura Nuñez describes how Global Citizens Network is helping indigenous Mexicans retain their culture and language
Vicki Contreras wakes up early every morning in Xiloxochico (pronounced Shee-lo-show-sheek-o) to catch the bus to her job at the Hotel Taselotzin in the neighboring town of Cuetzalan, three hours north of Puebla, Mexico. As the sun rises over the Sierra Norte hills, the hotel’s kitchen warms and is filled with delicious smells as Vicki prepares the morning’s fresh coffee, hot chocolate with cinnamon, huevos revueltos, and frijoles that await the guests.

Vicki belongs to a women’s cooperative that manages the Hotel Taselotzin, an eco-lodge, with 44 other women from five Nahua communities. Over a decade ago, the women invested their own money and labor to construct this beautiful hotel. In exchange for their work at the hotel, they benefit from the profits of the business to support their families with food, clothing, and soap. The women take what they need and share the rest: the Nahua society maintains a strong sense of cooperation.
The Hotel Taselotzin overwhelmingly welcomes Mexican national tourists seeking an escape from the bustle of the cities, as well as many international visitors who enjoy the packed market days on Cuetzalan’s cobblestone streets and the nearby caves and Totonac ruins. The lush gardens on the hotel grounds grow herbs for the restaurant’s menu, rose petals for the handmade soap, and orange blossoms that Vicki handpicks for tea. Staff are careful to recycle goods and separate organic and inorganic waste to lessen their impact on the land. Caring for the earth is an important Nahua custom.

Each year, Global Citizens Network (GCN), a Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization, sends volunteers to partner with other villagers from Vicki’s community of Xiloxochico on locally initiated, grassroots development projects. This self-sufficient community works together to provide a practical service that makes it easier for people to stay in their village — and preserve their Nahua way of life, including the rich Nahuatl language.

Nahuatl is the language of the Aztecs, Toltcec, and others. (The words avocado, tomato, chili, coyote, and chocolate have Nahuatl roots.) Nahuatl comes from the root Nahua, meaning “a dance done with the hands entwined, a concordance, to move in cadence,” and is also known as the turquoise smoke, a harmonious speech that is pleasing to the ear. At one time, Nahuatl was spoken all over present-day Mexico, and it is still one of the most important indigenous languages in the country, with 1.5 million speakers — making it the most widely spoken indigenous language in Mexico. An estimated 190,000 people speak only Nahuatl.

In 2012, Xiloxochico requested that GCN partner directly with the parent and teacher committee of a bilingual Spanish-Nahuatl school for youth. The primary school, Chayojkila Xiloxochico, was founded in 1999 and historically used in-kind space in various locations. The school was founded by a group of dedicated parents and teachers who sought support from CONAFE, Mexico’s National Council on Educational Development. Last year, they successfully sought and received a land grant to build a permanent space for their school. GCN has since sent two teams to work side by side with villagers, directed by local leadership, to enhance the school by excavating land, painting, and installing windows. Future teams of volunteers will build additional classrooms, bathrooms, and a creative playground space.

While 10% of Mexico’s population is indigenous, only 6% speaks an indigenous language. Chayojkila Xiloxochico promotes the education of children in the community both in Spanish and the Nahuatl languages. National laws support bilingualism and original language preservation — a protected indigenous right in Mexico — but indigenous-language speakers still face discrimination in their own communities. The Chayojkila Xiloxochico bilingual school creates a safe environment for children to learn both languages, keeping the Nahua culture, traditions, and Nahuatl language alive. The GCN-Chayojkila Xiloxochico partnership allows for both volunteers and villagers alike to honor and promote the importance of preserving the Nahuatl language and sense of cultural pride in the community.
A recent volunteer reflected:

“It was a day of magic moments. The GCN team arrived at the school site to see members of the community already there. Work was being done, mostly painting, and families were coming little by little to share in celebration of the week’s accomplishments. Professor Valentine spoke on behalf of the community, thanking us for the support. He expressed his pride in the Nahua people and the school they are working so hard to build so that they can maintain the Nahuatl language and culture among their children.”

No sooner did GCN’s team return home to the U.S. than Professor Valentine Contreras Coyota (Vicki’s brother) sent this message of gratitude and solidarity:

“At Nicolás Bravo Elementary School, parents of the students gathered in one of the classrooms to share their perspectives regarding to the visit of the Global Citizens Network team from Minnesota in the U.S. The visit was an enjoyable experience for the parents to witness the organization’s good intensions to support the project, specifically the school bathroom project that was done during this visit.

“I wanted to share with you that the parents are in agreement, we would like to welcome other GCN groups. The parents expressed that all who visit are always welcome. Our school community and association will always welcome GCN visits so we may continue to share experiences, impart our indigenous culture, and share our customs. The students are excited about another visit.”

GCN is equally enthusiastic about a return visit and looks forward to many future volunteer teams participating in this partnership. The organization fosters the belief that culture and language preservation is possible with a global commitment to supporting indigenous communities.

Laura Nuñez is academic partnerships manager at Global Citizens Network. To learn more about how you and/or your students can get involved, visit www.globalcitizens.org

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Russian Navy to Focus Strategy on Arctic Zone and Black Sea - Newsweek

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NEWS: Kids get down and gooey at Nunavut science camp

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Greenland, the World’s Biggest Slave State | Radiance Viewsweekly

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Suprise Suprise. Colonization in 20th century. #shame "@MD_Nalapat: Greenland, the World’s Biggest Slave State http://t.co/ScLh7RMN38"
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Arctic circle Soviet officer authentic sheepskin ushanka

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Transfer of forces to Russia's new Arctic command to be completed by mid ... - ITAR-TASS

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The command staff of the brigade is taking advanced training at military training centers
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What we know about the future of the Arctic is scary—what we don't, scarier - Quartz

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It's going to be a long, warm winter.
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