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Eye on the Arctic - Inuit Cultural School Opens in Nunavut

Eye on the Arctic - Inuit Cultural School Opens in Nunavut | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Young Inuit can now learn about their language and traditions at a new cultural school that opened this week in Nunavut.

The Piqqusilirivvik Inuit Cultural School officially opened Wednesday in Clyde River, Nunavut, a hamlet of about 820 on the coast of northeastern Baffin Island.

Developed by the territorial government, the school aims to preserve the Inuit culture in Nunavut, where 84 per cent of the population is Inuit, by teaching youth the Inuktitut language and traditional activities such as hunting, craft-making, and Arctic outdoor survival.

"It's not only the first for Nunavut, it's the first in our country," Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak said at the opening ceremony.

The first set of 26 students — one selected from each community in Nunavut — are expected to begin classes with 14 instructors in September.
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Sled Dog Central: The Inuit Sled Dog

Sled Dog Central: The Inuit Sled Dog | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
The roots of the Inuit dog, or Qimmiq, date back 4,000 years, possibly more. Along with the Inuit people, this breed survived the harsh conditions of the Arctic.

In more modern times, this incredibly tough dog took explorers to both poles. Yet his very existence was threatened with the arrival of southern technology and other influences. Crossbreeding with Southern breeds endangered the original purity of the Inuit dog. The advent of snowmobiles into Arctic settlements was the final blow.

In recent times, some Inuit hunters and other interested people in both the North and the South have endeavoured to preserve the breed and restore viable numbers of purebred Inuit dogs.

The Inuit Sled Dog International (ISDI) is the network devoted to this task.
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Aboriginal Peoples: The Inuit: Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage

Aboriginal Peoples: The Inuit: Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Inuit living along the northern coast of Labrador are the direct descendants of a prehistoric hunting society that spread across Canada from Alaska and centered on capturing massive bowhead whales. This culture, called Thule by archaeologists, quickly adapted to the mixed arctic and sub-arctic conditions found in the Labrador region. Not only were whales, seals, fish and caribou abundant, but also large forests were found in coastal areas. Wood was a rare resource in remote arctic areas and needed for making tools, boat frames and numerous other articles, as well as used as fuel for cooking.
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Cardiovascular burden & related risk factors among #Nunavik (Quebec) #Inuit

Cardiovascular burden & related risk factors among #Nunavik (Quebec) #Inuit | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Cardiovascular burden and related risk factors among Nunavik (Quebec) Inuit: Insights from baseline findings in the circumpolar Inuit Health in Transition cohort study

Le fardeau cardiovasculaire et les facteurs de risque connexes chez les Inuits du Nunavik, au Québec : Constatations tirées d’observations de départ dans l’étude des cohortes circumpolaires sur la transition de la santé des Inuits
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Circumpolar Synthesis and Integration; Feedbacks of Arctic Ecosystems to the Climate System | International Arctic Research Center

Circumpolar Synthesis and Integration; Feedbacks of Arctic Ecosystems to the Climate System | International Arctic Research Center | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
This activity will attempt to quantify the relative current and possible future influences of arctic terrestrial and marine ecosystems on the global climate system.

Our strategy in this effort is to interface with modeling groups and the other targeted activities of the IARC Cooperative Agreement in the design of a set of coordinated model experiments to elucidate the role of arctic ecosystem feedbacks in the global climate system. We will initially conduct retrospective studies with modeling tools to understand how the feedback pathways have been changing in recent decades. We will then conduct experiments with climate model runs for standard IPCC emissions scenarios identified by the research of Vladimir Kattsov. Our arctic terrestrial and marine ecosystem modeling tools will be driven by common climate forcing in the stand-alone studies, so that we can understand the relative strength of estimated responses that influence climate from terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
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Leaked: Denmark’s “Strategy for the Arctic” | The Arctic

Leaked: Denmark’s “Strategy for the Arctic” | The Arctic | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Leaked: Denmark’s “Strategy for the Arctic” This is yet another step in Greenland’s drive towards complete sovereignty, which could ultimately make it the sixth Arctic state. What a field day that would be for newspapers covering the so-called Great Game in the Arctic, with so many new possible permutations of conflicts in the Arctic Ocean. http://ow.ly/50qsU
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The 13 Most Vulnerable #Arctic Treasures

The 13 Most Vulnerable #Arctic Treasures | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
The Bering Strait, the Chukchi Beaufort Coast, the Barents Sea coast and the Great Siberian Polynya are among the most vulnerable places. Polynyas are areas of open water surrounded by sea ice.

The 13 areas in need of protection were identified by 34 scientists and representatives of indigenous communities in Arctic countries who gathered at a Scripps Institution of Oceanography workshop last November.

They represent the top priorities out of a total 77 Arctic areas that the workshop participants say should be considered for protection.

The priority areas were selected using internationally accepted criteria for Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas developed under the auspices of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The criteria are: uniqueness, life history importance, importance to endangered and threatened species; vulnerable, fragile and slow recovery areas; areas of high productivity; areas of high diversity; and naturalness. Importance of an area for subsistence or cultural heritage was also considered.
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Breaking the ice: #Qallunaat teachers' journeys to #Nunavik

Breaking the ice: #Qallunaat teachers' journeys to #Nunavik | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
This inquiry focuses on Qallunaat (non-native) teachers' perceptions of their lived experiences teaching and learning in the arctic region of Nunavik, Quebec, Canada. Academic underachievement of Inuit children and high drop out rates in northern schools are a great concern for every community. An important contributing factor to the lack of academic success of Inuit children is the high turnover rate of Qallunaat teachers. Social distancing, isolation and cultural dislocation are major problems that many southern teachers find difficult to confront. Through a year-long Action Research Project in Nunavik focusing on eight Qallunaat teachers, I used a narrative inquiry to explore these teachers' shifting perceptions of their experiences as they attempted to adapt to their Inuit host community. Data confirms that without appropriate preparation and support, Qallunaat teachers perceive that they face overwhelming challenges educating Inuit youth and building relationships with Inuit community members. During my work in this northern community, I observed how these teachers seeking direction within such significant cross-cultural tensions, were confronted with profound existential issues. I examined why their southern perceptions and their northern experiences made them question some fundamental values that are at the core of their identities. I used an interdisciplinary dialogical post-colonial framework to situate these Qallunaat teacher voices in the educational contexts of Nunavik. By listening to these teachers, I began to understand how conflicts in identity arose when teachers' attitudes did not match their perceptions of their positionings in their host community. Methods included formal and informal conversations, individual and group interviews, photovoice and journals. I found that Qallunaat teachers can contribute to the North if they learn to position themselves as compassionate observers and listeners. Through dialogue, Qallunaat teachers can create shared spaces to better understand the particular needs of Inuit community members and consider alternatives and solutions. I provide recommendations to the Kativik School Board that might better prepare and support Qallunaat teachers. This study has direct implications for policy regarding pre-service and in-service education for educators within the Kativik School Board, Quebec Ministry of Education and the McGill Faculty of Education.
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Father Daniel Szwarc Polish Oblate embraces #Nunavut culture

Father Daniel Szwarc Polish Oblate embraces #Nunavut culture | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Father Daniel Szwarc is a Polish Oblate priest who went to Nunavut in 2002 from his home town, Zlotniki Kujawskie.

His journey to Canada's north began when he finished his studies and asked for two years' pastoral experience in a mission.

He was asked by his provincial if he would like to go to Nunavut. Knowing where missionaries are needed and where Oblate priests have their missions helped influenced his final decision, but he also felt it was God's will, which gives him strength in difficult times. The fact that he always preferred winter and cold weather helped make the decision easier.

His first mission was Igloolik, where he was ordained. Currently he is in Repulse Bay.
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Green Economy Needs Respect for #Indigenous Rights - IPS ipsnews.net

Green Economy Needs Respect for #Indigenous Rights - IPS ipsnews.net | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Nations must pay more than lip service to the idea of indigenous rights if they hope to seriously address problems like species loss and climate change, say delegates at the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, a U.N. body created to safeguard the rights of the world's 370 million indigenous people.

"They present very good studies and information, but not for us," said Marcos Terena, a prominent leader of the Brazil's indigenous people, about the officials running U.N. projects on environment and development across the world.

"They talk to Sao Paulo, New York, and the World Bank, not us," he told IPS at the 10th session of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York.

Reflecting upon how the U.N. and its member states are tackling indigenous issues, he added: "Their ideas are all about how much they want from the rivers and how much they want from the air."

"For us," said Terena, "that has no money value. All the people must have the right to water and the air."

In his view, the transition to a so-called "green economy" will not work as long as humanity doesn't respect the rights of Mother Earth.
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NOAA / Space Weather Prediction Center Tips on Viewing the #Aurora

NOAA / Space Weather Prediction Center Tips on Viewing the #Aurora | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Being able to see the Aurora depends mainly on two factors, geomagnetic activity (the degree of disturbance of the earth's magnetic field at the time) and your geographic location. Further considerations are the weather at your location, and light pollution from city lights, full moon and so forth.
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Nunavut Commissioner honours CamBay residents

Nunavut Commissioner honours CamBay residents | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
While people in Cambridge Bay were out having fun this past week during the Omingmak Frolics, their more serious accomplishments weren’t forgotten: on May 20, Nunavut Commissoner Edna Elias handed out nine Commissioner’s awards.
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Is the Scramble Over the North Pole Back On? - Ecocentric

Is the Scramble Over the North Pole Back On?   - Ecocentric | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
For all its remoteness, the North Pole generates a lot of controversy. In 1909, the American admiral Robert Peary reported that he successfully reached the geographic North Pole, a feat of navigation that is now widely disputed.
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The Inuit Family: A study of its history, beliefs, and images

Introduction
Selecting the Inuit family as a focus for study in the middle school art curriculum arose from my fascination with the objects and prints I viewed fifteen years ago in a small New York gallery of contemporary American Indian and Eskimo art. Since then I have responded to the images created by the Inuit, and used them indirectly as motivating factors in my own sculpture. This project has become a wonderful journey for me, which I hope will form a unit that will initiate the excitement of discovery in the study of an unfamiliar culture for my students.

This unit can be used by art teachers in grades five through eight as a starting point for the study of three-dimensional form. Parts of this unit might also be appropriately introduced in a Social Studies, Home Economic or Woodworking class. Although some of the materials suggested for the lesson may not be readily available, I will try to suggest alternatives to aid in the implementation of this unit for non-art disciplines.

This unit, structured by three major objectives, introduces background information and provides activities for classroom use. A set of slides accompanying this unit will be on file at the Yale New Haven Teachers Institute office, which you may borrow to introduce your students to the Inuit family.

The Inuit? Who are they?
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Inuit Art of Canada. L'Art Inuit du Canada.

Inuit Art of Canada. L'Art Inuit du Canada. | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Inuit Art of Canada: The Inuit Art specialist for professionals offers
you a large selection of fine sculptures. Le spécialiste de l'art Inuit pour les professionels.
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Native peoples and culture at Churchill’s heart - Boston.com

Native peoples and culture at Churchill’s heart - Boston.com | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Churchill is the gateway to Canada’s north, a harsh, treeless world of rock, ice, snow, and sea that is rife with wildlife. Over the centuries, the Inuit, Dene, and Métis peoples have drawn from the land not only their tools and materials with which they create — artstone, ivory, bone, and fur — but also their inspiration. From ancient carvings to contemporary drawings, their art reflects their lifestyle, culture, and spiritual beliefs.
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Caribou in Canada - Canadian Geographic Magazine: In-depth

Caribou in Canada - Canadian Geographic Magazine: In-depth | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Caribou in Canada. One of Canada's most recognized national symbols is at risk - and the modern lifestyle of Canadians is to blame. Across the country, caribou are struggling to survive in their ever-changing habitat. Facing a modern world, they are losing the battle... Wildlife experts are now suggesting that human activity may be an increasingly significant factor in the declines. Research illustrates that overhunting, industrialization of the North and the effects of global warming are part of the reason for the decreasing numbers of caribou. Our hunger for oil, diamonds and recreational sports, such as snowmobiling or heli-skiing, all disrupt the caribou's natural habitat.
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Native languages may defeat truancy

Native languages may defeat truancy | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
RT @IndigenousTweet: #Native languages may defeat truancy, says Minister http://bit.ly/l8k12i via @smh_news #education #edu #abo #indigenous...
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Arctic treasure - U.S. sovereign rights to vast additional oil and gas deposits under the Arctic Ocean off of Alaska: the Law of the Sea Convention.

Arctic treasure - U.S. sovereign rights to vast additional oil and gas deposits under the Arctic Ocean off of Alaska: the Law of the Sea Convention. | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
President Obama announced the administration's plans to boost domestic oil and gas production by expanding drilling and exploration in U.S. coastal waters, including in the Gulf of Mexico and off of Alaska. But the president missed an important opportunity to endorse an international agreement that would codify U.S. sovereign rights to vast additional oil and gas deposits under the Arctic Ocean off of Alaska: the Law of the Sea Convention. The omission was especially puzzling after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while participating in a summit of the eight Arctic Council countries held two days previously in Nuuk, Greenland, declared U.S. ratification of the treaty "way overdue." The president should capitalize on calls by congressional Republicans and the oil and gas industry to increase domestic oil and gas production by urging the Senate to ratify the convention this year.
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Higher Latitudes a blog from #Nunavut

Higher Latitudes a blog from #Nunavut | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
I often hear people of all walks of life that live in Nunavut use the phrase ‘Only in the north’ or ‘Only in Nunavut’. It is almost always in reference to a negative situation or experience. I hear it in response to high prices, lack of quality service in terms of repair and maintenance, and often in reference to the maniacal crimes and situations caused by the debauchery of the citizens of Nunavut. Certainly due to our lack of road infrastructure there are times when need cannot be reached by supply. This does not mean that the level of service or quality of work should be diminished further since we are facing these challenges from the get-go.
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Headlines for #Nunavut News North for May 23rd 2011

Headlines for #Nunavut News North for May 23rd 2011 | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
* MV Nuliajuk to set sail in July. Department of Environment research vessel almost ready
* Grad day at Kivalliq campus. Trades centre students part of event for first time
* New program for substance abuse offenders. Police and GN pilot new program in Iqaluit
* Arctic training running smoothly. Operation Nanook this summer will include a major air disaster exercise
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Shamanism

Shamanism | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
From the snowscapes of Siberia to the jungles of the Amazon, this book explores the role of the shaman as a healer mediating between the world of the living and the world of the spirits. 250 illustrations, many in color.
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Nunavut tourism and travel information - Lonely Planet

Nunavut tourism and travel information - Lonely Planet | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Nunavut tourism and travel information such as accommodation, festivals, transport, maps, activities and attractions in Nunavut, Canada - Lonely Planet... When people say ‘Arctic, ’ Nunavut is what they mean: a supergiant, blizzard-wracked, frost-shattered land of peaks, polar bears, icebergs – and a population that rounds to zero. Size-wise, this place dwarfs Mexico, but supports fewer folks than Liechtenstein.
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Nunatsiavut Government Planning to Review Uranium Legislation this Fall

Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Glen Sheppard, stated that he will present a motion to move forward with a plan to begin reviewing the legislation in a press release yesterday.

A moratorium on the working, production, mining and development of uranium on Labrador Inuit Lands has been in place since 2008
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Northern_Clips' Circumpolar Blog

Northern_Clips' Circumpolar Blog | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
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