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Flash of generosity: Arviat Nunavut youth group receives four digital cameras

Flash of generosity: Arviat Nunavut youth group receives four digital cameras | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

[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.

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Well deserved by the Arviat youth media and research team..

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Arviat Community Ecotourism gets national recognition

Arviat Community Ecotourism  gets national recognition | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

The Arviat Community Ecotourism (ACE) initiative was named as one of Tides Canada's Top 10 winners at the event.

The Top 10 list was unveiled with more than 200 guests in attendance at the Arta Gallery in Toronto.

Tides is Canada's largest public charitable foundation for social justice and the environment, and home to a shared platform for 40 inhouse projects, ranging from neighbourhood-scale social initiatives to national conservation efforts.

The top 10 winners are organizations, communities or individuals who align with Tides' mandate to create opportunities for people to escape poverty, strengthen their communities and live on a healthy planet.

Mike Robbins of The Tourism Company, which oversees the ACE initiative, said the community of Arviat deserves the credit for coming a long way in a short period of time with the ACE initiative.

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'..."Olivia Tagalik (Arviat tourism co-ordinator) and I attended to accept the award, which does a couple of things for ACE.

"It provides a lot of exposure through Tides' networks and affiliations across Canada, which all promote the top 10 via their websites and various social media avenues.

"It will also, potentially, result in some very useful donations to assist ACE in the future."

Robbins and Tagalik met after the ceremony with two representatives of the Planeterra Foundation, which makes donations throughout the world to community-based tourism initiatives in destinations where its affiliate, G Adventures, travels...."

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On the ‘itch or, the politics of bingo in Arviat, Nunavut

On the ‘itch or, the politics of bingo in Arviat, Nunavut | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
Boredom generates habits meant to replace the feeling of purposelessness. Habits become ingrained and can take many forms. Most pastimes in Arviat revolve predominantly around hunting, sewing, attending church, socializing, and last, but not least, Bingo jackpots. People play bingo to entertain, fundraise, socialize but, ultimately, they play to win. Isolation is a choice, especially when you live in a remote place where the sun is on vacation and the moon can feel like your only light in January. There is a legitimate argument here for why you would freeze your eyelashes off to walk to a friend’s place to play radio bingo in the dead of winter: self preservation. Anything to get the blood flowing. A racing heart when you’re “on the ‘itch” is one way of getting warmed up in these subzero temperatures. Some believe in good luck and the rest, determination. Whatever our beliefs, we all need something to do and be a part of.
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"...Which is the lesser of two evils: taking away funding opportunities for groups that clearly bring people together and possibly save lives, or providing more ways for people to blow their money?..."
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Shawnee Rivers's curator insight, March 28, 2014 10:33 PM

People often downplay the social aspects of gaming and gambling, but they do exist.

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The evolution of entrepreneurship in Arviat: the southernmost community of mainland Nunavut

This article reports on research conducted in Arviat, describing the community from its establishment as the settlement of Eskimo Point, to this day. Methodology included the review of 100 relevant scholarly works. In Arviat, today, Inuit are actively participating as entrepreneurs in the formal economy, suggesting a new trend, quite different from the situation that existed a generation ago. The research suggests that attitudes toward enterprising and entrepreneurship evolve over time.

Arviat; Eskimo Point; Nunavut; Inuit; Kivalliq; Paallirmiut; Caribou Inuit; entrepreneurship; entrepreneurs; indigenous peoples.

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Showing their skills: Arviat students earn 12 medals, two invites to national Skills Canada event

Showing their skills: Arviat students earn 12 medals, two invites to national Skills Canada event | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

The Arviat students took home medals in the categories of TV/video production (Innosar Issakiark and Shelton Nipisar coached by Gord Billard), baking (Vayda Kaviok and AnneRenee Angalik coached by Susie Johnson), cooking (Ramon Kaviok and Jonathan Kigusiutnak coached by Mike Johnson), hairdressing (Gwen Ishalook and Gabai Kaludjak coached by Celeste White and Kimberley Dymond), esthetics (Sherilyn Sewoee and April Kablutsiak coached by Annette Atkinson) and photography (Avis Mukyungnik and Amanda Pingushat coached by Steve Penney).

Issakiark and Nipisar were invited to the national in TV/video production, while Vayda was invited for baking.

Billard said the number of participants at this year's Nunavut event was lower than usual.

He said there were only 41 competitors in 10 categories, both down significantly from past years.

"There was only one team in four different categories, so, by default, they received a gold medal," said Billard.

"Our TV/video production entry was one of those, but our little team produced a video good enough to qualify for the national, so I'm tickled pink.

 

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The Arviat youths garnered 12 medals and a pair of invitations to the Skills Canada national competition in Vancouver, June 5-8.

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Mom convicted of telling daughter to commit suicide in Arviat Nunavut

ARVIAT, Nunavut - A Nunavut judge is asking why a mother convicted of repeatedly telling her daughter to kill herself was allowed continued contact with the girl as well as custody of her own infant son.

 

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"The nature of this offence is simply beyond the comprehension of right-thinking people," wrote Justice Susan Cooper in her decision, which was released this week. "It is only through luck and the work of medical and mental health professionals that the daughter is alive today."

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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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