What’s this about?
Beginning in 2010 in Arviat Nunavut, the Nanisiniq Arviat History Project is a multi-media history project which brings together Inuit youth and Elders to re-discover Inuit history.
Follow Nanisiniq on our ‘journey of discovery’ as we uncover treasures from the past - travelling thousands of kilometres around the world, visiting four continents, co-documenting over 100 hours of video footage, examining countless archival documents, talking to over 50 Elders and re-thinking the importance of history. It’s your history- join us!
We are thankful for the organizations and individuals who have contributed to the Nanisiniq Arviat History Project. The Sivulinuut Elders Society, the University of British Columbia School of Social Work, the Nunavut Research Institute and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada are the project’s primary partners.
Nov. 29, 2012, Washington DC - What do you do while grounded by Superstorm Sandy? Hang out in the Holiday Inn with Yup’ik Elders and learn how to sew.
It’s hurricane season on the US east coast. Luckily Jordan and April have plenty of Starbucks coffee & are staying right beside the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Our museum tour was cancelled so we’re hanging out with Yup’ik Elders. Can’t think of a better way to pass the time!
Nunatsiaq News - Nanisiniq film premier at 18th Inuit Studies Conference
A research team of Inuit youth from Arviat screen their film “Nanisiniq” to an audience of conference-goers at the 18th Inuit Studies Conference, which took place this past week in Washington D.C. Hosted by Curtis Konek, Amy Owingayak and Jordan Konek from Arviat, the première of the film drew a large crowd to the Smithsonian Institute. The film documents two years of travel and work by the research team of the Arviat Nanisiniq history project as they interviewed elders in Arviat and traveled to the U.N. climate change conference in Durbanm South Africa to talk about climate change and its impacts on Inuit and Inuit culture. Asked how she felt about the film, a member of the audience said “it moved me to tears to understand how much these young people overcame to do this work and to see what a great job they have done of representing their history and culture.” The conference, which drew researchers from Greenland, Russia, Alaska and Canada, wraps up this weekend. (PHOTO BY FRANK TESTER)
To purchase a copy of the film or host a screening in your community contact Nanisiniq@yahoo.ca today!