Inuit youth researcher, Amy Owingayak, attends Nunavut Sivuniksavut in Ottawa
The Nanisiniq Arviat History Project team congratulates and supports Amy Owingayak as she embarks on a new “journey of discovery” to attend the Nunavut Sivuniksavut Training Program in Ottawa.
Nunavut Sivuniksavut is college program for Inuit youth from Nunavut who want to prepare to work for the new Government of Nunavut. To read more about this year’s group of NS students, click here.
Amy has been working on the Nanisiniq Project for the last two years. “I enjoy the work we do because I am learning a lot about my history. While being a part of this project as a youth researcher, I have gained pride in my identity. I wish for other youth to continue to keep our tradition and culture alive.” says Owingayak. “I am very excited to go to NS!”
Amy will continue to work with the Nanisiniq team from Ottawa to organize their upcoming their trips to present at conferences in Durban, Washington DC and Montreal.
May 14 2011
Grand Opening of Nunavut Sivuniksavut’s new building.
Nunavut Sivuniksavut (NS) is a unique eight-month college program based in Ottawa. It is for Inuit youth from Nunavut who want to prepare for the educational, training, and career opportunities that are being created by the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) and the new Government of Nunavut.
Inuit Elders: So Much To Do So Little Time
by Jordan Konek
May 14 2011
This blog is about the Inuit elders that have a lot of knowledge about Inuit history and Inuit culture. They are so rich with the traditional practices and are full of knowledge that I think are very important and useful for the future Inuit. We Inuit are losing our culture each time we lose an elder. We have recently lost Mark Kalluak and Job Mukyungnik who are the elders of Arviat, Nunavut. I would like to give my condolences and respect to the family that lost their leaders of their famiy.
I would like to start off by saying how we are losing a great amount of knowledge when we lose one elder. To those who think that Inuit culture should be alive and well known, now is the time for you to start asking questions that you want to know of by asking Inuit elders, because one elder lost means a millions of words to be said and be known are slowly going away, where we won’t be able to reach them.
Yesterday, we started off with a great day to start with, we went to the Nunavut Sivuniksavut to interview David Serkoak who is working for Nunavut Sivuniksavut. But as I was interviewing David, we took a break from the interview and during the break we were told that one elder has passed away from an illness. What could have I asked that elder? When I was working with Mark Kalluak, it was easy to tell that he had A LOT of respect for Inuit Culture. So, when we were working together, one of the many things he taught me was “araka *A-RAK-KA” means that he’s going outside to go home. That’s one of the things I won’t forget for a long time.
The other elder we recently lost a day after losing Mark, we lost Job Mukyungnik who also had a lot of knowledge about Inuit history. When I’m in the midst of elders, it’s really easy to show and have respect towards the elder. He was a very funny person, that’s what I’m going to remember him as. He always had someone laughing.
Given the opportunity, take that opportunity, because once you choose not to, you’re choosing to have no respect for who you are and where you came from.
Take evert opportunity given, because it’s free! One opportunity given, that one opportunity might even give you one more opportunity and so on. I have a lot of respect for the elders who are awesome, Martha Okotak being one of the funniest research elder.
Young Inuit Researchers going to Ottawa, Ontario
by Jordan Konek
May 4 2011
On May 08, 2011 4 young Inuit researchers with an elder from Arviat and a professor and his student will be going to Ottawa to visit Library and Archives Canada and present their research to professional people.
Amy Owingayak, April Dutheil, Martha Okotak, Frank Tester, Patrick Pingushat, Curtis and Jordan Konek are anxious to see what Library and Archives of Canada has to help them further their research.
They will be interviewing Floyd Neville who was a social worker during 1950’s and 1960’s, during the time of Rankin Inlet Nickel Mine. Also, David Serkoak who is with the Nunavut Sivuniksavut. They will also be photo research and photo naming. There will be special events that will be held as well, like the presentation about Arviat History Project.
After the trip to Ottowa, they will head back to Arviat, Nunavut on May 18th, 2011. In Arviat, they will be organising a plan to go for a trip to Durban South Africa to talk about climate change and its effects to the North.