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Billy Adjuk captured this amazing moment in Whale Cove as the sun was setting. With the angle of the reflection, you can see on the right is where the sun is setting and the blue part is the shadow. Amazing picture. Photo courtesy of Sarah Igviksaq

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ᓇᐅᔮᑦ 1980-ᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᑎᐅᕈᓪ ᒍᕐᓯᒪᓐ ᑕᑯᑎᑦᑎᓯᒪᔪᖅ 10,000-ᖏᓐᓃᑦᑐᓂᒃ ᐊᔾᔨᓂᒃ ᓴᓇᑉᓗᓂ ᐊᔾᔨᖅᑕᕕᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ

ᐊᒃᓴᓗᐊᓕᖕᓂᒃ ᑲᒫᓗᒃᓯᒪᑉᓗᑎᒃ ᒪᓕᑲᖅᑕᐅᑎᔪᑦ 1980-ᒋᔭᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᑖᑉᑯᓄᙵ ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᒋᔭᐅᔪᒻᒪᕆᒃ.

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ᑎᐅᕈᓪ ᒍᕐᓯᒪᓐ ᐊᑕᐅᓰᓐᓇᕐᒥ ᐅᑭᐅᒥ ᕿᒪᐃᓯᒪᔭᕆᐊᖃᓚᐅᖅᑑᒐᓗᐊᖅ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᕝᕕᖕᒥᓂᒃ ᐅᐃᓂᐲᒃᒥ. ᑭᓯᐊᓂ 1980-ᒥ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑑᑉᓗᓂ ᑭᒍᓯᕆᔨ – ᑕᐃᑉᓱᒪᓂ ᓴᓇᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᒪᓂᑑᐸᒥ ᐊᓪᓚᖓᔪᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᓂ – ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᔨᙳᕆᐊᖅᑐᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᓯᒍᓯᕆᔨᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᕗᐊᑦᓯᒪᑦᒥ, ᓄᓇᑦᑎᐊᕐᒥ. ᖁᓕᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᓂᒃ ᓴᓇᓕᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᒥᓱᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᐊᓛᕐᓄᑦ ᐊᐅᓪᓚᖃᑦᑕᓕᖅᖢᓂ, ᐅᖓᓯᒃᑐᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᐅᑦᑎᐊᖅᓯᒪᙱᑦᑐᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓄᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ – ᐊᒻᒪᓗ 10,000 ᐅᖓᑖᓃᑦᑐᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐊᕆᓯᒪᔭᖏᑦ. “ᐊᔾᔨᑦ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖅ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᔭᐅᑎᒃᑲ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓄᑦ ᐅᐸᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᔭᒃᑲᓄᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᕝᕕᒋᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᔭᒃᑲᓄᓪᓗ,” ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᒍᕐᓯᒪᓐ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᕐᕕᒋᑉᓗᒋᑦ. “ᑎᑎᕋᓗᐊᕈᓐᓇᓚᐅᙱᓐᓇᒪ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᒻᒪᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᔭᐅᑎᒋᓕᓚᐅᖅᑕᒃᑲ.” 1970-ᓂᒃ ᒫᓐᓇᓵᖅ ᓴᓇᔪᓐᓃᓵᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑎᑭᖦᖢᒍ, ᒍᕐᓯᒪᓐ ᐅᐸᒍᑎᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᐃᒻᒪᖄ 30-ᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᕗᒥ, ᓄᓇᑦᓯᐊᕐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᑉᓰᓐᓇᕐᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂᒃ ᔫᑳᓐᒥ. ᓴᓇᖃᑦᑕᓚᐅᕐᒥᔪᖅ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᓄᓇᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐳᕆᑎᔅ ᑲᓚᒻᐱᔭᒥ, ᐃᐅᐳᑕᒥ, ᓴᔅᑳᑦᑐᐊᓐᒥ, ᒪᓂᑑᐸᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓂᐅᕕᓐᓛᓐ ᓚᐸᑐᐊᕆᒥᓗ, ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ. ᓴᓇᑉᓗᓂ ᒥᑭᔪᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂᒃ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᕆᔭᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᕙᓪᓕᐊᓕᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᒍᕐᓯᒪᓐ. “ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᖑᖃᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᓄᒃ ᑲᒪᒋᓯᒪᔭᕋ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᑭᒍᑎᓂᒎᖅ ᐋᓐᓂᖃᑦᑕᕐᒪᑦ ᖁᐊᖅᑐᕌᖓᒥ. ᑕᒡᕙ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᕆᔭᐅᔪᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓕᖅᑳᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔭᕋ; ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᑎᒍᑦ ᓂᕿᒋᔭᐅᕙᒃᑐᖅ.” ᐊᓯᖓᓗ ᑭᒍᑎᓕᕆᔭᕋ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐊᖑᓚᔪᓐᓇᐃᓪᓕᒐᒥ, ᑲᒥᓕᐅᕈᑎᒋᕙᒃᑕᖓ. ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᒍᓱᒃᓯᒪᓂᕐᒥᓄᑦ ᐊᕐᓇᕐᒥᒃ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥ ᓴᓇᖃᑎᖃᕈᓐᓇᓚᐅᕐᓂᕐᒥᓄᑦ, ᓗᐃᓴ ᒪᓐᓂᒃ, ᑐᓵᔨᒋᑉᓗᒍ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑎᒋᑉᓗᒍᓗ, “ᐃᓐᓇᕆᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᖃᑦᑕᓚᐅᕐᒪᑕ. ᓗᐃᓴ ᐅᕙᒻᓂᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᖃᑦᑕᓕᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᖏᓐᓂᒃ. ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓕᑦᑎᔭᕆᐊᖃᓪᓚᕆᓚᐅᖅᑐᖓ.” ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥ ᐱᓱᓗᒃᑎᓪᓗᖓ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓄᓇᒧᙵᐅᔾᔭᐅᔭᕌᖓᒥ, ᑐᒃᑐᓕᐊᕈᔾᔭᐅᔭᕌᖓᒥ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᒐᓱᒃᑐᓂᒃ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᔭᕌᖓᒥ, “ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᕈᑎᒥᒃ ᓇᒃᓴᐃᓐᓇᖃᑦᑕᓚᐅᖅᑐᖓ ᔭᐸᒪ ᐊᑖᓃᖦᖢᒍ ᓂᒡᓕᖁᓇᒍ.” ‘ᐊᑐᖅᑐᐊᙳᐊᖅᑐᕕᓂᖅ’ ᐅᑉᓗᒥᐅᓕᖅᑐᖅ, ᒍᕐᓯᒪᓐ ᐱᐅᓯᔪᐊ, ᒪᓂᑑᐸᒥᐅᑕᖅ, ᓄᓕᐊᓂᓗ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᕿᒻᒥᓂ, ᑏᑲ. ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᓯᒪᔭᖏᑦ ᑐᖅᑯᖅᓯᒪᑐᐃᓐᓇᓚᐅᖅᑕᖏᑦ ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓕᐅᖅᑲᖅᓯᒪᓇᑎᒃ ᐃᒡᓗᖓᓂ – ᖃᑯᑎᒃᑯᑦ ᓇᒃᓯᐅᔾᔨᕙᒃᖢᓂ ᐊᔾᔨᓂᒃ ᐃᓚᓐᓈᕐᒥᓄᑦ, ᖃᑕᙳᑎᒥᓄᓪᓗ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖕᓄᑦ “ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐊᔾᔨᓂᒃ ᓴᓂᕋᒃᑯᑦ ᑕᐅᑐᒍᑎᖓ ᐱᑕᖃᕈᓐᓃᑳᓪᓚᖕᒪᑦ,” – ᐸᓂᖓ, ᐃᒪᓕ, “ᐊᑐᖅᑐᐊᙳᐊᖅᑐᕕᓂᖅ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐊᕆᓯᒪᔭᒃᑲᓂᒃ ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓕᐅᖅᑲᖅᖢᓂᒋᑦ” ᐅᕙᒻᓂᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᙱᓈᖅᖢᓂ. ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᓯᒪᓕᖅᑐᖅ ᖃᑉᓯᑲᓪᓚᖕᓂᒃ ᐊᔾᔨᖃᕐᕕᖕᓂᒃ ᓇᐅᔮᕐᒥᐅᑕᐅᓚᐅᕐᓂᕐᒥᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᓪᓕᓂ 1980-ᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓕᐅᖅᑲᖅᓯᒪᑉᓗᒋᑦ Facebook-ᑯᑎᒍᑦ. “ᐊᔾᔨᑦ ᑕᑯᑎᑦᑐᒪᒐᑉᑭᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᓃᖃᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᒥᓂᒃ ᑕᑯᔪᓐᓇᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ,” ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ. ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᖅᑕᕋ Hᐊᑕ ᖁᓖᑦ–ᑲᑕ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᑕᖅ, ᑕᑯᑎᑦᑎᔪᓐᓇᓚᐅᕐᒪᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᓯᒪᔭᒃᑲᓂᒃ Facebook-ᑯᑦ ᓴᓪᓕᕐᒥᐅᓄᑦ ᓇᐅᔮᕐᒥᐅᓄᓪᓗ, ᑕᒪᒃᑯᐊ ᑲᑎᓯᒪᔭᒃᑲ ᖁᕕᐊᒋᔭᐅᑦᑎᐊᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ. “ᐅᖃᓕᒫᖅᖢᒋᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ, ᐊᒃᑐᐊᓂᖃᓕᕐᒥᔪᖓ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ ᓇᐅᔮᓂ,” ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᒍᕐᓯᒪᓐ. “ᐊᒥᓱᑦ ᑕᐃᑉᑯᐊ ᓄᑕᖅᑲᑦ ᑕᐅᑐᕐᕉᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᔭᒃᑲ ᓄᑕᕋᐅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᓈᓇᑦᑎᐊᖑᓕᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᑖᑕᑦᑎᐊᖑᓕᖅᑐᑦ. ᐊᔾᔨᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᒃᐱᖕᓇᖅᑐᒻᒪᕇᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᒥᓱᑦ ᐊᔾᔨ ᐃᓅᖃᑎᒥᓄᑦ ᑕᑯᑎᑕᐅᓲᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᖅᑲᐅᒪᔾᔪᑕᐅᕙᒃᖢᑎᒃ.” ᒍᕐᓯᒪᓐ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐊᔾᔨᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᕐᓇᕐᒪᑕ ᓴᓇᕝᕕᒋᓚᐅᖅᑕᒥᓂᒃ. “ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᔾᔨᕈᓱᓕᖅᑎᑦᑎᒍᑎᒋᓯᒪᖕᒥᔭᕋ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᓇᐅᒃᑰᖅᓯᒪᖕᒪᖔᑕ,” ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ. “ᐅᒃᐱᕈᓱᒃᑐᖓ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒦᑎᓪᓗᖓ ᑐᓵᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᓯᓚᐅᕋᒪ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᑐᐃᓐᓈᓗᖃᑦᑕᙱᖦᖢᖓ. ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᑎᕈᓐᓇᕈᒪ ᓴᓇᖃᑦᑕᓚᐅᕐᓂᕋ ᐱᒋᐊᕈᑎᒋᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓗᒍ, ᓱᓕᑉᓗᖓ ᐅᖃᖅᑐᖓ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᓐᓇᔭᕐᓂᒻᓄᑦ. ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᓐᓂᖅᓴᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᑎᑎᕋᕐᕕᖕᒦᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᑦᑕᕋᔭᕐᓂᕐᒥᒃ 40-ᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᓂᒃ ᐅᖓᑖᓂᓗ.”

Roller skating was all the rage in the 1980s and these people clearly found it fun. Photo courtesy of Darryl Gershman

ᒪᕐᕉᒃ ᓄᑲᑉᐱᐊᑯᓘᒃ ᓯᑐᕋᖅᑑᒃ ᓇᐅᔮᓂ.

ᓯᓯᓕᐊ ᒪᑲᓚᒻ, ᓯᓯᐅᓪ ᓴᓐᓂᖅᑖᓐᓄᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑎᐅᕈᓪ ᒍᕐᓯᒪᓐ ᑭᒍᓯᕆᕝᕕᓕᐊᖑᓯᒪᔪᒥ ᑐᓴᕐᕕᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᐅᑉ ᐃᒐᕝᕕᖓᓂᒃ ᓇᐅᔮᓂ.

Two boys sledding down a snowy hill in Naujaat. Photo courtesy of Darryl Gershman

ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᖃᑉᓗᓈᑎᑐᑦ ᐅᖃᕆᐅᖅᓴᕐᓂᕐᒥᒃ. Cecelia MacCallum, Cecile Sanertanut and Darryl Gershman at the portable dental clinic set up in the Tusarvik School kitchen in Naujaat. Photo courtesy of Darryl Gershman

ᓚᐃᒥᑭ ᒪᓕᑭ ᓯᕿᓐᓂᖅᓯᐅᑎᓂᒃ ᐃᒡᒑᒃᓯᒪᔪᖅ 1980-ᖏᓐᓂᒃ.

Lammiki Malliki sporting hip 1980s sunglasses. Photo courtesy of Darryl Gershman A group of students taking evening English classes. Photo courtesy of Darryl Gershman


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fact file Nunavut COVID-19 situation as of Oct. 17 Active cases: 8 Confirmed cases: 674 Recovered cases: 662 Deaths: 4

Vaccine uptake: 25,249 first doses – 86 per cent over age 12 22,218 second doses – 76 per cent over age 12

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Source: Government of Nunavut Department of Health

ᐊᑎᓕᐅᖅᑎᑦᑎᔪᖃᖅᑐᖅ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᐅᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐃᑦ

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‘ᐃᓱᒪᒋᙱᑐᐃᓐᓇᕈᓐᓇᙱᓐᓇᑉᑎᒍᑦ ᐊᑐᕚᒦᑎᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓗᒋᑦ,’ ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᒥᓂᔅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᒪᓃᑦᑐᖅ ᑕᒻᓴᓐ Northern News Services

Last year’s Northwestel directory art contest winner for Nunavut was Baker Lake’s Kaytlyn Amitnak, with her painting Dancing Grizzly Bear. Photo courtesy of Northwestel

Northwestel holding 2022-23 art competition

Nunavut/NWT Northwestel is hosting its annual contest to see which northern artist will have their work featured on its 202223 phone book. Works to be considered must be two-dimensional, original, hand-rendered artwork (acrylic, oil, watercolour, silkscreen, etc) or digital visual artworks (digital painting, drawing, or computer-generated still images). The artwork cannot have already been published, reproduced in any format or exhibited, and the artist should not have future plans to sell, publish, reproduce or exhibit the artwork. A maximum of two pieces may be submitted by each artist. Artists whose work has been featured on a Northwestel directory within the last four years are not eligible to enter. For more information on how to enter, artists can visit nwtel.ca/artcontest. Entries must be received by Oct. 25.

Beginners sewing program to start in November

Rankin Inlet Community Wellness Ranking Inlet is going to start the Arnait Ajungitut Beginners Sewing Program starting on Nov. 1 to 5, for those 36 years of age and up who are interested in learning how to sew mitts, hats, or slippers out of seal skin, leather, sheepskin or beaver. Deadline to sign up will be on Oct. 27, to sign up contact Christina Best at the Hamlet Office (645-2895, ext 1006), or email wellness@rankininlet.ca

Hamlet hosting workshops for single moms

Arviat The Hamlet is hosting a Single Mothers Group consisting of a number of workshops for single mothers in the community. These include an Elders discussion, art therapy, cooking and a sewing project. There are 20 spots consisting of two groups of 10, and the program runs throughout Nov. Workshop sessions will take place at the visitors centre from 7 to 9 p.m. on different dates for each group. Those who are interested can contact either Patt Kigusiutnar or Stephanie Bell at the Hamlet Office: 857-2841 ext: 1003 or 1019.

ᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᐅᖃᑦᑕᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᔪᖅ ᐊᑎᓕᐅᕈᑎᒥᒃ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᐅᓯᕚᓪᓕᖅᑎᑦᑎᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐅᓯᕝᕕᖕᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᕗᒥ. “ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐃᑦ ᓂᐱᖃᙱᒻᒪᑕ – ᐅᕙᑉᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᑐᙵᑎᖃᕋᓱᖕᒪᑕ ᓂᐱᖃᕈᒪᑉᓗᑎᒃ,” ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᐊᑎᓕᐅᑎᑦᑎᒍᑕᐅᓇᓱᒃᑐᖅ. “ᐃᓚᒥᓃᑦᑐᒪᔪᑦ ᓄᓇᒥᓃᑦᑐᒪᔪᓪᓗ. ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᓅᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᕐᒪᑕ… ᐊᐅᓪᓚᖅᑎᑕᐅᒐᔪᒃᑐᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᓯᓚᑖᓄᑦ ᖃᑉᓗᓈᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᓄᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ – ᓅᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᓄᑑᑎᑕᐅᔭᖅᑐᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᑎᔾᔮᕈᓐᓃᖅᖢᑎᒃ. ᐸᕐᓇᐅᑎᖃᕆᐊᓕᒃ, ᐅᑉᓗᒥ ᐊᑐᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ – ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᙱᑦᑐᖅ – ᐃᓂᖃᕈᓐᓇᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐃᑦ.” ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᒥᓂᔅᑕᐅᖃᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᒧᑦ ᒪᓃᑦᑐᖅ ᑕᒻᓴᓐᒧᑦ, ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓄᓪᓗ, ᐊᑎᓕᐅᕈᑎ ᐊᐱᕆᔪᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐅᓯᕝᕕᖕᓂᒃ ᓴᓇᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᑐᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᑖᙳᖅᑎᕐᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐅᓯᕝᕕᐅᓕᐊᓂᒃᑐᑦ. ᐊᐱᕆᓯᒪᔪᖅᑕᐅᖅ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᔪᕈᓐᓃᖅᓴᕈᑎᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂᒃ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᐅᔪᓐᓇᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐃᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᓗᑎᒃ ᐸᕐᓇᐅᑎᓂᒃ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐃᑦ ᖃᑉᓗᓈᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᓃᑦᑐᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒧᑦ ᐅᑎᖅᑎᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ. ᐊᑎᓕᐅᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖅ ᓴᖅᑭᑦᑐᖅ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᑐᒃᑰᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐃᑦ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᐅᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᖏᑦ ᖃᓄᖅᑑᕈᑕᐅᔭᕆᐊᖃᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒥ. ᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᑎᑐᑦ, ᔮᓐ ᒪᐃᓐ, ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᑦ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᖓᓂᒃ - ᑎᑭᕋᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥᓗ, ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᐱᖅᑯᑎᖃᓚᐅᕐᒪᑦ ᐸᕐᓇᐅᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᒥᒃᓴᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑕᐅᕝᕕᒃᓴᖏᓐᓄᑦ “ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐊᓘᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᐅᑲᐅᑎᒋᓯᒪᙱᓐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ.” “ᓈᒻᒪᒃᓴᙱᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᖓ ᐸᕐᓇᐅᑕᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᐅᑉᓗᒥᒧᑦ … ᐃᒃᐱᒍᓱᒃᑲᒪ ᒐᕙᒪᒋᔭᖅᐳᑦ ᑐᙵᕕᖃᑦᑎᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓯᒪᙱᒻᒪᑕ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐅᓯᕝᕕᑦ ᒥᒃᓵᓄᑦ,” ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂᓗ 2020 ᐅᑭᐊᒃᓵᖓᓂ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑏᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ. “ᐊᐃᑦᑖᖑᒐᓗᐊᖅ, ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑕᐅᖅᑳᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐃᒪᓐᓈᖅᑐᕈᑎᒋᔪᒪᔭᖅᐳᑦ, ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᕆᓇᓱᒃᑕᖏᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐅᓯᕝᕕᑦ ᒥᒃᓵᓄᑦ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᐅᔫᔭᕐᒪᑕ ᒪᑐᓯᒪᔪᒃᑯᑦ.” ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᖏᑦᑕ ᐸᕐᓇᐅᑎᖓ ᓴᓇᔪᒪᓂᕐᒧᑦ 24-ᓂᒃ ᐃᒡᓕᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐃᓂᒋᔭᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓗᒍ 2021-ᒥ. ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᓴᓇᔭᐅᔪᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᖢᓂ ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᑎᐊᕐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ 48-ᓂᒃ ᐃᒡᓕᖃᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ. ᑭᓯᐊᓂᓕ, ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᑐᒃᓯᕋᐅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᖁᕐᓗᖅᑑᕐᒧᑦ, ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᖕᒧᑦ, ᖃᒪᓂ’ᑐᐊᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑭᙵᕐᓄᑦ ᐋᒃᑳᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᑉᓗᑎᒃ. ᑕᒻᓴᓐ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᑕᐃᒪᑐᕉᖅ ᐊᑎᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᑎᑕᖓ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᓄᓇᕗᒥᐅᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᖃᖅᑳᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐅᑐᐱᕆ 25-ᒥ. “ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᖅ ᓈᒻᒪᖅᑰᖅᑐᖅ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᐅᒃᐸᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᒋᐊᖅᑳᖅᑎᓐᓇᒋᑦ,” ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ. ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕈᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᑕᐃᑉᓱᒪᓂ ᓴᖅᑭᒃᑲᓐᓂᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᑕᒻᓴᓐ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᑦᑎᐊᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐃᑦ ᐊᐅᓪᓚᖅᑎᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᖃᑉᓗᓈᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᓄᑦ. “ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕈᑕᐅᕙᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᑉᑎᓐᓄᑦ 1960-ᒋᔭᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᒃᑲᓐᓂᖅᑑᔭᓕᕋᑉᑎᒍᑦ,” ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ, ᐃᓛᒃᑰᖓᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᖅ ᖃᓄᐃᑦᑑᓂᖏᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᒥᓱᓂᒃ ᐳᕙᒡᓗᒡᕕᓕᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᖃᑦᑕᓚᐅᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ 1940-ᖏᓐᓂᒃ, 1950ᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ 1960-ᖏᓐᓂᒃ. ᑕᒪᕐᒥᒃ ᒪᓕᒃᑕᒃᓴᓕᐊᖑᔪᑦ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᑐᒃᑰᕈᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ “ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕐᒥᓂᒃ ᐊᓯᐅᔨᓯᒪᓕᖅᖢᑎᒃ” ᐊᒻᒪᓗ “ᐃᓅᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᑎᑕᐅᔪᓂᒃ.” 40 ᐅᖓᑖᓃᑦᑐᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐃᑦ Embassy West

ᒪᓃᑦᑐᖅ ᑕᒻᓴᓐ ᐊᑎᓕᐅᖅᑎᑦᑎᔪᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᖏᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᕐᕕᖕᓂᒃ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᒃᓴᓕᐅᖁᔨᑉᓗᓂ ᐊᑐᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᑕᐅᓗᑎᒃ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᕆᐊᓖᑦ.

Manitok Thompson has launched a petition calling upon the Government of Nunavut to build an Elder care home in each community and fix existing ones. Photo courtesy of Manitok Thompson

ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐅᓯᕝᕕᖕᒦᑦᑐᑦ ᐊᑐᕚᒥ, ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᑕᒻᓴᓐ, ᓂᐱᖃᖅᑎᐅᓕᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᕐᓄᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒐᒥ ᐃᓚᓐᓇᕆᔭᖓ ᑕᐃᑲᓂ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐅᓯᕝᕕᖕᒦᓕᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ, ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ. ᖃᐅᔨᓚᐅᖅᑕᕋ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐅᓯᕝᕕᖕᒧᙵᐅᒐᒪ 2016-ᒥ. ᑕᒻᓴᓐ, ᐊᑐᕚᒥᐅᑕᖅ, ᖃᐅᔨᓕᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓚᓐᓇᕆᔭᖓ ᑕᒥ ᐸᑐᓕᒃ, ᓄᓇᕗᒥᐅᑕᖅ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᖅ ᑕᐃᑲᓃᓐᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᓇᓗᓕᐅᖅᑲᓯᒪᔭᖓ ᐊᒥᓱᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᓂᒃ. ᐃᓚᖏᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓚᐅᙱᑦᑐᑦ ᐃᓅᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᑐᖑᖓᓕᕋᓱᒋᔭᖓᓕᐅᒐᓗᐊᖅ, ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ. ᑕᒻᓴᓐ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐃᓚᖏᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐃᑦ Embassy Westᒦᑦᑐᑦ ᐊᐅᓪᓚᖅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᑕᐃᑉᓱᒪᓂ ᐳᕙᒡᓗᒡᕕᖕᒧᑦ 1960ᖏᓐᓂᒃ, “ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᖅ ᐅᑭᐅᖃᓕᖅᖢᑎᒃ 70-ᓂᒃ 80-ᓂᒃ, ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᐅᓪᓚᖅᑎᓯᒪᓕᕆᑉᓗᓂᒋᑦ ᖃᑉᓗᓈᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᓄᑦ ᐱᔨᑦᓯᕋᖅᑕᐅᑦᑎᐊᖅᓯᒪᓇᑎᒃ ᓴᓚᐅᓱᑦᑎᐊᕈᓐᓇᖅᑐᒃᑯᑦ. ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᓈᒻᒪᙱᑦᑐᖅ ᐅᑉᓗᒥᐅᔪᖅ.” ᑕᒻᓴᓐ ᓂᕆᐅᒃᑐᖅ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᐅᓂᐊᓕᖅᑐᑦ ᑕᒪᑐᒥᙵ ᑲᒪᒋᐊᕐᓂᐊᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ “ᓯᓚᑖᒍᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᓕᕆᓂᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᑐᒃᑯᑦ,” ᐃᒪᓐᓇᐃᒻᒪᑦ “ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑎᒍᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒃᑰᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅᐸᑕ, ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐃᑦ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᖅᓯᒪᓕᔾᔮᙱᑦᑐᑦ ᖁᓕᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᓂᒃ ᖃᐃᔪᓂᒃ.” ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᖏᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᖃᖁᓯᒪᔭᖏᑦ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᓐᓂᒃ ᓄᑖᙳᖅᑎᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐅᓯᕝᕕᑦ ᐃᓂᒃᓴᖅᑖᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐃᑦ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓂᑖᓪᓚᑦᑖᖅᑳᖅᑎᓐᓇᒋᑦ “ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᖁᑎᒋᔭᖅᐳᑦ, ᑖᑉᑯᐊ Embassy West-ᒦᑦᑐᑦ, ᐊᑯᓂᐅᙱᑦᑐᖅ ᓄᓇᒦᓐᓂᐊᓕᕐᒪᑕ. ᐅᑕᖅᑭᔾᔮᙱᑦᑐᑦ ᖁᓕᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᓂᒃ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᕐᓂᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ.” “ᐃᓱᒪᒋᙱᑐᐃᓐᓇᕈᓐᓇᙱᓕᖅᑕᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐃᑦ. ᐃᓱᒪᒋᙱᑐᐃᓐᓇᕈᓐᓇᙱᑕᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓕᑐᐃᓐᓇᕈᓐᓇᙱᓕᖅᑕᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᑐᕚᒥ,” ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ. “ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᓴᓇᔪᓐᓇᖅᐸᑕ ᐳᓚᕋᖅᑐᓕᕆᕝᕕᖕᓂᒃ, ᑎᖕᒥᓲᖃᕐᕕᖕᓂᒃ ᐅᑕᖅᑭᕕᖕᓂᒃ, ᓯᐊᕐᕆᔮᕐᕕᖕᓂᒃ, ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖕᓂᒃ – ᑕᒪᒃᑯᐊ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᐃᑦ – ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᓕᐅᕈᓐᓇᖅᐸᑕ, ᓄᑖᙳᖅᑎᕆᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᑦ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐅᓯᕝᕕᖕᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᐅᑲᐅᑎᒋᔪᓐᓇᖁᑉᓗᒍ.”


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A rendering showing the floor plan of Rankin Inlet’s planned 24-bed long-term care facility. Requests for similar facilities in Kugluktuk, Pond Inlet, Baker Lake and Kinngait have been rejected. Image courtesy of the Government of Nunavut

‘We cannot ignore them and just put them away in Ottawa,’ says former cabinet minister Manitok Thompson By Ezra Black Northern News Services

A Nunavut politician has launched a petition calling upon government officials to improve senior care in the territory. “Inuit Elders don’t have a voice – they rely on us to speak for them,” reads the petition. “They want to stay with their families and with their community. But they are being moved … often sent out of the territory to southern Canada – they are being removed and isolated to live alone and never return. “There should be a plan, today for each community – not just regional centres – to have space to care for Elders.” Created by former cabinet minister Manitok Thompson, and others, the petition asks the Government of Nunavut to build an Elder care home in each community and refurbish existing ones. It is also asking the government to start building skills in communities to meet Elders’ medical needs and to draw up plans to bring Elders under care in the south back to Nunavut. The petition comes amid criticism of the Elder care strategy in Nunavut. As Nunavut News has previously reported, John Main, the MLA for Arviat North-Whale Cove, called-out the GN’s existing plan for regional long-term care centres for being too “top-down”. “I’m deeply disappointed in the planning to date … I feel that our government has built its position on a very poor foundation on Elder care,” he said during a fall 2020 sitting of the legislative assembly. “Unfortunately, since the development of our mandate, it appears much of the government’s work on Elder care has shifted to behind closed doors.” The GN plans to build a 24-bed long-term care centre in Rankin Inlet beginning in 2021. Another

24-bed facility will be built in Cambridge Bay and a 48-bed care centre will be located in Iqaluit. However, requests for similar facilities in Kugluktuk, Pond Inlet, Baker Lake and Kinngait have been rejected. Thompson said she hopes the petition can be tabled in the legislative assembly following the territorial election on Oct. 25. “I think it’s the right timing before the elected members take their seats,” she said. Repeating the past Thompson didn’t mince words about the practice of sending Elders to southern facilities. “We’re repeating the 1960s with our Elders,” she said, drawing a parallel between the current situation and the federal government’s forceful send-off of many Inuit tuberculosis patients during the epidemics of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Both policies caused widespread suffering for Indigenous people in Canada and a “loss of language” and “social values.” Since 2014, a number of Nunavummiut Elders have been sent to live in long-term care facilities in the south because of a lack of capacity in the territory, according to the GN’s Continuing Care in Nunavut plan 2015 to 2035. “The monthly cost ranges from $3,900 to $5,900 for each out-of-territory long-term care resident,” it states. “Family Services is funding at least one of the out-of-territory long-term care residents.” Over 40 Elders are currently staying at the Embassy West Senior Living centre in Ottawa, said Thompson, who became an advocate for Elders after personally discovering that her missing friend had been living at the facility, she said. It happened on a visit to the centre in 2016. Thompson, who lives in Ottawa, unexpectedly found her friend Tommy Partridge, a Nunavut

Elder who had been missing for years. His family was unaware he was living thousands of kilometres from his home and thought he was dead, she said. “I went there because an Elder had specifically asked for me to come and visit her and to pray with her,” she said. “I’m walking down the hall and I saw this man that was from Rankin Inlet, Tommy Partridge. I posted (a photo of) him on Facebook. I said, ‘I found Tommy Partridge, he’s here in Embassy West.’” Thompson said some of the Elders staying at Embassy West were sent down south for tuberculosis treatment in the 1960s, “and now that they are in their 70s and 80s, the government is sending them back down south with no services to make them feel comfortable. It’s unacceptable in this day and age.” Thompson hopes the new MLAs will address the issue “outside the box of the usual big government bureaucracy,” because “If they go through the regular government process, we’re not going to see Elder homes for the next 10 years.” She called on the GN to work with municipal governments to renovate existing buildings to find accommodations for Elders in the short-term until more permanent spaces can be found “because our Elders, these ones that are in Embassy West, they don’t have long to live. They are not going to wait another 10 years to go home.” “We cannot ignore the Elders anymore. We cannot ignore them and just put them away in Ottawa,” she said. “If the government can build tourism buildings, terminal buildings, arenas, schools – these are very important – but if they can do that, surely, they can renovate existing buildings in the communities to address this issue as soon as possible,” she continued.


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NTI taking GN to court over incomplete Inuit language education Land claims organization gives territorial government five years to adopt Inuktut from kindergarten to Grade 12 By Derek Neary Northern News Services Nunavut

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated is taking the Government of Nunavut to court over a failure to make full Inuit language education — from kindergarten to Grade 12 — a reality in the territory. The land claims organization is giving the territorial government five years to meet the goal and six months to come up with a plan, in consultation with NTI. “The Government of Nunavut failed to implement Inuit language education for all grades by 2019-20, as legislatively required, including failing to appropriately implement strategies and plans for achieving Inuit language education,” NTI states in its legal claim, filed on Oct. 13. “Thirteen years after the legislative guarantee of Inuit language education in Nunavut was established, Inuit language education in Nunavut has been reduced, not increased. During this period, rates of Inuit language use by the Inuit of Nunavut have declined.” The GN has delayed the target date to deliver a full Inuktitut education to 2039. This is “causing Inuit students’ loss of the Inuit language and Inuit culture, and undermining Inuit students’ ability to achieve their educational potential and perpetuating historical disadvantages. These harms will likely continue and worsen for generations of Inuit students, threatening the existence of the Inuit language in Nunavut,” according to NTI.

The land claims organization is alleging the GN has breached the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which states that “every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.” NTI is calling on the Nunavut Court of Justice to declare that “the minimization and postponement of Inuit language education across all grades in Nunavut causes unjustified discrimination and is therefore unconstitutional. “Nunavut’s current education system does not meet the needs of Inuit students or equip them to succeed in post-secondary education or thrive in employment and economic opportunities.” Inuit comprise approximately 94 per cent of the student body in Nunavut. However, 72 per cent of teachers and 77 per cent of principals in the territory are not Inuit nor Inuit language speakers, according to NTI’s claim. The relatively small number of Inuit primarily teach elementary grades, it adds. Also named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Bernice Tujjaaqtuqaq Clarke, a 46-year-old Inuit language instruction student, mother, entrepreneur, and a beneficiary under the Nunavut land claim, and Lily Anne Maniapik, a 33-year-old Qikiqtani program manager with Ilitaqsiniq (the Nunavut Literacy Council), also a student, a mother and an Inuk enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement. Both women have been teaching the Inuit language to their

children and they want them to be able to pursue the language at higher grade levels in school. The Auditor General of Canada found in 2013 that the GN was not meeting targets for implementing Inuit language education, “including failing to train sufficient Inuit Language-speaking teachers and language specialists,” NTI’s claim reads.” The audit found that the pace of the development of Inuit language curriculum and learning materials over a 10-year period was only at 50 per cent of what was expected. The Government of Nunavut committed to take steps to address its failure and to facilitate implementation of Inuit language education in accordance with the Education Act’s mandated schedule. It failed to do so.” Nunavut Tunngavik also cites a 2006 report by the late Justice Thomas Berger that informed the GN of the harms caused by a lack of Inuit language education. NTI asserts that the territorial government’s failure to provide Inuit language education across all grades contributes to higher non-attendance and non-graduation rates among Inuit, Inuit students leaving school without proficiency in Inuktut or English and poorer educational outcomes. Furthermore, Nunavut Tunngavik asserts that this issue creates or worsens “the gaps in socio-economic indicators, representation in public employment, and income between Inuit and non-Inuit in Nunavut.” Nunavut Tunngavik points to successes in Nunavik (northern Quebec) and in Greenland, where the Inuit language is delivered more broadly to

students. The GN could make progress by “recruiting, training and retaining Inuit language-speaking teachers, developing appropriate curricula, more broadly including Inuit in education governance in the territory and investing in infrastructure,” according to NTI. Nunavut’s population comprises 85 per cent Inuit, but only 64 per cent of them reported using Inuktut in the 2016 Canadian census, and that is “further declining at an alarming rate,” according to NTI. The GN has 30 days from being served the statement of claim to file a defence or make an appearance in court.

”Rather than proactively empowering Inuit students at every level and investing the resources based on Inuit priorities, our government has diminished the existing language rights of Nunavut Inuit,” says Nunavut Tunngavik President Aluki Kotierk. NNSL file photo


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Lena Siutinuar packs her baby doll. Photo courtesy of Darryl Gershman A wide shot of the community as it was in the early 1980s. Photo courtesy of Darryl Gershman

Darryl Gershman shared some of over 10,000 slides taken during his career By Ezra Black Northern News Services

Darryl Gershman was only supposed to spend one year away from his private practice in Winnipeg. But in 1980 the young dentist – then working in Manitoba’s Peguis First Nation – took an instructor job at the National School of Dental Therapy (NSDT) in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. The result was a decades-long career that brought him to many rural, remote and underserved communities across the North – and over 10,000 individual Kodachrome slides. “The photos were a personal documentation of the community and my experiences,” Gershman told Kivalliq News in an email interview. “I wasn’t very good at keeping a journal so the photos were my journal.” From the late 1970s until his recent retirement, Gershman visited about 30 communities throughout Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and a few communities in the Yukon. He also worked in Indigenous communities in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador, he said. On one such visit to provide dental services in Arviat, Naujaat and Chesterfield Inlet, he flew out of Churchill on a Calm Air Hawker Siddeley 748 with his portable dental equipment and supplies, “I was the first dentist to visit these three communities in more than a year so there was a huge backlog of dental emergencies.” “Naujaat really had no clinic for a dentist to work so I worked

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in a tiny patient room in the nursing station,” he said. “In later visits I worked in a supply storage room in the nursing station, the shops room in the school and, if available, I was allowed to use the school kitchen for my clinic.” Experiencing these small communities was a new cultural experience for Gershman. “One of the first people I treated complained that a tooth hurt when he was eating raw frozen caribou. This was one of my first cross-cultural lessons; traditional diet.” Another patient reported she was having trouble chewing hides, a process she used when making sealskin mukluks. He said he was fortunate to have a young woman from the community, Louisa Manik, working with him as an interpreter and assistant, “because the adults spoke mostly Inuktitut. Louisa also began patiently teaching me about some of the Inuit customs and culture. And I had much to learn.” While walking through the communities or whenever people took him for day trips to see historic sites, look for caribou or ice fish, “my camera would be tucked under my parka to keep warm.” ‘Secretly borrowed’ These days, Gershman lives in Beausejour, Manitoba, with his wife and their dog, Teeka. His thousands of slides were sitting mostly idle and undigitized in his house – occasionally seen in slide presentations to friends, family and at some schools “until the slide projector became obsolete,” – until his daughter, Emily, “secretly borrowed some of my binders of old slides and digitized them.” “She did this secretly as a surprise for me, sneaking a few of my slide albums out of the house when she visited,” said Gershman. He has since published several albums that offer a glimpse of daily life in Naujaat and Coral Harbour in the 1980s to Facebook. “I wanted to share the photos hoping that some of the people depicted would see them,” he said. Thanks to Heather Kolit-Carter in Rankin Inlet, who first shared the photos on Facebook with people in Coral Harbour and Naujaat, the collection has generated a positive response online. “Reading all the comments, does reconnect me with my time in Naujaat,” said Gershman. “Many of those kids whose faces were frozen in my memory as kids are grandparents now. The response to the photos has been overwhelming and there is a lot of photo sharing and memories recalled.” Gershman said the photographs have motivated him to reflect back on a unique and interesting career. “It’s also given me a valuable insight into the lives and history of Canada’s Indigenous people,” he said. “I believe that throughout my time in the North I learned to listen more and talk less. And if I had my career to do all over again, I could honestly say I would. It was way more interesting than working in an office for 40 plus years.”

Glenda Kripanik was bundled up against the cold in this close-up shot. Photo courtesy of Darryl Gershman

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Simona Kringayark working with customers at the co-op. Photo courtesy of Darryl Gershman

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A game of floor hockey between young men in the community. Photo courtesy of Darryl Gershman


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Coral Harbour This is Devlin Ell, 9 years old, with his first caribou catch from Coral Harbour.

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