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NEWS: Nunavut July 12, 2018 - 8:25 am

Hunter training now online in Nunavut

"Our main goal is to make hunting education easily accessible to Nunavummiut"

Online training could help Nunavut hunters learn about safety and regulations around wildlife harvesting in the territory. (FILE PHOTO)
Online training could help Nunavut hunters learn about safety and regulations around wildlife harvesting in the territory. (FILE PHOTO)

In Nunavut, family members usually pass down traditional skills like hunting and harvesting.

But now, you can get help online with learning to hunt, according to the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Environment.

And you can do it for free.

That’s after the department launched, on July 5, an online hunter education course, the first one of its kind in Nunavut.

“It teaches new and inexperienced participants to become responsible ethical hunters, and helps seasoned hunters improve their knowledge and skills,” a July 6 news release said.

You’ll also learn about hunting safety and about rules and regulations for hunting in the territory.

There are 10 chapters in the new course and the department says it should take about five hours to finish. The course doesn’t have a deadline for completion once you’ve started it.

“Our main goal is to make hunting education easily accessible to Nunavummiut,” said Nunavut’s environment minister, Jeannie Ehaloak. “This resource aims to teach how to hunt safely, responsibly and respectfully, and outline the importance of wildlife conservation and management in Nunavut.”

After you finish the course, you can pick up a certificate, a badge and a new hat from your local conservation officer.

But that’s not to say that online schooling is any substitute for the real thing.

“The Department of Environment encourages Nunavummiut to learn hunting safety skills through hands-on training and practice whenever possible, from an experienced hunter,” the news release said.

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(9) Comments:

#1. Posted by Excellent example on July 12, 2018

The lead photo in this article is an excellent example of caribou in extreme panic. 

The intense speed of their running and the distance swimming to get away fast, are caribou under intense fear.

Is this OK, GN Hunting Training to put caribou into this type of stress for a certificate and hat?

Or is this a very low flying helicopter buzzing them – to hunt – to tag – to take photo’s?

#2. Posted by Try this too? on July 13, 2018

Maybe they could teach some of the locals here in Rankin not to shoot animals and leave them rotting on the ground. Or, to take all the meat, not just to good parts, then leave it rotting on the ground.

This is what’s happening here right now. Real ‘traditional’

#3. Posted by Bob Gribber on July 13, 2018

#1. The photo clearly states FILE PHOTO, as in it came from Nunatsiaq News; why would you think that this has anything to do with the GN’s Hunter Education Program?

#4. Posted by Good on July 13, 2018

So many young people live with single mothers and have no one to teach them.

Hopefully this will get alot of coverage so they will be able to tune in and benefit by it.

#5. Posted by Teach on July 14, 2018

Hopefully teach about how to hunt for food, not just killing animals for that sake only. I see it all the time in Nunavik, poor hunting skills. Supposedly out hunting, but slaughtering instead, with piles of animals that rot, or get thrown in the dump.

#6. Posted by Where have all the fathers gone? on July 16, 2018

Where are the fathers? In jail? It’s the sign of the times, in the internet age, where hunters must rely on online hunting courses. Not saying , this is totally wrong, but it’s not surprising to see this in inuit society’s. Gone are the days of traditional skills. Comment # 4? Many women are hunters too, please allow them to hunt and teach, as at least someone could keep the traditional skills alive, with hopes of reviving the hunt. Otherwise keep playing hunting video games., that way, theseonline courses could become an extension of the skill kid, now a professional online trained hunter.

#7. Posted by Nanuq of the North wannabe on July 17, 2018

Professor Inukshoot Wassahunta may be yet be able to have a career in teaching hunting skills at the local school or college by going out to the land with their students weeks at a time & maybe Dr. Hide Tanner can finally have her career keep traditional hunting clothing growing until they are more popular and in demand for their…

#8. Posted by Wannebe on July 18, 2018

I’m not sure what poster #7 is trying to commicate, but one thing I do know, and that’s traditional skills are going faster than the internet will keep up. There’s no need to have these skills lost. People need to lay down the alcohol, and drugs, and start living life. Everywhere you look in our small population, there’s violence, alcohol fuel accidents, suicides, child neglect. And , the saddest of all is the blame is put on them over there. The devil or lack of Jesus, or Europeans, and christians. Responsibility needs to shift back to the ones doing the behaviour. People need to become proud again.

#9. Posted by It’s the internet’s fault on July 19, 2018

Hunting skills are being lost because our children are using the internet too much, there. Residential school and outside influences are the blame for our children’s lost of culture, and now the internet’s makes it more so. We have the right to blame.

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