Nunavut’s Education Department heads out on a vision quest

Government hires consultant to design 10-year blueprint for school system

Saying they’ve been caught off guard by rapid change, the Government of Nunavut has hired DPRA Canada Inc., the Canadian subsidiary of a U.S.-based consulting firm, to design a 10-year blueprint for its Department of Education, procurement documents state. “Fast emerging challenges remain a real barrier to the Government of Nunavut (GN) Turaaqtavut mandate and…

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Sealskin pumps

Nicole Camphaug of ENB Artisan, who designs jewellery and sealskin shoes, works her popular table at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s Inuit Marketplace, held at at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre on Wednesday, May 15. Eager customers buzzed around in search of sealskin products and other Inuit goods. ITK held the Inuit Marketplace just prior to its A Taste of the Arctic event that evening. Other artists at the marketplace included Nuvuja9, InukChic and Kaajuk. “How great to put so many Inuit artists in one place for people to purchase items they may not otherwise get a chance to see,” Camphaug said on Facebook. (Photo by Kahlan Miron)

City of Montreal honours former Makivik president

Donat Savoie, left, a long-time and since retired advisor to Makivik Corp. is pictured with former Makivik Corp. president Jobie Tukkiapik, who received the Order of Montreal May 17. Savoie helped nominate Tukkiapik for the honour, to acknowledge the work he did for Inuit living in Montreal during his presidency from 2012 to 2018. Over that period, Makivik had invested some $3 million into different initiatives to support homeless and at-risk Inuit living in the city of Montreal. Tukkiapik was one of 17 dignitaries to receive the award last week. (Photo courtesy of D. Savoie)

Nanook school qammaq burns

Apex residents awoke to a sad scene early this morning: the qammaq at Nanook School burned last night, leaving only a charred frame of the structure remaining. “This structure was the centrepiece of our land-based outdoor education program,” wrote Nanook principal Matthew Knickelbein in a Facebook post this morning. “Much of the materials and labour were donated by local businesses and organizations, as well as lots of individual time and effort. We will rebuild. We will not let this setback curb our enthusiasm for providing such important educational opportunities to our students in our community. We will be organizing a fundraising campaign in the next few days… after we have a moment to grieve our loss.” In a tweet, Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern said she plans to work with the school and local businesses to rebuild. “I will ask the school principal Matt Knickelbein what is needed and happy to contact local businesses especially contractors about donations whether cash or materials,” she wrote. (Photo by Emma Tranter)

Congratulations, Nunavut Sivuniksavut’s class of 2019

It took “7,315,000 blinks” to bring Nunavut Sivuniksavut’s class of 2019 from the beginning of the school year to their graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 15, according to first year student Julie Alivaktuk in her graduation speech. Not quite the “blink of an eye” her teacher promised, but that only left more time to “learn, absorb and keep in our hearts.” The ceremony, which was held and live-streamed from Ottawa’s Museum of Nature, was filled with laughs, tears and fond farewells. The students were treated to congratulations from many Inuit leaders, like Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President Aluki Kotierk and Nunavut’s minister of education, David Joanisie. The Johnny Karetak Award, which is given to the student “who most exemplifies those values of caring, of steadfastness, of humbleness and of doing better for everyone else,” according to NS coordinator Morley Hanson, was given to Ashley Kalluk of Arctic Bay. (Photo courtesy of NS/Facebook)

A celebrated carver offers his take on Inuit art

The celebrated carver Manasie Akpaliapik waits for a captivated audience to gather around him and a carving by Osuitok Ipeelee, titled Walrus-Spirit, at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa on May 9. Akpaliapik and John Houston, an award-winning filmmaker and gallery director, co-hosted the National Gallery’s Meet the Experts night. Akpaliapik and Houston led a crowd around the gallery’s Inuit prints and carvings before ending with a lively Q&A session. (Photo by Kahlan Miron; artwork credit Osuitok Ipeelee, Walrus-Spirit, c. 1977)