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Let there be light

Iqaluit residents slowly disperse from the Nunavut’s legislative assembly parking lot after the Christmas Lights Across Canada celebration on Thursday, Dec. 5. The annual event, which always draws a sizeable crowd, also celebrated its twentieth anniversary this year. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

Dancing into the holidays

The Inuksuk High School gymnasium was filled with music and dance Dec. 4 for the Iqaluit Music Society’s Christmas concert. Here, a group of dancers perform for a packed audience to an upbeat soundtrack that had people moving and shaking. Other performers included the Nakasuk School Choir, the Inuksuk Drum Dancers, the Iqaluit Fiddle Club and more. (Photo by Emma Tranter)

Province of Quebec gives Iluiliq park name thumbs up

The Quebec commission responsible for managing place names in the province, the Commission de toponymie, officially recognized the name of Nunavik’s proposed Iluiliq park this fall. The 1,200-square-kilometre area off Hudson Strait will be Nunavik’s fifth park. (Photo by Alain Thibault, courtesy Nunavik Parks)

Rock on

Nunavik youth take part in a jam session on Thursday, Nov. 28, at Kuujjuaq’s Uvikkait Dome Youth Centre. The event was part of the Nunavik Rocks Music Camp held last week by the Kativik Regional Government’s recreation department. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Nunavut’s Reel to Reel puts youth in touch with elders

Youth and elders take a break from the Reel to Reel project in Cambridge Bay to pose for a photo Nov. 25 at the Canadian High Arctic Research Station. The project was organized in partnership with Reel Youth, a media group that delivers community development programming to youth and adults across Canada and internationally, and the Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq/Kitikmeot Heritage Society. The project aims to strengthen intergenerational connections by having youth make short films about elders’ lives. “The youth did an incredible job filming their first interviews and it’s amazing to have the elders speak in their Inuinnaqtun language,” said a social media posting by Reel Youth. “We’re so excited for the rest of the week.” (Photo courtesy of Reel Youth/Facebook)

Canada’s premiers call for more support for the North

Canada’s premiers, including Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq, wrapped up a one-day meeting in Toronto this Dec. 2 by issuing a statement that says the federal government should do more to help northern territorial governments. “Tangible and significant nation-building activities are needed in the three territories,” their joint communiqué said. This includes “robust investment” in infrastructure and more support to help northern governments adapt to climate change. (Photo courtesy Council of the Federation)