Photo: Arviat student researcher stands proud with his grandparents

By SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Young Inuit researchers from Arviat who are involved in the Nanisiniq Arviat History Project have been invited to attend the next global climate change conference, COP-17, to be held later this year in Durban, South Africa. Here, Jordan Konek, centre, a Nanisiniq team member, stands with his grandparents, James and Helen Konek, and a cousin.


Young Inuit researchers from Arviat who are involved in the Nanisiniq Arviat History Project have been invited to attend the next global climate change conference, COP-17, to be held later this year in Durban, South Africa. Here, Jordan Konek, centre, a Nanisiniq team member, stands with his grandparents, James and Helen Konek, and a cousin. “Since I have been in this project, I’m starting to realize how important it is to keep our culture alive. A rich piece of Inuit lives must be written and remembered because of how rich it really is because of our elders who worked so hard to keep this generation of Inuit alive. If my grandparents James and Helen Konek gave up and just decided to die and decided not to build igloos, work super hard to get food in their stomach and didn’t live the cold, I certainly wouldn’t be here today,” Konek recently wrote in his blog. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NANISINIQ)

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