Nunatsiaq News bursaries help Inuit media students

Bursaries worth $5,000 available to post-secondary students from Nunavut or Nunavik training for journalism, media, communications careers

David Aglukark, 21, received a $5,000 bursary last year after applying for funding through Indspire. “It just makes your life so much easier,” he said of the financial support. Aglukark graduated last spring from Algonquin College’s interactive media and design program. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

By Madalyn Howitt

If you’re an Inuit post-secondary student from Nunavut or Nunavik and are interested in a career in journalism, communications or media studies, Nunatsiaq News would like to help you finance your education.

Two bursaries, each worth $5,000, have been established by the newspaper and Indspire to help Inuit post-secondary students from Nunavut or Nunavik whose studies are focused on journalism, broadcast television and radio, communications, or media studies.

“In the past year, Canadians became acutely aware that they don’t know enough about Indigenous Peoples,” said Nunatsiaq News managing editor Corey Larocque.

“Part of the solution is to increase the number of Indigenous voices in journalism, adding their perspectives to the news we read. Nunatsiaq News wants to help Inuit students get the skills they need to break into a challenging but important line of work.”

David Aglukark, 21, is one of two recipients who were awarded the bursary last year.

He was matched with the bursary after applying for funding through Indspire.

Originally from Iqaluit, Aglukark was studying interactive media and design at Algonquin College in Ottawa when he learned he’d be getting $5,000 to help with his education.

With the bursary, Aglukark said he was able to buy new lenses for his camera and other photography gear which he used to compete in last summer’s Skills Canada photography competition, which he’s been participating in since he was in high school.

Aglukark photographed scenes from his hometown of Iqaluit for the contest, and ended up placing fourth in the post-secondary category. Having new equipment will help him compete again next year, he said.

After graduating last spring, Aglukark now works as a web app developer and is using his new photography gear to help with graphic design and building better websites.

“It’s definitely a big part of what I want to work in,” he said.

He encourages other Inuit students to apply if they’re keen to pursue careers in media.

“It just makes your life so much easier … not having to worry about tuition or, in some of these programs, having to buy proper equipment,” he said.

“Take five minutes of your day to just apply or even just do a short essay. It’s a little bit of work that can go a long way to make sure that you’re comfortable throughout the school year and take that stress off you having to pay for tuition and stuff. Just go for it.”

Applications for the bursaries are accepted three times during the year and are delivered through Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards program, to which Nunatsiaq News has donated funding.

In addition to the two bursaries, Nunatsiaq News also offers internships, freelance work or summer employment to students.

The deadline for the next round of applications is Feb. 1. You can apply online on the Indspire website.

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(2) Comments:

  1. Posted by iThink on

    I truly believe that the quality of our public discussions, which will be animated and lead not just by journalists, but by intellectuals unafraid of self-reflective cultural criticism, will mark a key point in the evolution of Nunavut as a society.

    We need people unafraid to make us look at ourselves and our organizations and what we value from a place that is not concerned with the preservation of the phantasms that lurk behind every policy statement that feigns creation in the whispers of an ancient magic (I’m talking about you, IQ). In other words, we need people unafraid to pull back the curtain and say “look!” (as we had in Jim Bell).

    We need writers who aren’t products of English programs and journalism schools alone, but have a strong background in Arctic history, world politics, economics, psychology, and philosophy.

    At present the analysis within these pages can suffer from an unfortunate shallowness where serious topics are glanced over with little insight beyond the predictable on offer. Though this is surely unintentional, it feels condescending at best, but is counterproductive to our growth, at worst.

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