School’s out in Nunavik!

A group of students burn their schoolwork in a bonfire at the Barrel Beach in Kuujjuaq. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

By Patricia Lightfoot

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  1. Posted by Toxic on

    It’s nice to have a bonfire fire, but look what they’re burning. Toxic pellets as far as I know.

  2. Posted by What school work? on

    I’m surprise to learn that there was school work enough to even burn. Between the peds days, teacher not showing up days, and other preventable causes of student absenteeism, there’s not much accomplishment. And we go on the concern, that our kids are not up to par with the rest of the provincial standards. And yes, these painted pellets are full of toxic chemicals. A teacher, standing beside kids allowing the burning of chemicals, and all breathing in the fumes. Ridiculous.

  3. Posted by Chrisuphere on

    This photo makes me cringe. What about the history of book burning and what it represents;

    Book burning is the ritual destruction by fire of books or other written materials, usually carried out in a public context. The burning of books represents an element of censorship and usually proceeds from a cultural, religious, or political opposition to the materials in question. Book burning can be an act of contempt for the book’s contents or author, and the act is intended to draw wider public attention to this opinion.

    • Posted by Bible Thumper on

      As you can see , its a bunch of kid burning their old note books , not the NAZI S burning books , RELAX

  4. Posted by Isabelle Dubois on

    I find it very sad that people always find a way to pick the negative, even in something that is meant to be positive. You have somehow managed to turn a positive moment for these students and teacher into a negative thing with your comments and reactions. You weren’t there! And yet you feel the right to put it down. Instead of focusing on the positive aspect of this meaningful event that brought a class together to bond and gave a sense of accomplishment to those girls who worked hard throughout the whole year, you decided to focus on the negative. Yes, maybe it’s not exactly environmentally-friendly to have a bonfire, but people have them all the time. And unfortunately, we don’t have recycling implemented in our remote region of Nunavik yet, so if you must know, these papers the students burnt would have probably ended up in the trash, in a garbage bag that would have gotten burnt at the dump, along with the painted pallets. And it’s not like these students burnt all of their school work either. Of course they kept the most meaningful ones, the ones they worked the hardest on, like compositions, school presentations and such that they are proud of. But do they really need to keep every single math exercise they did? And it’s not like they’re rebelling against school by doing so or putting down education. On the contrary, their learnings will forever be imprinted in their mind. And so will this event, that gave them a sense of accomplishment and control over their own lives, not to mention that it was a great bonding moment with their classmates and teachers, one that they will cherish for a long time. This event was meant to be a great memory for these students and all you have done by shaming it like this with your comments is put a stain on it! And that to me, is very sad! This ceremony of sorts that these students had to celebrate the end of their school year meant something to them, something more significant than what you’re trying to associate it to. Nothing to do with politics or religion! So please, next time you take the time to comment on something like this, before you go ahead and make a negative comment, also think of the negative impact that you can have one the people involved.

  5. Posted by Taking constructive criticism on

    It’s a shame, that they are so many people in our north land who doesn’t take constructive criticism well. It’s a barrier to our growth really. They come from all walks of life, but those that come from other cultures appear to do even worst in understanding the issues of our struggles to forward ourselves in to betterment of life. In order to change and grow we need more criticism, and less of a defence tactics that keep us in narrow minded environments. Let’s read between the lines here, and see where and why we continue to not go anywhere. We keep telling ourselves and our kids lies. We don’t want truth. It’s truth that will set us into real change. Our kids will in the meantime suffer. It’s like an accident last night in kuujjuaq that claimed the life of a 13 year old. We do nothing to educate our children, in school or out. We lie, and people suffer with low education or died by suicide of stupid preventable accidents.

  6. Posted by inunniaq on

    Burning books is kind of negative against school, kind of a symptom of a larger problem

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