Friday, October 19, 2018

Climbing barriers – Community-based pre-employment training in Nunavut

Finding work is tough for anybody, anywhere. It’s tougher if you’re young or lack experience, or if you have a visible or invisible disability,...

Fox Trapping – Trade goods for the fashion industry

Foxes were not of prime interest to Inuit in pre-contact times due to their fur being too fragile for external use and were seen...

Inuit Carving – Sharing a culture’s stories

Carving has long featured in the culture of northern indigenous peoples in their production of weapons and utensils in a variety of materials. The...

Caribou People

The Sacred Place Where Life Begins I sit with Gwich’in hunter Charlie Swaney outside under a classic blue camping tarp, rain silently drumming. Thin, tall,...

The Journey Forward, A Novella on Reconciliation

When We Play Our Drums, They Sing! Richard Van Camp Cover photograph by Tessa Macintosh McKellar & Martin Publishing Group, Ltd. February 2018 You’d think that in all those...

An Artifact Mystery

A Netsilik (“Nattilik”) compact qajaq Museums collect artifacts that tell a story, sometimes in concert with other items, sometimes alone. Unlike a good mystery novel...

BioBlitz – Preserving the ecological integrity of treasured places

In early July, Parks Canada, a recognized leader in conservation, organized the very first BioBlitz event in Sirmilik National Park and in the community...

Preparing to teach in Nunavut

The Need for Teacher Orientation When the Government of Nunavut (GN) advertises every year for teachers to come North, it is looking for people who are...

Inuit artists in the contemporary art market

In preparation for my trip to Cape Dorset, Nunavut, I had read hundreds of pages on the history of Canadian Inuit art, but only...

Summer Rendezvous – Gathering at Shingle Point

It is mid-summer on the Arctic Ocean and the sun will not set for another 40 days. I’m riding in a motorboat with the...