Saturday, July 22, 2017

Living Above & Beyond

Warm Welcome for Norway’s Cold Recall

With the High North as its highest foreign policy priority, Norway has set an admirable example of peaceful and responsible develop - ment in the North. This, says Her Excellency Else Berit Eikeland (Norwegian Ambassador to Canada), has resulted largely from an insistence on meticulous scientific research and a strong emphasis on cooperation with other Arctic nations.

Nunavut’s Skilled Artisans Dress Award Winning Toy

In an age where technology and mechanized gadgets dominate the children’s toy market, Saila Qilavvaq is a refreshing alternative that encourages imagination and cross-cultural understanding. Saila, from Iqaluit, Nunavut, is the newest in a line of dolls that provide children with wholesome, contemporary role models from all over Canada.

A Promise Fulfilled

At the close of Iqaluit’s inaugural lacrosse camp in 2010, 25 of Iqaluit’s youth begged Noah Hoselton, the 16-year-old creator of the program, to promise to return for another year. With the help of First Air, the Nepean Knights, Frobisher Inn and Iqaluit’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch 168, Noah with his team of instructors was able to fulfill his promise.

Nunavik Housing Initiative

The lack of availability of adequate housing in the North has long been a major social issue and a source of frustration for territorial governments and especially to those families in need of affordable housing but more often relegated to long waiting lists.

Special Preview

Frequent contributor to this magazine, Quebecbased photographer, Pierre Dunnigan, spent 40 challenging but glorious days in the Kivalliq (Wager Bay, Coral Harbour and Naujat regions) providing camp support to a joint National Geographic and Arctic Bear Productions film crew.

Inuktitut Online

Over the last decade and a half or so the visual reproduction of the written syllabic form of the Inuktitut language has overcome many challenges while delivering more than a few “hits and misses” in its necessary transition to achieve cross-platform versatility and typographical perfection in our advancing digital age, the online revolution and the age of social media and instantaneous mass communication.

A Time For Ideas

The Conference Board of Canada, the Centre for the North (CFN) was established in 2009 to research the challenges and opportunities faced on the road to creating a strong, safe, healthy and prosperous North. Toward achieving that goal, the CFN has focused on assembling Aboriginal leaders, community representatives, businesses, governments and academics.

Operation Nanook 2011

Since 2006, the federal government continues to increase its capabilities and operational expertise and capacity in affirmation of its Arctic Sovereignty strategy. This summer, Canada Command (Canadian Military headquarters based in Ottawa) with the assistance of Joint Task Force North, based in Yellowknife, again conducted one of three annual Arctic safety and security exercises.

Iqaluit Bow head Hunt A Success

For Inuit the bowhead still represent a precious source of food, essential to their diets. In the community context, their harvest — a successful bowhead hunt — is also an important component to the preservation of their cultural traditions, food source aside.

Canadian Inuit leader’s contribution recognized

Duane Smith receives prestigious 2013 Indspire Award for Politics.