Saturday, February 24, 2018

Living Above & Beyond

NWT Judo Athlete Goes to Japan

Gabrielle Desforges spent 11 days in Japan, the birthplace of Judo, enrolled in a training trip with nine other senior Canadian female judokas.

Northern Female Artists Showcased

The red carpet was unrolled to honour aboriginal artists from Inuvik to Albuquerque at the 6th Annual Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.

Pushing Pop Cans for Polar Bears

With polar bear conservation at the helm of their campaign, the WWF has teamed up with corporate giant and marketing engine Coca Cola to raise both awareness and funds for the initiative. Making an initial donation of $2 million dollars to the cause, the company is also printing white labels on 1.4 billion of its normally red soda cans.

Aboriginal Achievement in Canada Recognized

Congratulations to the recipients of the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards 2012! The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF), an organization dedicated to empowering aboriginal people in Canada, especially youth, to achieve their goals through education, administers the awards. To date, NAAF’s development and funding of educational programs, workshops and scholarships have helped over 34,000 students.

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.