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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.