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Bringing culturally, relevant programs to youth

A music camp fiddle class taught by Debbie Miles and Aura Kwon, (back row, L to R). Front row, L to R: Alma, Brenna, Allyson, Alec, and Anwen. © Connie Kwon

As one of 2021’s Arctic Inspiration Prize laureates, the Iqaluit Music Society began their new Arctic Inspiration Prize project ‘Imaa – Like This’ daily after school music program for children in the Inuktitut stream at Nakasuk School on September 20, 2021. Every day, the library and hallway space of Nakasuk School is filled with sounds of traditional and contemporary Inuit music. Young participants and staff have fun singing songs, drum dancing, throat singing, and making crafts together. 

Nai teaches accordion to young students during the 26th annual summer music camp. © Darlene Nuqingaq

On Fridays, the Imaa team meets to plan the next week’s program, learn from mentors, and create culturally relevant music education resources for teaching music to young children. The plan is to share the resources developed with elementary schools and music groups across Nunavut. 

For more information on the Iqaluit Music Society, contact Darlene Nuqingaq at (867) 222-0220. 

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