May 8, 2013
TOASTING A SUCCESSFUL TRIP Cecile, Melanie and Kayla toast the end of the 1st Year students' 10-day trip to Europe with champagne atop the Eiffel Tower on the last night of the trip.
Nunavut Sivuniksavut is a unique eight-month college program based in Ottawa. Founded in 1985, it is for Inuit youth from Nunavut who want to get ready for the educational, training, and career opportunities that are being created by the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) and the new Government of Nunavut.
Students in the NS program learn about Inuit history, organizations, land claims and other issues relevant to their future careers in Nunavut. They also gain valuable life experience by living in the city and learning to live on their own as independent adults.
The program is open to youth from Nunavut who are beneficiaries of the NLCA. It runs from September until May. Approximately 36 1st Year students and 10 2nd Year students are chosen.
The deadline for applications is April 15th, although late applications will be considered if there are spaces still available.
Twenty-seven 1st Year and eight 2nd Year students were honoured at a gala graduation ceremony in Ottawa, attended by family, friends, Inuit leaders, and representatives of organizations that have supported the program.
NS students are on the main stage at the opening of Ottawa's annual Winterlude festival. They'll be performing songs for the crowds on each of the three weekends that festival runs during February.
NS students were invited to share their culture at the Governor General's annual outdoor winter party on the grounds of Rideau Hall. They met the public, answered questions about Nunavut, and even persuaded the GG himself join them in a dance.
The ball has begun to roll towards our trip to Europe. David Akeeagok, Deputy Minister of Environment in the GN, came in and briefed us on the lobbying efforts being made to defend Inuit harvesting of seals and polar bears.
Students took a week off from the books and the studying in early November to spend time out of the city at the Harris Farm retreat centre. It was a week devoted to making cultural items such as ulus, knives, parkas and drums.