The Department of Culture and Heritage will be giving a public presentation about its grants and contributions programs on Thursday, Jan. 10, in Chesterfield Inlet at the hamlet council chambers from 7 to 9 p.m.
Staff from the Department of Culture and Heritage will be giving information and answering questions about the funding categories of heritage programs (preserving cultural legacy), elders and youth programs (support for elders and youth activities), Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (maintaining Inuit societal values with social well-being initiatives) and official languages (language promotion, protection and preservation).
The session is free and open to the public and a question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.


Inuktitut series premiers


The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) introduced a new series this past Monday, Jan. 7, on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) called Uakallanga! Uakallanga! (Wow, impressive!).
The concept of turning nothing into something or making something into something extraordinary is exactly what Inuit have done for centuries for survival, function and purpose, according to a release.
Using materials from nature, reusing un-utilized materials and recycling good materials to create something useful is a way of life for many in the North.
Inuit make things from by-products of hunted animals all the time such as tools, clothing, household items and even devises for transportation.
During this series viewers will see Inuit make the incredible things made traditionally and how Inuit make and use their creations today.
Show host Annabella Piugattuk learns how resourceful Inuit are as she’s taught skills such as making a drum, hunting tools, sealskin crafts, an ulu and an amauti during the 13-episode series presented in Inuktitut with English subtitles.
Uakallanga! will continue to air on Mondays (7:30 p.m. in the Kivalliq), with repeats shown on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at different times on the APTN North feed.

New training program


A new eight-week training program specifically designed to help Inuit enter and thrive in the modern workforce will get underway on Feb. 4 at the Inns North Conference Centre in Arviat.
The curriculum of Hatuqiniq (Return Knowledge) focuses on the nine essential skills of employment as well as other practical and locally-relevant skills needed for developing an effective career in Nunavut.
The program was developed by Iqaluit-based Sundog Management and Toronto-based Navigator Management and Holdings.
The Hatuqiniq program will be taught by training specialists using a delivery model tailored to suit the needs of at-risk youth in Nunavut communities and all students will receive a weekly education bursary for the length of the program.
Funding is provided by the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Family Services.

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