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AROUND NUNAVUT: A happy, crafty Easter, the premier searches for a literacy hero, GN teaches responsible drinking

Easter fun at the library

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Rarely has a library seen as much fun as Easter time at the May Hakongak Community Library in Cambridge Bay.

Otoayok Maniyogina, 8, is super-pleased with the Easter basket she made with a balloon and yarn during the after-school program at the May Hakongak Community Library.
photo courtesy Pamela Langan

During the past two weeks, up to 30 children have shown up to make Easter crafts.

"The after-school kids did some baskets. Some are out of balloons, some are out of popsicle sticks, and some out of craft paper," said librarian Pamela Langan, who has help from fellow library workers Maria Raillard and Peter Evetalegak.

"The Easter rabbit came and put some chocolates in their baskets. They said, 'I never saw him come! I didn't see him!' So they had five little Easter eggs in their baskets."

The after-school programing runs every day from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The children from the daycare also visit three times a week for fun times at the library.

Next up, the children will be making crafts for Mother's Day, then Father's Day.

"We do crafts all the time with them," said Langan.

"Whatever's going on, we'll do some kind of craft with them. But I can't tell you the Mother's Day one because then the mothers will know."


Nominate a literacy hero


Premier Joe Savikataaq needs the help of Nunavummiut in his search for someone dedicated to Inuktut literacy.

Nomination are now being accepted for the 2019 Council of Federation Literacy Award, which recognizes an individual who supports, encourages and shares ways to strengthen literacy skills in Nunavut.

The award will be bestowed upon someone "who supports and inspires others to use Inuktut and develop their literacy skills – oral, written or through artistic expression," states the news release.

"Nominate someone who has gone above and beyond to support and encourage others to develop their literacy skills – a student, a teacher, a community volunteer, an elder or a co-worker."

The winner receives a medallion and certificate presented by Savikataaq in the fall.

The deadline for nominations is May 31.


Let's Be Aware team visits Qik and Pang

Qikiqtarjuaq and Panniqtuuq/Pangnirtung

The Government of Nunavut Let's Be Aware campaign is visiting two more communities in the coming weeks – Qikiqtarjuaq April 27 to 30 and Pangnirtung May 1 to 3.

"We’re trying to move away from the binge-drinking culture, toward a more responsible culture," manager of corporate policy for the Department of Finance Mads Sandbakken previously told Nunavut News.

"Trying to make people more aware of their own drinking habits, their own drinking patterns, and try to discourage binge drinking."

The Let’s Be Aware harm-reduction campaign swung into action in 2017.

“We’re trying not to talk about alcohol in terms of bad or good. We’re trying to give the people education and resources so they themselves can make the decision for their own selves when it comes to alcohol,” said Sandbakken.