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AROUND NUNAVUT: Butterflies, a scholarship and Arctic journeys

A Children's Guide to Arctic Butterflies by Mia Pelletier is illustrated by Danny Christopher and is available widely, including through Inhabit Media's online bookstore.
photo courtesy of Inhabit Media

Inhabit publishes butterfly guide for children


A new offering from Iqaluit-based Inhabit Media seeks to guide budding lepidopterologists.

A Children's Guide to Arctic Butterflies by Mia Pelletier is illustrated by Danny Christopher, and is available widely, including through Inhabit Media's online bookstore.

"With a simple layout and easy-to-follow headings for each butterfly, this beautiful book is filled with fun, useful facts, including introductory material about the life cycle and anatomy of butterflies and how they begin life as caterpillars," states Inhabit.

According to the author, only several dozen of the world's 20,000 butterflies can be found in the Arctic.

"Many Arctic animals have warm, woolly coats, downy feathers, or thick layers of blubber, and Arctic butterflies appear fragile with their fluttering, delicate wings. Yet the hardy butterflies that live at the top of the world have many clever ways to keep themselves warm in cool summers and endure icy cold winters," states the synopsis.

"In A Children’s Guide to Arctic Butterflies, young readers learn about twelve of the butterflies that call the Arctic home and how they survive on the tundra from one season to the next."


Anastasia Webb of Iqaluit was the first recipient of a Baffin Business Development Corporation $1,000 scholarship last year. The corporation is offering two $1,000 scholarships this year for students pursuing post-secondary education in business or commerce.
photo courtesy of Baffin Business Development Corporation

Scholarship for business students


The Baffin Business Development Corporation (BBDC) has two scholarships available.

The two $1,000 awards are specifically for students working towards a certificate or degree in business or commerce.

"BBDC's 2018/19 successful recipient was Anastasia Webb of Iqaluit, continuing her education in the area of business accounting at Algonquin College in Ottawa with further plans of completing a commerce degree. Ana responded to BBDC’s call for applications through our social media campaign," states the corporation.

"Ana received the scholarship based on her desire to use her education in the fields of accounting and commerce to return to Nunavut and 'give back' to her community that she says has offered her many opportunities to continue pursuing her goals."

This scholarship, created in 2018, requires applicants to complete an application form and write a 500-word essay on why they have chosen to pursue an education in one of these fields.

Applicants must be from the Baffin Region. The deadline for applying is August 31.


Movie nights at the visitor's centre


For those curious about the incredible journey the Canada C3 ship undertook in 2017, the Unikkaarvik Visitor's Centre will screen a documentary Aug. 15.

The ship, a project noting the Canadian nation state's formation, travelled the country's coastline, embarking and disembarking a variety of Canadians along the way.

"This project was a 150-day ship-based expedition that left Toronto on June 1, 2017, and travelled over 25,000 kilometers along Canada's coastline. This epic journey served to better connect and deepen understanding amongst diverse Canadians as they shared their stories of community, place, and culture," according to the centre.

The Unikkaarvik Visitor's Centre will screen the 45-minute documentary tracing the voyage of numerous Canadians travelling on the 2017 Canada C3 ship Thursday, Aug. 15.
photo courtesy Canada C3

Meanwhile, an Aug. 22 screening of the documentary Passage, partly based on the book Fatal Passage, tells the tale of Sir John Franklin's failed expedition through the Northwest Passage. This one features Inuit leader Tagak Curley.

On August 29, join Scottish comedian and actor Billy Connolly as he travels through the Northwest Passage with more success. In the Nunavut portion of the ITV series, Connolly travels to Iqaluit, Pangnirtung, Iglulik, Pond Inlet, Beechey Island and Gjoa Haven. Along the way, he meets the people, participates in the Inuit culture, checks out the wildlife – plus fun and comedy.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m., admission is free and includes popcorn and a beverage.