Wednesday, 17 June 2015
Friday, 12 June 2015
OpenBroadcaster, KITIKMEOT INUIT ASSOCIATION AND SSI MICRO TO COLLABORATE ON REGIONAL RADIO PILOT PROJECT
"…KITIKMEOT INUIT ASSOCIATION AND SSI MICRO TO COLLABORATE ON REGIONAL RADIO PILOT PROJECT
Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, June 11th, 2015
The Kitikmeot Inuit Association (KIA) and SSI Micro are very pleased to announce a collaborative partnership to launch a Regional Radio Pilot Project in Nunavut's Kitikmeot region. The Pilot Project will operate for an initial two years, with an anticipated start date in spring 2016 once all necessary regulatory authorizations are secured.
Under the framework of the Pilot Project, SSi will construct and commission a satellite-supported FM radio network in the Kitikmeot communities of Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay with initial engineering and regulatory work commencing this summer. Once in operation, SSi's radio network will provide a platform for KIA to broadcast what is proposed to be a daily Inuit Language radio service mainly focused on revitalizing the Inuinnaqtun dialect in the two communities.
To allow KIA and other community collaborators to manage content over its radio network, SSi intends to employ a web-based, media asset management system developed by Yukon-based OpenBroadcaster Inc.; thus making the Pilot Project a uniquely pan-territorial initiative.
Following the recent meeting of the KIA Executive Committee, at which KIA's formal support of the project was confirmed, KIA President Stanley Anablak stated, "The launching of the Regional Radio Pilot Project is a very important milestone in KIA's efforts to help revitalize the use of the Inuit Language in our communities. KIA is fortunate to have a technical partner in SSi Micro that has a very capable team and years of experience delivering telecommunication services in the north. This partnership allows KIA to focus our efforts on developing content for the proposed language service. To create this content, we intend to work with Inuit Language speakers in our communities and beyond to generate the material that will form the backbone of the radio service. While we are still in the very early days of this initiative, KIA already recognizes that the partnerships, infrastructure and content management systems proposed to be put in place could, if the Pilot Project proves to be successful, be scaled up to provide a regional radio service to the entire Kitikmeot."
Jeff Philipp, President and Founder of the SSi Group of Companies, noted, "As a company with deep northern roots SSi understands the value of oral communication in the Inuit culture. Today's announcement is an important step in what I hope will be the first building blocks for a Nunavut-wide radio network. I commend the Kitikmeot Inuit Association for their vision and I am proud to say that SSi has a long and successful working relationship with KIA, dating back to 1998 when we broke new ground together and built our first satellite network to bring Internet to the region's five communities. We've come a long way since then and we are constantly engaged in new opportunities to upgrade and enhance our network. I look forward to this next venture and a new era of radio communication in Nunavut."…"
Wednesday, 3 June 2015
Rally Against Fracking in the NWT
Fracking Action North (FAN) is a coalition of NWT organizations, including Alternatives North, Ecology North, the NWT Chapter Council of Canadians, Canadian Physicians for the Environment, and individuals/citizens who are concerned that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the NWT is proceeding without a full and transparent consideration of all of the health, social, environmental and economic costs and benefits.
FAN invites all NWT residents to learn more about fracking, and the potential costs and benefits of this technology. Please browse our information and resources for links to many scientific journals and peer-reviewed articles on the impacts of fracking on human health, water quality and quantity, air quality and social and community well-being.
Coalition Members - Please take the time to visit each of our supporting groups.
Fracking Action North http://frackingactionnorth.ca/
Ecology North http://www.ecologynorth.ca/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatives North http://www.alternativesnorth.ca/ email@example.com
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) http://www.cape.ca/
Council of Canadians: NWT Chapter http://cocnwt.ca/ firstname.lastname@example.org
GNWT “Public Engagement Meetings” on its proposed regulations for Fracking in the NWT
Yellowknife June 15 6 to 8pm Multiplex Gym
Yellowknife (en français) 16 juin 18 heurs Yellowknife Inn
Ben McDonald, #FrackingActionNorth remettant au député @BobBromley une pétition contre la #fracturation http://t.co/lXKbNdW51e @aquilontno
@KieraDawnKolson s'adressant à l'@AssemblyNWT manif contre la #fracturation de #FrackingActionNorth http://t.co/gNuX5mKT6e @aquilontno
RT @aquilontno: Manifestation de #FrackingActionNorth contre la #fracturation hydraulique à #Yellowknife le 2 juin. http://t.co/yJgCKHq0f7
RT @call_randall: #cbcnorth #FrackingActionNorth #rally #yzf #nwtpoli
RT @deneze: #FrackingActionNorth #rally in #yzf http://instagram.com/p/3b73rNqLNd/
RT @deneze: #FrackingActionNorth #yzf #rally http://instagram.com/p/3b4IziKLGU/
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Live, interactive Webinar. Online:"Free, prior and informed consent: human rights, Indigenous protocols and good practice"
"...Supreme Court decisions and international human rights standards including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples recognize the right of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to make their own decisions about resource development on their lands and other important issues. This symposium is an opportunity to discuss this important of free, prior and informed consent, its status in Canadian and international law and its relevance in crucial decisions facing Indigenous peoples today...."
"....Public symposium, online http://www.fpicforum.ca/ and in person
9-5 pm, Wednesday, May 20th, University of Ottawa
Participate in person or through a live, interactive webinar.
Please register to receive information by email on how to log in and submit your questions during the seminar. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/free-prior-and-informed-consent-human-rights-indigenous-protocols-and-good-practice-tickets-16620134269
University of Ottawa, Fauteux Hall Room 147. Room opens for registration at 8:30 am on the 20th.
Supreme Court decisions and international human rights standards including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples recognize the right of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to make their own decisions about resource development on their lands and other important issues. This symposium is an opportunity to discuss this important of free, prior and informed consent, its status in Canadian and international law and its relevance in crucial decisions facing Indigenous peoples today.
Join in person or online to learn more about FPIC, share your own experiences, and help identify practical recommendations going forward.
Agenda for the day
Morning panels and discussion
Panel 1: Status of FPIC in Canadian and international law
Panel 2: FPIC in Indigenous peoples' protocols and customary laws
Afternoon panels and discussion
Panel 3: Understanding challenges and opportunities for industry and investors
Panel 4: Overcoming challenges in implementation...."
"....Indigenous peoples are asserting their right of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) in dealings with corporations and government regulatory processes and through the adoption of their own protocols. Investors and industry associations are also increasingly referring to FPIC in their own policies. While the federal government continues to deny the existence of this right, FPIC has been come an increasingly important factor in decisions about energy and resource development in Canada.
This one-day, interactive symposium is a unique opportunity for Indigenous leaders and activists- as well as partner organizations- to discuss the status of FPIC in Canadian and international law and its relevance in crucial decisions facing Indigenous peoples today. Learn more about FPIC, share your own experiences, and contribute to identifying practical recommendations to advance this important human rights standard.
Participate in person or through a live, interactive webinar....."
Event Poster (PDF) http://www.writeathon.ca/fpicforum/Resources/FPICPosterMain.pdf
Event Poster (JPG) http://www.writeathon.ca/fpicforum/Resources/DeclarationEventMain.jpg
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
CBC's #IndigenousEyes photo contest for aboriginal youth now accepting submissions that focus on elders
#IndigenousEyes photo contest puts lens on aboriginal elders
CBC's photo contest for aboriginal youth now accepting submissions that focus on elders
CBC is launching its #IndigenousEyes photo contest, and this year the lens is focused on the role of elders in aboriginal communities.
For Charleyboy, the role of elders in aboriginal communities came into focus in 2013, when she took part in an indigenous writing residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
There she met Pahan Pte Ste Win, a Lakota woman from Winnipeg. She asked Pte Ste Win for guidance on her writing, and the two hit it off.
"She had mentioned that she was interested in adopting me, so we did a formal adoption ceremony as we closed the residency," she said.
Saturday, 28 March 2015
Call for Application: Artist in Residence at the National Museums of World Culture
The Swedish National Museums of World Culture in Stockholm and Gothenburg are opening their archives for an artist in residence. The residency includes a grant as well as workspace and access to collections and exhibitions at the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm during September through November 2015.
The residency is positioned within the EU-project 'Sharing a World of Creativity, Inclusion and Heritage' (SWICH), an initiative of ten museums of ethnography and world culture that aims to develop collaborative and inclusive practices which investigate the potential of shared authority in the museum context.
We encourage artists with a diaspora background who want to develop historical as well as inventive relations to the archive and its (im)possible futures. The artist is selected on the basis of his/her social engagement and critical reflection, and his/her awareness of power imbalances embodied in the museum archive. Potential material fields of knowledge and experimentation are for example photography, textile and body ornaments.
The residency is offered during September through November 2015. The Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm provides a workspace on site along with technical assistance in explorations of the fragile collections.
We need your application at the latest on 1 May 2015. Please send a 500 word project description with your CV and six art works in digital form to email@example.com. The selected artist will be announced on 1 June.
See this document (PDF-document, 219 kB)for a full description of the residency.
About the collections at the museum of ethnography
The Museum of Ethnography manages a wide variety of collections mainly from regions outside of Europe. Consisting of 220,000 objects, more than 500,000 photographs and substantial archival material, the collections pertain to academic disciplines like archaeology, anthropology, ethnography, ethnology, art history and history as well as to diverse collectors active in colonial military/administrative, missionary, trade, diplomatic, scientific and adventurer/explorer contexts.
The collections are to a large extent searchable in an online digital database (mostly in Swedish, use google translate).
Some of the museum's permanent galleries are also available online
Friday, 27 March 2015
Only bold action will end food insecurity in the North
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Dec. 14 2014, 8:00 AM EST
"..Joshua Gladstone is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University and co-founder of Northern Public Affairs. http://www.northernpublicaffairs.ca/index/
As Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq flipped casually through her newspaper in Parliament recently, she did so in the face of deep anger and frustration over her woeful handling of northern Canada's food security crisis.
Southern Canadians should be distressed, too. Research has shown that 70 per cent of Inuit preschoolers live in food-insecure homes, a reality that is as much a national disgrace as it is a troubling indicator of our collective disregard for the basic human rights of our fellow citizens.
Disturbing reports of food insecurity in Inuit communities going back at least as far as the early 1990s show that problems of hunger and malnutrition are enduring. Even more disturbing are the two manifestations of the same problem today: people scavenging at landfills and incoherent food security policy.
The Nutrition North program is the Conservative government's solution to the high cost of store-bought food in the North. Other causes of food insecurity, including the impacts of climate change on the Inuit food system and the high cost of harvesting country food, are conspicuously absent from the government's plans...."