Monday, 31 August 2009

Indigenizing Communication Knowledge: Engaging National Policies and Academic Pursuits.

An upcoming international conference in Malaysia focusing on indigenous
media will discuss the relevance of "indigenizing" media knowledge in an
era in which Western curricula has influenced media studies worldwide.

In an increasingly globalized world, maintaining an indigenous identity in
the media -- and contextualizing knowledge and information to suit local
discourse, policies and realities -- is a challenge.

What do you think: How best can communities promote indigenous voices and
forms of knowledge? What do you think a functioning indigenous media
should look like, and how best can this be achieved?

https://www.ijnet.org/ijnet/discussions/what_does_indigenous_media_look_like_in_a_globalized_world

See also
http://pkukmweb.ukm.my/~mtn2009/introduction.html

Conference Theme

The theme of MENTION2009 is Indigenizing Communication Knowledge: Engaging
National Policies and Academic Pursuits.

Communication knowledge is deeply rooted in Western thoughts and
philosophy. These thoughts and philosophies have spread across the globe
when institutions of higher learning offering courses in communication and
media studies modeled their curriculum according to Western, notably
American universities curriculum. While adoption of the Western curriculum
has contributed to the development of communication and media studies
curriculum in the East, scholars in Asian universities have been actively
engaging in research that inadvertently promote indigenous forms of
knowledge. These new knowledge are sometimes at odds with Western forms of
knowledge because it is contextualized to suit local prevailing needs and
national policies. It has been more than two decades since the last
discussion in Singapore on the Asian perspective of communication
knowledge. Where do we stand now in terms of indigenizing communication
knowledge to suit local environment? What have we learned thus far? Where
are we heading in the future? MENTION2009 will allow us to take stock of
the field – its contribution, its core knowledge, its relevancy, its
growth and its future – in the context of indigenizing communication
knowledge. The aim/purpose of this conference is for academicians, media
practitioners, students of media and communication studies, media and
communication experts from government, NGOs, universities and private
sectors to convene, discuss, contest and qualify the conference theme.

Objectives

The conference seeks to achieve the following objectives:

* To debate issues relating to indigenizing of communication knowledge
* To examine the various research activities that have promoted
indigenous forms of knowledge
* To explicate the challenges of realizing indigenous knowledge while
engaging in national policies and academic pursuits

Sheila Copps makes mountain out of 'Iqualuit' molehill

Copps makes mountain out of 'Iqualuit' molehill

In her attempt to turn the molehill of our office's misspelling of Iqaluit
into a mountain of manufactured outrage, Sheila Copps completely
embarrasses herself ("Heads should roll for PM's 'Iqualuit' bum rap," The
Hill Times, Aug. 24).

Our goal in the PMO press office is for all communication products to be
accurate in terms of content and spelling. Being human, we sometimes fall
short of that goal, as our misspelling of Iqaluit on our media advisory
proved. We regret making the error and moved quickly to fix it.
Thankfully, the people of Nunavut were in a forgiving mood and showed the
Prime Minister the true meaning of hospitality during his recent visit to
the territory.

[excerpt] The Hill Times, August 31st, 2009 LETTERS

http://www.hilltimes.com/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2009/august/31/letter4/&c=1

Nunavut Blogs

The M & M of Cape Dorset: New Nunavut Blogs
By Matthew and Michele
Matthew and Michele: Cape Dorset/Kinngait, Nunavut, Canada: We married on
Thanksgiving weekend, Matthew has a job with the Government of Nunavut in
Cape Dorset and Michele has a job with the Hamlet in Social Services. ...
<http://mnmcapedorsetnewbies.blogspot.com/2009/08/new-nunavut-blogs.html>
The M & M of Cape Dorset
<http://mnmcapedorsetnewbies.blogspot.com/>

Adventure to Nunavut: Learning
By Moira, Craig and the kids
Adventure to Nunavut. A blog to keep friends and family up to date with our
continuing adventures in Clyde River, Nunavut. Sunday, August 30, 2009.
Learning. For the past two weeks we have been going to Parents & Tots /
Preschool. ...
<http://adventuretonunavut.blogspot.com/2009/08/learning.html>
Adventure to Nunavut
<http://adventuretonunavut.blogspot.com/>

NWT: Troubling pure methane gas bubbles

Troubling bubbles
Columbia Daily Tribune
Pure methane gas bubbles up from underwater vents in a lake in the
Mackenzie River Delta in the Northwest Territories, Canada. ...
<http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2009/aug/30/troubling-bubbles/>

Climate trouble may be bubbling up in far north
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
By CHARLES J. HANLEY - AP Special Correspondent MACKENZIE RIVER DELTA,
Northwest Territories -- Only a squawk from a sandhill crane broke the
Arctic silence ...
<http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/264/story/823058.html>

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Focusing on Fort Liard

http://www.nnsl.com/arts/stories/aug29_09pho-arts.html
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Focusing on Fort Liard

Daron Letts
Northern News Services
Published Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009 [excerpt]

ACHO DENE KOE/FORT LIARD - Youth in Fort Liard captured hundreds of digital photographs of their community earlier this month.

NNSL Photo/Graphic

Michael Needlay flashes the peace sign in this image shot by Blair Kotchea during the Frozen Eyes Photographic Society's youth digital camera workshop in Fort Liard. - photo courtesy of Blair Kotchea

The young artists participated in a Frozen Eyes Photographic Society workshop series from Aug. 3 to Aug, 9.

"It was probably the most successful program that I had run in terms of engaging the older kids because they're a difficult group to interest in much," said recreation co-ordinator, Roslyn Firth. "But, they participated in numbers greater than I'd ever imagined and produced some really beautiful photographs."

Society members David Pritchard and George Lessard of Yellowknife led the workshops. The pair brought 12 cameras and other specialized equipment to share with the youth. Pritchard opened the workshop with an instructional introduction to the cameras and the art of photography.

After learning the camera basics, the youth fanned out around the community, shooting almost everything in sight, including shots of family, friends, trees, animals, architecture, vehicles and even each other.

"After the first day more and more kids became interested," Firth said. "It was fantastic. They took pictures of just about everything in Fort Liard. They all enjoyed it very much."

A lot of the young people took more than 100 photographs. Dylan Steeves returned from his outings with almost 900 pictures.

Each photographer picked their five favourite photographs at the end of the workshops. The group took about 12 hours to select and editing the massive collection.

The workshop series was sponsored by the NWT Arts Council. The society may return to the community to lead another workshop series soon.

The society formed in 2008 with the goal of providing hands-on photographic experience for young people throughout the NWT. Society members have provided similar workshops in several communities around the territory.

[...]

An exhibit of the young photographers' work goes on display at 7 p.m., Sept. 3, in the cultural room at the Hamlet and band offices. The photographers will attend the event.


Bill Kennedy: Unintended consequences

Bill Kennedy: Unintended consequences
Signal - Originally, the area was populated by Inuit, native North Americans often mistakenly referred to as Eskimos. Then, in the 1950s, hundreds of US and
Canadian ...

http://www.the-signal.com/news/article/17295/

[ To contact Signal Editorial Staff, visit
http://www.the-signal.com/news/contactus/ ]

[excerpt]

"...
Posted: Aug. 27, 2009  9:24 p.m.
POSTED  Aug. 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.


Frobisher Bay, Canada, just south of the Arctic Circle on Baffin Island, November 1982: My wife and I were standing on hard-packed snow in frigid weather beside the aircraft that had just deposited our party of some 50 international delegates sent to get a view of the unintended consequences of socialism run amok.

The relative isolation and small size of this community of 1,000 native North Americans made it an ideal subject of social studies for our group.

Originally, the area was populated by Inuit, native North Americans often mistakenly referred to as Eskimos. Then, in the 1950s, hundreds of U.S. and Canadian military personnel and construction workers descended on the area to build the DEW (Distant Early Warning) line, a system of radar stations designed during the Cold War to protect North America from a surprise attack by Soviet bombers.

Initially, the project created many high-paying local jobs. Additionally, the medical-services facilities established there to serve the U.S. and Canadian forces were opened to the locals for free as a gesture of community outreach.

But the benefits were short-lived. By 1959, construction was essentially complete, reducing job opportunities, and by 1963, the U.S. military left, closing the medical facilities. To fill the gap, the Canadian government established permanent services at Frobisher Bay, including full-time doctors, schools and social services, and encouraged the nearby Inuit population to settle using the free government services.

The usual habitats of the Inuit were chosen for their proximity to fishing and hunting grounds.

However, easy access to such areas was not afforded from the government locales. The Canadian Parliament's remedy was give each able-bodied Inuit male a snowmobile to assist their hunts. The government also awarded them hunting rifles and ammunition to replace their traditional spears.

In another move, the Canadian Parliament entitled every adult male to a free case of Canadian ale each month for life. Finally, the government granted a free college education to any Inuit capable of passing an entrance examination.

The justification was that the Inuit who completed their college degrees would return to Frobisher to establish their own health clinics, job-forming businesses, schools and the like.

This is the background that greeted our delegation in 1982, there to examine the effects of a generation of well-intentioned socialist policies...."


[...]

Something to think about when considering the many socialist programs proposed by our current administration. Although the circumstances of our needs and the Inuit are fundamentally different, the lesson of their experience is constructive: The architects of their social programs failed to realize that it is the unlimited reach of the human spirit that makes a culture sustainable and an economy viable, and excessive government handouts serve only to squash the human spirit while piling up massive debt.

That is why I am proud to be a member of the Republican party, which places a premium on human enterprise over government interference. We don't need more government handouts. We need programs designed to give more freedom for individual ingenuity and the human spirit to soar.

Bill Kennedy lives in Valencia and is a principal in Wingspan Business Consulting. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. ..."

[ To contact The Signal Editorial Staff, visit
http://www.the-signal.com/news/contactus/ ]

<http://www.the-signal.com/news/article/17295/>



Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Funding Opportunity: Aboriginal Research Pilot Program, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Northern Research Network <research.north@gmail.com>
Date: 2009/8/21
Subject: Funding Opportunity: Aboriginal Research Pilot Program, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
To: research.north@gmail.com


Cross-posted from Caglist
 
Funding Opportunity:
 
Aboriginal Research Pilot Program
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is relaunching its Aboriginal Research Pilot Program and invites eligible researchers to apply before the upcoming deadline on 30 September 2009.

The Aboriginal Research Pilot Program

The program facilitates research by and with aboriginal scholars and aboriginal communities on issues and topics relevant to Canada's Aboriginal Peoples, such as, but not limited to, urban issues, economic development, the environment, education, research ethics, intellectual and cultural property, traditional aboriginal knowledge, aboriginal knowledge systems, languages and cultures, and international aboriginal communities.

The program also aims to build the humanities and social sciences community's capacity to operate within, and benefit from, traditional aboriginal and other knowledge approaches to these sorts of issues and topics.

Aboriginal Research Pilot Program Grants

Research Development Grants are worth up to $25,000 over a maximum of two years; Research Grants are worth up to $100,000 annually, for a maximum of $250,000 over three years.

Eligibility

Aboriginal research funded through this program builds on traditions of thought and experience developed among, and in partnership with, First Nation, Inuit and M├ętis peoples in Canada, as well as indigenous peoples in other parts of the world. The program is open to applicants affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution, or a not-for-profit aboriginal or community organization holding institutional eligibility. For more information on institutional eligibility, please see the program description (belwo). All applications must include both university- or college-based scholars and participants from aboriginal communities.

Each member of the research team must meet SSHRC's requirements for his or her particular role, whether as applicant (principal investigator), co-applicant (co-investigator), collaborator, student assistant, or other assistant or support staff.

More information

For more information on the Aboriginal Research Pilot Program, or to  apply, visit: www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/site/apply-demande/program_descriptions-descriptions_de_programmes/aboriginal-autochtone-eng.aspx 
 .
For more information on projects previously funded through the  program, visit SSHRC's awards search engine at: www.outil.ost.uqam.ca/CRSH


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Northern Research Network
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http://northernresearchnetwork.electrified.ca
 

U.S. company best for Yukon dam expansion: Yukon Energy

U.S. company best for Yukon dam expansion: Yukon Energy

The head of Yukon Energy Corp. says he's pleased to have a tenatative deal with a U.S.-based company to build a new power plant at the Mayo hydroelectric dam, but whether the company will get the contract will depend on its numbers.
Full Story:
http://links.cbc.ca/a/l.x?T=jncickglbmbcckkjilbjaoknfi&M=27


Monday, 24 August 2009

http://www.tusaalanga.ca/ brings Inuktitut learning to the world

Tusaalanga is a dynamic website that brings Inuktitut learning to the
world wide web. It was created by the Pirurvik Centre, an Iqaluit-based
company dedicated to enhancing Inuit language, culture and well-being.

Click on the links to access:

* Inuktitut lessons (from beginner to intermediate)
* hundreds of vocabulary items each with its own soundfile
* dialogues with soundfiles
* grammar notes

http://www.tusaalanga.ca/

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Yukon: Ancient horse roamed Canada's North with mammoths, camels

Ancient horse roamed Canada's North with mammoths, camels
The Gazette (Montreal)
At an unveiling last month in Whitehorse - the aptly named new home of the light-coloured, pony-sized equus lambei - Yukon Culture Minister Elaine Taylor ...
<http://www.montrealgazette.com/Ancient+horse+roamed+Canada+North+with+mammoths+camels/1920752/story.html>

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Spark Box Studio / Accepting Residency Applications / Picton, ON

Announcement / Spark Box Studio / New Art Studio Accepting Residency Applications / Picton, ON

Spark Box Studio, an art studio, print shop and artists' residency that offers unique opportunities to emerging and professional artists, writers, and students, has just opened up in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

About Us:
Spark Box Studio provides space for artists to live, research, investigate and experiment in a focused environment. We aim to encourage discovery and the cultivation of new ideas, provide career-building opportunities and resources for artists at all stages, and promote engagement with the local community through the arts.

Artist Residency Program
Spark Box Studio's Artist Residency Program provides live/work space to accommodate both emerging and professional printmakers, photographers, painters, illustrators and writers, as well as those currently undertaking studies in fine art. Artists-in-residence have access to our professional studio and resource library. The Residency Program affords artists the space, time and resources to support the advancement of their careers and to strengthen their practice. Artists-in-residence stay in a charming Victorian house located by the historic Picton Harbour. 

For more information about Spark Box Studio Residency Program or to learn about other programs we offer, visit www.sparkboxstudio.com.

Spark Box Studio
206 Main St.
Suite 2M
Picton, ON
T. 613.476.0337
E. info@sparkboxstudio.com 
www.sparkboxstudio.com
 
 

Developing Asia Journalism Training and Awards

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Developing Asia Journalism Training and Awards

Background

This year's Developing Asia Journalism Awards (DAJA) will include a short
training course for a group of 20 journalists from ADB DMCs across Asia
and the Pacific. The program is designed not only to enhance participating
journalists' knowledge on various development issues, but more
importantly, to recognize and emphasize their crucial role in fostering
greater awareness of key development issues, and providing sound
information to the public that they may be empowered to make better
socio-economic choices.

The poverty impact of the global financial crisis and government responses
to the crisis, as well as the role of development journalism in promoting
greater economic and financial literacy will be the main issues of
discussion for the 4-day workshop. The program will also profile ADB and
ADBI's work on adaptation to climate change and public private
partnerships (PPPs) for infrastructure development. Practical sessions
designed to help journalists prepare clear, accessible stories that will
provide ordinary citizens with a better understanding of the economic
realities and development issues facing their countries are also included
in the program.

The objectives of this training course and the awards are to: i) enhance
the understanding and further develop the skills of journalists in Asia by
equipping them with sound and current knowledge on key economic and
development issues, and; ii) to enable and encourage them to actively
promote public awareness through informative, responsible, and empowering
journalism.

An announcement has been made to call for submission of articles related
to four issues/categories, namely,
i) poverty impact of the global financial crisis;
ii) government responses to the global financial crisis;
iii) infrastructure development;
and
iv) climate change adaptation.
The top 20 articles will be selected by a panel of judges and their
authors/writers will be invited to the four day training program that will
be concluded with an awards ceremony.

Winners and runners up of each of the four categories
including two special prizes for
- Best Development Journalist of the Year
and
- Best Young Development Journalist of the Year
will be selected and awarded at the dinner
at the Foreign Correspondents Club.

Outputs

Enhanced monitoring, analytical, and reporting skills on economic and
other development issues for Asian journalists
Greater public awareness of economic and other development issues through
the work of the participating journalists
Better public and corporate governance in Asia and the Pacific

Participants

Journalists from ADB's developing member countries

Partners

Asian Development Bank headquarters
and
ADB Japanese Representative Office.

Event Details


Event: Developing Asia Journalism Training and Awards
Venue: ADBI, Tokyo
Start date: 20 October 2009
End Date: 23 October 2009

For more information:
http://www.adbi.org/event/3263.daja.awards.2009/


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Chief Executive Officer
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication(BNNRC)
&
Member, Strategy Council
UN-Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN GAID)

House: 13/1, Road:2, Shaymoli, Dhaka-1207
Post Box: 5095, Dhaka 1205 Bangladesh

Phone: 88-02-9130750, 88-02-9138501
01711881647 Fax: 88-02-9138501-105

E-mail: ceo@bnnrc.net, bnnrc@bd.drik.net
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Friday, 21 August 2009

"Northwest Territories" Date: 2009/8/21

Date: 2009/8/21
Subject:  - "Northwest Territories"
 

Stephen Harper and Canada's role in the Arctic
Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin
Nevertheless, the then-leader of the Northwest Territories later granted me
his Commissioner's Award for Public Service to the NWT. ...
<http://www.theenterprisebulletin.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1709351>

PM announces improvements to Northwest Territories highways
Canada's New Government (press release)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, joined by the Honourable Floyd Roland,
Premier of the Northwest Territories, today announced major road
reconstruction and ...
<http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?category=1&id=2763>

Northerners need 'piece of the action'
Toronto Star
... premier of Nunavut, Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie and Floyd Roland,
premier of the Northwest Territories, to promise extra help for northern
job-seekers. ...
<http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/684379>

Local wrestler winning big at Canada Games
TbNewsWatch.com
By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch The team shutout Northwest Territories and
Newfoundland, and only gave up double-digit points once to Alberta. ...
<http://www.tbnewswatch.com/sports/?cid=63850>

Canada's PM wants Arctic people to share in riches
Reuters Canada
Harper went farther during a stop in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories,
saying he was concerned many of the private and public sector projects he
saw in ...
<http://ca.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idCATRE57H4HV20090821>

Canadians in the North to access greater job training
Edmonton Sun
The Yukon will receive a total $12.5 million, the Northwest Territories
will get $5.8 million and Nunavut will receive $6.1 million. ...
<http://www.edmontonsun.com/news/canada/2009/08/20/10539576.html>

A new energy frontier?
msnbc.com
Sand reservoirs of gas hydrates also have been identified off the shores of
southeastern Japan and Canada's Northwest Territories. Gas hydrate reserves
have ...
<http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/08/20/2041789.aspx>

===  Blogs on: "Northwest Territories" ===

Tiffany buys stake in Canadian diamond supplier
Tiffany's stock rose $ 1.25 to $ 104 on the news that it had bought a 14.9
percent stake in Aber Resources Ltd., which owns a 40 percent interest in
the Diavik Diamonds Project in Canada's Northwest Territories. ...
<http://www.flixya.com/post/tiffanyfans/1695148/Tiffany_buys_stake_in_Canadian_diamond_supplier>
Flixya.com Media
<http://www.flixya.com/>

Daily Sport Report: Beach Volleyball Day 5 « 2009 Canada Games' Blog
By canadagames2009
Final Results: Women – 11th place: Northwest Territories, 10th place:
Newfoundland, 9th place: Saskatchewan, 8th place: 7th place: • Men –
10th place: Newfoundland, 9th place: Nova Scotia, 8th place: 7th place ...
<http://canadagames2009.wordpress.com/2009/08/21/daily-sport-report-beach-volleyball-day-5-2/>
2009 Canada Games' Blog
<http://canadagames2009.wordpress.com/>

newbie needs some programing psr600c - The RadioReference.com Forums
By BIGDOG73
Western Canada Radio Discussion Forum Forum for discussing Radio
Information specific to the Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta,
Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon
Territory. ...
<http://forums.radioreference.com/western-canada-radio-discussion-forum/155942-newbie-needs-some-programing-psr600c.html>
The RadioReference.com Forums
<http://forums.radioreference.com/>

Secession, Five Years Later - RevolutionRadio.org
By Paul Martin
The Alliance had expanded to embrace the former states of Idaho, Montana,
Wyoming, Eastern Washington, Nevada and British Columbia joined two years
later by Saskatchewan, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
...
<http://revolutionradio.org/2009/08/21/secession-five-years-later/>
RevolutionRadio.org
<http://revolutionradio.org/>

Tracking Hope, the Whimbrel | BSI Blog
From there she flew north and spent the summer in or near the Boreal
regions of Quebec, Ontario and the Northwest Territories where she
presumably nested before heading south again. She migrated south through
Maine in August and out ...
<http://www.borealbirds.org/blog/?p=176>
BSI Blog
<http://www.borealbirds.org/blog/

Arctic Film Festival Nominations

 North House Folk School [ http://www.northhouse.org ] has issued the followingcall for film nominations:


>Arctic Film Festival Nominations
>
>Greetings,
>
>I write from the North House Folk School here in Grand Marais, Minnesota (USA), aspiring to connect with a variety of Arctic related organizations as we are now accepting nominations for this year's Arctic Film Festival.
>
>The Arctic Film Festival is in its 5th year and has been the fulcrum that's connected our educational mission for teaching traditional northern crafts (www.northhouse.org), independent film makers, and Arctic research organizations and individuals with a focus on traditional circumpolar cultures, the arctic environment and the historical landscape of the Arctic.
>
>Attached is a nomination form, in the event that you or your organization has a film that you would recommend for a screening.
>
>If you have questions or would like to learn more about the nominating process, don't hesitate to ask or call.
>
>Best regards,
>Scott Pollock, Program Director
>
>- - - - - - - - - - - - -
>Scott Pollock, Program Director
>North House Folk School
>PO Box 759 - 500 W Hwy 61
>Grand Marais, MN   55604
>Phone: 218-387-9762
>Fax:   218-387-9706
>E-mail: spollock@northhouse.org
>Web:  http://www.northhouse.org
>

Winterer's Gathering & Arctic Film Festival
November 19-22, 2009
>
>The North House Folk School, an educational non-profit organization located in Grand Marais, Minnesota, USA, is now accepting film  screening nominations for the Winterer's Gathering & Arctic Film Festival. This multi-day educational event is a celebration of the crafts, customs, landscape, history and stories of winter travel and traditional lifeways in the north. Winter travel enthusiasts and northern culture admirers merge on the North House campus for four days of winter travel seminars, courses and workshops complemented by a number of inspiring thought-provoking international films about life in the arctic.

>The aim of the Arctic Film Festival is to celebrate the traditions, customs and lifeways in the circumpolar global arctic region represented in the media arts. The nomination process for Arctic Film Festival seeks to establish a network of arctic enthusiasts, organizations, businesses and film makers interested in arctic education, travel, history, art and culture. Connecting the film audience to the film makers to the educators promoting the films is a key element of the Arctic Film Festival.

>The Arctic Film Festival is a non-competitive, non-cash awarding festival. An independent committee reviews films and screening selections will be based upon distributor's consent and the overall content as it relates to the category in which it was nominated.

>As a non-profit educational organization and in respect to the non-competitive educational atmosphere North House wishes to instill, the film festival aspires to screen up to eight films related to the following categories:
>Environment – This category includes films that reflect on the arctic natural environment.
>Ethno-Historical – Films that reflect on the cultural landscape of the arctic region and the peoples who inhabit that region.
>Expedition – Films that relate to adventure travel expeditions.
>Shelter, Clothing, Food – Films that specifically address traditional arctic shelter, clothing and foodways.

>As part of the nominating process, individuals and/or your organizations are asked to:
>1. Nominate up to three films to be shown at the festival.
>2. Provide information about your organization or agency as it relates to the films nominated.
>3. Provide source information for obtaining the film, including key contacts such as director, filmmakers, producers, etc for screening rights and distribution
>4. If available, provide film information that includes availability of film, length of film, format of film (35mm, DVD, video cassette, etc.) and a brief summary of the film.
>5. Submit film nominations no later than October 1, 2009 using enclosed film nomination form. Fax, e-mail, or direct mail is acceptable.

>If you or your organization have any questions regarding the Winterer's Gathering & Arctic Film Festival, or specific questions related to the Film Festival, please contact Program Director, Scott Pollock, at North House Folk School.

You do not need to be in attendance for your nomination to be considered. Nominations will be considered by an independent committee by October 30, 2009 and screened during the Festival dates.
 

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Life on the mean streets of Iqaluit; Iqaluit mother 'humiliated' by photo of son sleeping outside; People in Iqaluit outraged

Life on the mean streets of Iqaluit
Globe and Mail
The capital of Nunavut, Iqaluit, is outraged over this picture of two young boys sleeping on the street outside a local grocery store on July 26, 2009. ...
<http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/life-on-the-mean-streets-of-iqaluit/article1253119/>
 
 
People in Iqaluit outraged over photo of young boys sleeping ...
The Canadian Press
IQALUIT, Nunavut — An Arctic community is angry over photos of two young boys sleeping on a sidewalk, curled up fast asleep in the early morning among ...
<http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5iwcas0q5bVTVQLmkcJa5K4JyaDkA>
 

Iqaluit mother 'humiliated' by photo of son sleeping outside
CBC.ca
An Iqaluit resident took this picture two boys, sleeping outside the NorthMart store, in the early hours of July 26. The photo was then sent to local media ...
<http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2009/08/14/iqa-northmart-mother.html>
See all stories on this topic:
<http://news.google.com/news/story?ncl=http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2009/08/14/iqa-northmart-mother.html&hl=en>

Walsh and Fitch are Cree Indians from Salt River First Nations at Fort Smith NWT

Walsh and Fitch are Cree Indians from Salt River First Nations at Fort Smith in Canada's Northwest Territories. They were adopted as young children by Dolph and Eileen Hitesman, formerly of Glenns Ferry and now of Meridian.

For Fitch, the search for her sister has been bittersweet.

"Because of all this, I found another sister and our birth mother. I got my original birth certificate," Fitch said. "She's not here to share this with. It really sucks."

http://www.idahostatesman.com/localnews/story/865279.html

What happened to Meridian grandma and Boise postal worker Rachael Walsh?

A year of searching has been futile, but her sister has learned a lot about herself

BY KATY MOELLER - kmoeller@idahostatesman.com

Copyright: © 2009 Idaho Statesman

Published: 08/14/09

It would have been a big year for Rachael Walsh: One daughter graduated from high school, another finished a college degree, her sixth grandchild was born.

But the 48-year-old Meridian mother of four wasn't around to experience these joys and life milestones. She went missing from her Elmore County campsite on Aug. 16 last year - and hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Walsh's family and friends will gather for a potluck and candlelight vigil at Tully Park in Meridian on Sunday night, the anniversary of her disappearance.

"We don't ever want to forget. We don't want the public to forget she's out there somewhere," said Walsh's sister, Karen Fitch.

Walsh was a U.S. Postal Service employee for 27 years in Boise. Dozens of her co-workers in October participated in a massive search of the area where she went missing - Fall Creek Lodge at Anderson Ranch Reservoir - but failed to turn up any clues about what happened to her.

Walsh, whose husband, Joe, died in October 2007, was last seen dining at the lodge near the rural campsite at 7 p.m. on Aug. 16, 2008. She and her red Dodge Neon (Idaho plate 1A UK314) vanished, but her wallet, credit cards and asthma medicine were found in the trailer.

Fitch says her sister was depressed at the time she went missing, still mourning the loss of her husband and death of her best friend. She was arrested in the spring on a DUI charge and missed a court appearance in early August.

Walsh's family and Elmore County sheriff's investigators haven't stopped looking for her. She's been featured on the "America's Most Wanted" TV show and Web site, generating some tips.

"There have been a few reported sightings," said Elmore County sheriff's Det. Bob Chaney. None have panned out.

Nothing has been ruled out, he said, including an accidental death, foul play or that she simply walked away. Two sonar searches of the reservoir have been done; a car was found, but it wasn't Walsh's.

Am I Trapped in a Dream?

Video made for Western Arctic Motion Pictures' 48hour video competition - June '09 Yellowknife, NT, Canada. Produced by Ian MacDougall and Chris Aitken. Filmed, captured, edited, colour corrected in 48hours. Actor: Jon Soderberg. Stand in: Robert Holden.

Priscilla's Revenge
Am I Trapped in a Dream?


Lyrics/Vocals/Drum - Norm Glowach
Guitar - Greg Nasogaluak
Bass - Blair Brezinski
http://www.priscillasrevenge.com/

Shot on a Canon HV20
Edited and colour corrected in FCP

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Dana Sipos, Eyeball blues

Dana Sipos original Eyeball Blues, conceptualized, filmed and edited in 48 hours in Yellowknife

Monday, 10 August 2009

Resend: Fort Liard Young Photographers Workshop presented by the Frozen Eyes Photographic Society

Frozen Eyes in Fort Liard

http://www.flickr.com/photos/george-lessard/sets/72157622002663578/

Images taken in Fort Liard NWT, Canada during a Young Photographers Workshop presented by the Frozen Eyes Photographic Society www.frozeneyes.com/ thanks to the sponsorship of the Hamlet of Fort Liard, NWT www.fortliard.com/ - BHP-Billiton www.bhpbilliton.com and the NWT Arts Council pwnhc.learnnet.nt.ca/artscouncil/

Apologies for the resend due to missing URL

University of Alaska Fairbanks - External review-MacTaggart report


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TO: Deans, directors, department heads, Chancellor's Cabinet, ASUAF, Staff Council, Faculty Senate and statewide officers

CC: Administrative assistants and public information officers

FROM: UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers

SUBJECT: External review-MacTaggart report

I am pleased to announce the completion of an external review of the University of Alaska Fairbanks by higher-education consultant Terry MacTaggart. The 22-page report affirms many of our existing priorities and provides suggestions for how we can better align our organization with our strategic plans and position UAF as one of the nation's best student-focused research universities.

The report offers suggestions and recommendations in the following areas:

-leverage cutting-edge research to better advantage UAF;
-link our marketing efforts more closely with student recruitment and enrollment management;
-better organize and communicate the university's work in distance education and e-learning;
-strengthen service to rural Alaska and its people;
-and achieve greater administrative efficiency and improved resource allocation.

In order for UAF to be recognized among the top student-oriented research universities, we will need to focus resources on activities that directly support teaching and research. The report recommends, among other things, reallocating a percentage of indirect cost recovery to undergraduate research and creative endeavors. It also advocates planned reductions in administrative costs—monies that could be redirected to teaching and research efforts.

Dr. MacTaggart has thoughtfully considered past recommendations identified through our planning processes as well as information conveyed in interviews with more than 40 staff and faculty members and community members. I've discussed the findings and recommendations with him at length and believe these focused recommendations will provide a good foundation for future action plans.

Given the complexity of our organization and our ever-changing operating landscape, this type of external review is key to refining our strategic direction. A copy of the report is posted on the Chancellor's web page
http://www.uaf.edu/chancellor/communications/AlaskaReport0809.pdf.
I plan to meet with governance groups, deans and directors, and the cabinet over the next 90 days to discuss the contents of the report and receive campus input. Please e-mail comments, suggestions, and observations directly to me at uaf.chancellor@alaska.edu.




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The Frozen Eyes Photography Workshop in Fort Liard NWT

Frozen Eyes in Fort Liard

Images taken in Fort Liard NWT, Canada during a Young Photographers Workshop presented by the Frozen Eyes Photographic Society www.frozeneyes.com/ thanks to the sponsorship of the Hamlet of Fort Liard, NWT www.fortliard.com/ - BHP-Billiton www.bhpbilliton.com and the NWT Arts Council pwnhc.learnnet.nt.ca/artscouncil/

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GEORGE LESSARD
Information, Communications and Media Specialist
451 Norseman Dr.
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
X1A 2J1, Canada

Yellowknife Land Line # (867) 873-2662
Yellowknife Cell # (867) 445-9193
SKYPE: themediamentor

Online Business Card:
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Home Pages: http://mediamentor.ca
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Photo Illustrations: http://www.flickr.com/photos/george-lessard/sets/72157603627797568/
Etcetera:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/george-lessard/sets/459582/

My Public Bookmarks: http://del.icio.us/themediamentor

Member:
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Canadian Artists Representation Copyright Collective http://www.carcc.ca/

Aurora Arts Society Mural Project at the 2009 Yellowknife Old Town Ramble and Ride

Diane Boudreau gives us information aboit the Aurora Arts Society's mural project that she and other local artists are creating in the old Hudson Bay warehouse as part of Yellowknife's 2009 Old Town Ramble and Ride
Video ©2009 George Lessard

Sambaa Deh Falls, NWT between Hay River and Fort Simpson

Sambaa Deh Falls, NWT, Canada ©2009 George Lessard
More of my picures of these falls and the park they are in may be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/george-lessard/sets/72157600633979728/

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Merv Hardi ferry crossing the Mackenzie River

A documentation of the Merv Hardi ferry crossing the Mackenzie River next to the unfinished Deh Cho Bridge August 2nd, 2009 ©2009 George Lessard

Saturday, 1 August 2009

George Lessard celebrates a personal photographic milestone

GEORGE LESSARD
is very pleased to announce
that his images on Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/george-lessard/
have, as of
August 1st, 2009,
been seen
over 100,000 times.

Apologies for duplicate posts


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GEORGE LESSARD

Information & Media Specialist
6402135 Canada Inc.

451 Norseman Drive
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
X1A 2J1, Canada

Yellowknife Land Line # (867) 873-2662
Yellowknife Cell # (867) 445-9193

Online Business Card:
http://lessardcard.notlong.com

Home e-mail media@web.net
Alternate e-mail: mediamentor@gmail.com

Home Pages http://mediamentor.ca
Online Activities: http://www.web.ca/~media/index.html
Photos: http://photosbygeorge.notlong.com
My Public Bookmarks: http://del.icio.us/themediamentor

Member:
Canadian Association of Journalists http://www.caj.ca
Canadian Artists Representation / le Front des artistes canadiennes
http://www.carfac.ca/
Canadian Artists Representation Copyright Collective http://www.carcc.ca/

George Lessard celebrates a personal photographic milestone

GEORGE LESSARD 
is very pleased to announce
that his images on Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/george-lessard/
have, as of
August 1st, 2009,
been seen

over 100,000 times.

Apologies for duplicate posts

---

GEORGE LESSARD
Information, Communications and Media Specialist
451 Norseman Dr.
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
X1A 2J1, Canada

Yellowknife Land Line # (867) 873-2662
Yellowknife Cell # (867) 445-9193
SKYPE: themediamentor

Online Business Card:
http://lessardcard.notlong.com

E-mail: mediamentor@gmail.com

Home Pages: http://mediamentor.ca
My panoramic images
http://panoramas-by-george.notlong.com
My YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/mediamentor
Online Activities: http://www.web.ca/~media/index.html
Photos: http://photosbygeorge.notlong.com
Photo Illustrations: http://www.flickr.com/photos/george-lessard/sets/72157603627797568/
Etcetera:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/george-lessard/sets/459582/

My Public Bookmarks: http://del.icio.us/themediamentor

Member:
Canadian Association of Journalists http://www.caj.ca
Canadian Artists Representation / le Front des artistes canadiennes http://www.carfac.ca/
Canadian Artists Representation Copyright Collective http://www.carcc.ca/

Voices of the Caribou People -- The Trailer

Voices from the far North, a short glimpse into their life, the indigenous people of the Caribou... (poor audio)

An Unknown Rock and Roll Street Band play their tune "Iornhorse"