Thursday, 30 September 2010

First Nations Broadcasting - Canada, Arctic & a bit of the world...

A must read ..
Un/covering the north: news, media and aboriginal people By Valerie Alia
Named one of the seminal works in Canadian Studies by the International Council on Canadian Studies. The author's research has been updated and extended in her new book, The New Media Nation: Indigenous Peoples and Global Communication (Berghahn 2010).
Hardcover: 222 pages
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press (May 1999)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0774807067
ISBN-13: 978-0774807067

Indigenous Peoples and Global Communication
Valerie Alia

Around the planet, Indigenous people are using old and new technologies to amplify their voices and broadcast information to a global audience. This is the first portrait of a powerful international movement that looks both inward and outward, helping to preserve ancient languages and cultures while communicating across cultural, political, and geographical boundaries. Based on more than twenty years of research, observation, and work experience in Indigenous journalism, film, music, and visual art, this volume includes specialized studies of Inuit in the circumpolar north, and First Nations peoples in the Yukon and southern Canada and the United States.

Valerie Alia is Adjunct Professor in the Doctor of Social Sciences program at Royal Roads University (Canada) and Visiting Professor in the Centre for Diversity in the Professions at Leeds Metropolitan University. An award-winning scholar, journalist, photographer and poet, she was Distinguished Professor of Canadian Culture at Western Washington University, Running Stream Professor of Ethics and Identity at Leeds Metropolitan University, a research associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University, and a television and radio broadcaster, newspaper and magazine writer and arts reviewer in the US and Canada. Her books include: Un/Covering the North: News, Media and Aboriginal People; Media Ethics and Social Change; and Names and Nunavut: Culture and Identity in the Inuit Homeland. She is a founding member of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association.

Media and Ethnic Minorities (Paperback) (ISBN: 9780748620692)
Valerie Alia, Simone Bull
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Book Description: Edinburgh University Press, United Kingdom, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 216 x 138 mm. Brand New Book with Free Worldwide Delivery. This book addresses cross-cultural representations of ethnic minority peoples by dominant society 'outsiders' and indigenous self-representation in the context of the 'New Media Nation'. In doing so, it explores the role of language, culture, identity and media in liberation struggles and the emergence of new political entities, and opens up issues of colonial oppression to public debate. It is intended to help inform policy in a variety of settings. Grounded in current perspectives on diaspora and homeland and drawing on Alia's work on minorities, media and identity as well as Bull's work on Maori socio-cultural issues and criminalisation of minorities, this volume offers a comparative, international perspective on the experiences of a broad range of ethnic minority peoples. These include Inuit and First Nations people in Canada; Native Americans and African Americans in the United States; Sami in northern Europe; Maori in New Zealand; Aboriginal people in Australia and Roma in Ireland and Britain.Features *Teaching and learning exercises accompany each chapter *Includes recommendations for further reading, listening and viewing *Contains a comprehensive list of ethnic minority media in the UK. Bookseller Inventory # AAU9780748620692

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Northern Aboriginal Broadcasting and Distribution Projects

Ottawa, 20 September 1990
Public Notice CRTC 1990-89

Ottawa, 2 February 1990
Public Notice CRTC 1990-12
Table of Contents
1. Background
2. Consultation
3. Objectives
4. Proposed Definitions
5. Classes of Licence
6. Promise of Performance
7. Advertising
8. Conflicts with Private
9. Development of Native Music
10. Distribution
11. Conclusion

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Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Banff Centre Writing/Literary program deadlines

Banff Centre Writing/Literary program deadlines

Writing Studio *Program dates: *April 25, 2011 - May 28, 2011 *Application
deadline: *November 15, 2010,

Literary Practice at the Edge* Program dates:* February 14, 2011 - February
26, 2011 *Application deadline:* November 15, 2010

Literary Arts Self-directed Writing Residency (Winter)* Program
dates:*January 4, 2011 - March 31, 2011
* Application deadline:* November 26, 2010

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month by Listening to Native Radio Theater

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with Selections from
the Native Radio Project
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month by listening to, broadcasting, or streaming the following selections from the Native Radio Project:
Picture of Super Indian
Super Indian
  • Super Indian
  • Boozhoo and Waste Yahi from Minneapolis
  • Why Opossum's Tail is Bare
  • The Red Road
  • Raven's Radio Hour
  • The Bullfrog Lover

Check out entire program descriptions, running times and other information by downloading the Native Radio Theater Program Catalogue.

Picture of Possum
Why is my tail bare?

Northern residents travel deduction

NNSL Photo/Graphic

Andy Wong
Guest columnist
Monday, September 27, 2010

Previous columns 

One step forward and two steps back. It's a well worn cliche and applies to the northern residents travel deduction. Instead of diving into this disappointing development, it helps to set the stage.

Northerners who have lived in the territories for at least six months qualify for a travel deduction if they receive a Box 32 travel benefit from their employer that's reported on their T4 slip.

For this deduction, you claim the lower of three amounts: the Box 32 benefit, actual trip expenses and a contentious amount described in the Income Tax Act as the 'lowest return airfare ordinarily available, at the time the trip was made...'. If your travel benefit was $1,500 and you spent $1,600 on a trip, you want to know what the lowest return airfare is, don't you?

The Canada Revenue Agency and northerners agree the term 'lowest return airfare ordinarily available, at the time the trip was made...' means the lowest regular fare available at the time of your trip. It was not the lowest fare but the lowest regular fare because the tax rules say the fare must be ordinarily available. This distinction is important. Regular airfare excludes time-sensitive discounted or promotional fares and offers some buoyancy to the amount - a good thing because you want the lowest return airfare to be high.

There are three ways to get the all-important 'lowest return airfare.'

You can ask at the check-in counter for the last-minute regular airfare in writing. This may be problematic if you drive out or the airport is busy. Or you print out the last-minute, online airfare. At the time of writing, the Yellowknife-Edmonton regular, next-day return, airfares posted by an airline were $1,175 (flight leaves in 4 hours); $596 (leaves the next day); $407 (leaves in 30 days).

You can check for comparable flights over the next 30 days and come to this obvious fact - the sooner you book, the cheaper your flight. This quick online research supports what we already know - last minute fares tend to be costlier.

The third method is to guess at the last-minute 'lowest return airfare' for your trip. Guessing is perfectly acceptable. The CRA guesses at that amount. For 2008 and 2009, the CRA allowed $983.15 for a Yellowknife-Edmonton trip (comparable higher amounts for other northern communities) because that was estimated to be a reasonable average last-minute regular fare for the two years. It's in the ballpark, in my opinion, and I suspect many Yellowknifers were happy to use that amount instead of fighting the CRA over a few more dollars.

Here is my current gripe. In a tax tip published earlier this year on their website:, the CRA explained the inner working of the travel deduction. Unfortunately, and quite maddeningly, the CRA stated the lowest return airfare means the lowest return airfare for regularly scheduled commercial flights.

This statement is incorrect because the lowest return airfare on a regularly scheduled commercial flight captures the bargain-basement discounted or promotional airfares.

The all-important word 'regular' should have modified 'airfare,' not 'scheduled commercial flight.' Curiously, when was the last time you flew on a non-regularly scheduled commercial flight?

You got to love them or hate them to invoke change. Let's try both. The CRA is trying, outstandingly, to help us understand the travel deduction but they need to understand it first.

It would help tremendously if the CRA adds this clarification to their tax tip, 'Lowest return airfare means the regular cost of an airline ticket without any promotions or discounts.'

Andy Wong, CGA, CFP, is a tax consultant at MacKay LLP, Chartered Accountants, in Yellowknife. He can be reached at:

Monday, 27 September 2010

CARFAC in the North (Inuktitut) ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑏᑦ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᐃᔨᖏᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒦᑦᑐᑦ

ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑏᑦ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᐃᔨᖏᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒦᑦᑐᑦ

2003-ᒥᓂᑦ, ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑏᑦ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᐃᔨᖏᑕ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᖏᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖃᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᒪᑎᑦᑎᓂᐊᖅᑐᑎᑦ ᐱᔨᑦᑎᕋᕈᑎᑎᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᐅᔭᖅᑎᓂᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᑉ ᓄᓇᖏᓐᓂ, ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑐᖅᑕᐅᓪᓗᑕ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓐᓂ, ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑎᓄᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᖏᓐᓄᑦ. 2005-ᒥ, ᐋᖅᑮᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᕗᒍᑦ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᐃᔨᓂᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᓪᓚᕝᕕᐅᑲᐃᓐᓇᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᔫᑳᓂᒥ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕈᑎᖃᕋᓱᐊᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᒍᑦ ᑐᑭᓯᑎᑦᑎᒐᓱᐊᖅᑐᑕ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᔨᑦᑎᕐᓗᑕ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᑉ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑎᖏᓐᓄ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑕᐅᒍᓐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓄᑦ ᐱᕚᓪᓕᕈᑎᖃᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ. ᐋᖅᑭᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᒍᑦ ᒥᑭᔪᒥᒃ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᖃᕐᕕᒻᒥ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᑉ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑎᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᓄᑖᕐᓂ ᐊᓪᓚᕝᕕᑎᓐᓂ, ᐱᑕᖃᖅᑐᓂᓗ ᑐᓴᖅᑎᑦᑎᒍᑎᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᓂᖏᓐᓂ, ᓴᖅᑭᑕᐅᕙᑦᑐᓂᓗ ᑎᑎᖅᑲᓂ ᓇᒻᒥᓂᖃᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒥᒃ, ᓴᖅᑭᔮᖅᑎᒐᒃᓴᓂᒃ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᔾᔪᑏᑦ ᒥᒃᓵᓄᑦ. ᑖᒃᑯᐊ ᑕᑯᔭᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᑕ ᐊᓪᓚᕝᕕᖓᓂ ᐃᖃᓗᓐᓂ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᖃᕐᕕᒃ 204 ᕙᐃᑦᕼᐅᐊᔅᒥ.

ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᖅ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᐅᑎᓪᓗᒍ, ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᐃᔨᕗᑦ ᓄᓴᕗᒻᒥ ᐳᓛᕆᐊᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᓐᓄᑦ, ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᖃᒪᓂ'ᑐᐊᕐᒧᑦ, ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓄ, ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᒻᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᓂᑭᓗᐊᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᕆᐊᖅᑐᖅᑐᑎᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑏᑦ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᐃᔨᖏᑕ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᖏᑕ ᒥᒃᓵᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᖓᖅᑎᓄᑦ ᑕᐃᑲᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᓐᓂᒥᐅᑕᐅᔪᓂᒃ. ᐊᔾᔨᐸᓗᐊᓗ, ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᐃᔨᐅᔪᑦ ᔫᑳᓂᒥ ᐅᖃᖃᑎᖃᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑎᓂᒃ ᕙᐃᑦᕼᐅᐊᔅᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑖᓴᓐ ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᖓᓂᒃ ᔫᑳᓂᒥ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᐃᓅᕕᒻᒥ, ᓄᓇᑦᓯᐊᕐᒥ. 2006-ᒥ, VNL-ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑏᑦ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᐃᔨᖏᑕ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᑎᑦᑎᖃᑦᑕᓕᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᑐᑭᓯᑎᑦᑎᒋᐊᖅᑐᑎᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓪᓗᑎᑦ ᓛᕕᑐᐊᕆᒥ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᖓᓂ ᓯᕗᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂ. ᐸᕐᓇᐸᓪᓕᐊᕗᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓛᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᑉ ᐊᕕᑦᑐᖅᓯᒪᔪᖏᓐᓂ.

2006-ᖑᑎᓪᓗᒍ, ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑏᑦ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᐃᔨᖏᑕ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᑦ ᑐᑭᓯᒋᐊᕈᑎᖏᑦ ᑎᑎᖅᑲᖏᑦ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑑᓕᖅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᐅᓪᓚᖅᑎᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᑦ ᓄᓇᕘᒥ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑏᑦ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖏᑦ, ᓈᑲᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᐅᔪᖅ. ᑖᒃᑯᐊ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᐃᑦ ᐱᖃᓯᐅᔾᔨᕗᑦ ᑐᑭᓯᒋᐊᕈᑎᓂᒃ CARFAC-ᒃᑯᓐᓂ, ᓇᒻᒥᓂᕆᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓇᒻᒥᓂᕆᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᓄᐊᑕᐅᓯᒪᓂᖏᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᖃᐅᓰᑦ ᓇᒻᒥᓂᖃᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᒐᖃᕐᕕᒻᒥ, ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᓪᓗᑎᑦ ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ.

ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑏᑦ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᐃᔨᖏᑕ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖏᑦ ᒥᒃᓵᓄᑦ
ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᓂᖓᑦ ᓴᓇᙳᐊᖅᑎᐅᑉ

CARFAC in the North

Since 2003, CARFAC has been working to offer our services for artists living in northern communities, with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Government of Nunavut. In 2005, we established representatives and temporary offices in Nunavut and the Yukon, and the goal was to provide information and services to northern artists where there is little assistance for professional development. We set up small resource libraries that were accessible to northern artists in our new offices, which included copies of our Advisory Notes, publications on the business side of art, presentation materials, and general membership information. These materials are still accessible at the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association (NACA) office in Iqaluit, and Studio 204 in Whitehorse.

Throughout the project, our representatives in Nunavut visited Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Baker Lake, Arviat, Pond Inlet and Sanikiluaq to talk about CARFAC with Inuit artists living in these regions. Similarly, representatives in the Yukon spoke with artists in Whitehorse and Dawson City in the Yukon, as well as Inuvik, in the North West Territories. In 2006, VANL-CARFAC began delivering information sessions and workshops in Labrador, and will offer further programming in the future. Plans are also underway to deliver workshops in the northern territories.

In 2006, a number of CARFAC's materials were translated into Inuktitut and were distributed at the Nunavut Arts Festival, hosted by NACA. These materials include information about CARFAC, copyright and copyright collectives, and topics on the business side of art, which are available here for download.

Status of the Artist

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Art Demos & Workshops Aurora Arts Society Arts Week 7

Art Demos & Workshops Aurora Arts Society Arts Week 7
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Café
Five artists demonstrate their work. Meet the artists, ask questions, and get close to the action as you learn about materials and techniques seen in works of art and in some cases try your hand in creating art. This is an opportunity to find out what the art process is all about.
Douglas Witt - Mask (Yellowknife)
Lorette Gregoire - Painting and Drawing (Quebec)
Laura Ettagiak Orchard - Sewing with fur, beadwork,mukluks & more (Yellowknife)
Roger Bisson - Caribou Antler Carvings & Soapstone Carvings (Yellowknife)
Diane Mercredi - Monoprint making (Yellowknife)

Now archived online at

Friday, 24 September 2010

Aboriginal youth journalist Intern Opportunity @ imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Aboriginal journalist Intern Opportunity: imagineNATIVE Correspondent with

Intern Op at iN with CBC

Intern Opportunity:
imagineNATIVE Correspondent with

Deadline: Friday October 8th, 2010

We have an exciting and unique career-building opportunity for one
Aboriginal youth (age 18-27) interested in gaining journalism skills at
this year's imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Learn how to cover
special events for one of Canada's leading news sources, and gain hands on
training and invaluable job skills.

imagineNATIVE is seeking one young, Aboriginal intern who will write about
their experience at this year's imagineNATIVE Festival. Individual will be
selected to provide coverage of the 5-day festival (Oct. 20-24 in
Toronto). The individual selected will work directly with selected mentors
from CBC and mediaINDIGENA who will be providing daily live coverage of
festival events. Additionally, the selected intern will be linked to a staff that will oversee and edit their daily coverage. The selected
correspondent will be provided with an all-access pass to the festival,
and be assigned to cover select special events and screenings at the
festival. Interviews with artist will be arranged, and coverage will be
posted daily on the and websites.


* Applicants must be between the ages of 18-27;

* Applicants must be of Aboriginal background (from anywhere in the

* Applicants must be living in Toronto, or be in Toronto for the
duration of the festival (October 20-24, 2010) -- please note, subsidy
will not be provided for out of town applicants;

* Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in journalism, writing,
or film.

Application Process:

* Send your personal bio along with up to a one page explanation of
why you should be selected as the imagineNATIVE Correspondent for CBC

* Send your resume/CV outlining your experience in journalism and/or

* Send a .jpg image of yourself (if possible);

* Send your complete contact information, including email, mailing
address, and phone number. Please also include your Indigenous

Applications must be received by no later than Friday October 8th, 2010.

Applications may be emailed to, sent via
fax to 416-585-2313, or delivered to the imagineNATIVE office (by October
8th) to:

ATTN: Correspondent - CBC
imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 349
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8

For further information about this opportunity, contact Kerry Potts at or (416) 585-2333.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Migratory Passages ~ Passages Migratoires video online part of Culture Days in Canada

Migratory Passages ~ Passages Migratoires

The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) and the NWT Arts Council present “Migratory Passages ~ Passages Migratoires”, a bilingual exhibition featuring aboriginal art and design from northern Quebec. The public exhibition opening and reception took place on Friday, September 17th at 7:00 pm at the PWNHC.

This travelling exhibit shares results of a partnership project between First Nation communities and academic researchers to stimulates creativity through networking and exchange. The exhibit, on display until November 30th, includes stunning handcrafted objects combining traditional aboriginal craftsmanship skills with contemporary design. Produced by the Chicoutimi-based art organization La Boite Rouge Vif, the exhibit portrays the creative works of 23 Aboriginal artists from three aboriginal Québec communities: Odanak, Mashteuiatsh, and Uashat mak Mani-Utenam.

This video includes documentation of the travelling artist's visits to the N'Dilo K'alemi Dene School, l'Association Franco-Culturelle de Yellowknife, the opening of the exhibition and images from the exhibition.
Total Running time: 01:45:44;20

Produced by
George Lessard, video artist

Excerpt of BBC story mentioning Arviat

A journey from Churchill Manitoba on Hudson Bay north to Arviat Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic


Arviat is the furthest south of a string of isolated communities - mainly Inuit towns - running up the Hudson Bay and along the Arctic Ocean shores.

Supporting remote communities like this is another way Canada can show who is in charge up here, demonstrating to the world that the Arctic is a region populated, sustained and defended by Canadians.

Government strategy includes the social and economic development of communities in the north. (The shipping company we travelled with, NTCL, is owned by First Nations or native communities and is the largest in northern Canada.)

Arviat Temperatures in Arviat can drop to -40C in winter

We met Tony Uluatluak, who was waiting with his wife and children for their new car to come off the barge. He is from the largest Inuit family in town - his parents have 192 grandchildren.

"Do you feel part of Canada," I asked.

"We are 100% Canadian," he told me, "proud to be Canadian."

We walked into Arviat through a cold, damp mist.

It's a place built for practicality where temperatures can drop to -40C in winter. The dirt roads were unpaved, lined with weathered wooden houses.

Boats and skidoos lay alongside. Outside one house animal skins were hanging. Above another, a Canadian flag fluttered.

Here, they hunt caribou and seals and are allowed a quota of whales. If polar bears come into town - as I was told they often do - they are fair game too.

Here, traditional and modern ways of life coexist.

There's a KFC branch and I saw people riding around on all-terrain vehicles, yet many women wore traditional long coats with large hoods in which they carried babies.

As in many northern communities, alcohol is not allowed but everyone smokes.

The Inuit language Inuktitut is more widely spoken than English, even though the Queen is on the banknotes. In written form it appears in elegant, almost geometrical shapes.

Both languages were equally prominent on many signs around town.

Canada supports strong native traditions - it's also a way of reinforcing its ownership of the north.

But the people need the government as much as it needs them. There are few jobs, prices are high and many depend on benefits.

At the large grocery store that is the town's focal point I met Chesley Aggark, his wife Shauna and their three children carrying two loads of shopping to their ATV.

They told me one week's groceries cost them more than 500 Canadian dollars (£310.)

I asked them how they could afford it.

Shauna pointed down: "with the help of my children," she said, "child benefit… income support."

"Could you survive if the government didn't help you," I asked.

"No," she said.

After delivering cargo to Arviat, our boat headed further north to another community, carrying the last precious supplies before winter's freeze.

We hitched a ride on another tug back to Churchill and two days later our journey was over.

But the gold rush in the Arctic is just beginning and I saw first hand how Canada is staking its claim.

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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Upcoming Quilt Guild Classes in Yellowknife

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Creating the Illusion of Depth – Oct 7 & 8
Sheers to You – Oct 9
Esterita’s Inukshuk – Oct 10 & 11
Esterita Austin Lecture – Oct 6

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Saturday, 18 September 2010

Aurora Arts Society – First Annual Symposium - Day One - Audio Files

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Youth Writing Competition: Yukon Sisters in Spirit Vigil – October 4, 2010

Youth Writing Competition

Yukon Sisters in Spirit Vigil – October 4, 2010

The Sisters In Spirit Campaign is a national research project that has been researching missing and murdered aboriginal women across Canada. This research has been done in order to shed light on the fact that Aboriginal women continue to be targets of hatred and violence based on their gender and their race. They continue to be objectified, disrespected, dishonoured, ignored and killed, often with impunity. The Yukon Aboriginal Women's Council alongside with the Whitehorse Aboriginal Women's Circle and The Women's Directorate has initiated their own Yukon research project specifically looking at missing and murdered Aboriginal women.


The 5th annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil will take place on October 4, 2010.� Since 2004, October 4th has been designated as a day where we honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls across Canada.� Over the last 5 years we have had many inspiring and moving speakers, but this year on October 4th, we would like to incorporate a youth speaker.


In order to generate some possible candidates we are holding a youth writing competition, and are asking secondary teachers across the territory to possibly introduce the research project and present their students with information about the competition.


We are looking for content expressing why it is important to respect and honour the women in our lives and communities. We are asking that submissions be ANY written form of expression such as; a poem, a song or a speech, and must be no longer than two to three minutes in length.

We know that this is a busy time of year for teachers and in no way do we want to impose on your already busy schedules, but we do feel it is important to give our youth a voice on this matter.

Submissions can be sent via e-mail, fax or postage and must be received by no later than September 24th.

Yukon Aboriginal Women's Council

Suite 202-307 Jarvis Street

Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2H3

E-mail: ysis@...

Fax: 867-667-7539


For more information, please contact Michelle Beckley at 456-6541


Thank you!

 For more information on the National Sister's In Spirit Initiative please go to:

5th annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil DRAWING CONTEST for youth


Dear community member!

The 5th annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil will take place on October 4, 2010.� Since 2004, October 4th has been designated as a day where we honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls across Canada.� Over the last 5 years we have had many inspiring and moving speakers, but this year on October 4th, we would like to incorporate children's messages through their drawings.

Contest Criteria:

Theme: Honouring Women

Why my Mom/Grandmother/Aunt/Sister is the best!

�     Entries must be received by Friday September 24th, 2010
�     Please include name, age and contact information (4 to 17 years old - only)


Submissions can be dropped off, OR sent by mail, e-mail or fax to:
Yukon Aboriginal Women's Council
Suite 202-307 Jarvis Street
Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2H3
E-mail: ysis@...
Fax: 867-667-7539

All entries will be on display at the Sister's In Spirit Vigil on October 4th.

The winner of each age category will be announced at the October 4th Vigil.

For more information, please contact Michelle Beckley at 456-6541

Thank you!

For more information on the National Sister's In Spirit Initiative please go to:

 Julie M�nard
Social Marketing Analyst / Analyste du marketing social
Women's Directorate/ Direction de la condition f�minine
Yukon Government / Gouvernement du Yukon
P.O.Box 2703, Whitehorse (Yukon) Y1A 2C6
Ph/T�l.: 867 456-5509 - Fax/T�lc.: 867 393-6270

Friday, 17 September 2010

Creating for a living: Artists reflect on the challenges of a visual arts career

Who Makes Art?
Aurora Arts Society – First Annual Symposium
Saturday & Sunday September 18 –19, 2010
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Creating for a living
Artists reflect on the challenges of a visual arts career

Daron Letts
(c) 2010 Northern News Services
Published Thursday, September 16, 2010
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SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - A representative from a national artist advocacy organization is visiting Yellowknife this weekend as part of a symposium for the seventh annual ArtsWeek.

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A guest receives a cleansing foot massage from a volunteer at the Salvation Army in this still taken from a new short film by director France Benoit and videographer Gary Milligan. The film, titled Hand to Toe: an Exploration on the Art of Giving, is scheduled to premiere at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. The screening will open the ArtsWeek panel discussion about the struggles professional artists face in the North. - photo courtesy of France Benoit

Patrick Close, president of the Saskatchewan chapter of Canadian Artists Representation Le Front des Artistes Canadiens (CARFAC), will participate in a panel discussion at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The discussion, titled Who Makes Art?: People Who Have Money, will explore the question: is it possible to survive as an artist?

A longtime prairie painter and photographer whose work is displayed in the National Gallery of Canada, Close organizes professional artists to strengthen their collective voice across the country.

"In Yellowknife I hope to engage in a dialogue about what are workable strategies for the community and for artists," Close said. "We will look at the community's needs and discuss strategies based on those needs. To me the most important thing is to meet the artists and to share whatever stories and knowledge I have. The best solutions are made locally – those that artists come up with themselves, drawing upon their own resources."

Close's organization is a non-profit association established by artists in 1968 to encourage a social and economic climate that supports the production of visual arts, which includes advocacy, government lobbying, research, and public education on behalf of professional artists.

There are four CARFAC members living in the NWT, including Yellowknife photographer George Lessard. Lessard is leading a presentation on Internet presence training for artists at 1 p.m. Sunday at the museum as part of the ArtsWeek symposium.

"I'm a member to support the work artists are doing and to boost my income," Lessard said. "CARFAC helps artists manage their rights – they act as agents, in a sense. They will collect income that is owed an artist from exhibition fees from public galleries. They are intermediaries for that. They help the process go easily."

Close will introduce different approaches to making a living as an artist during Saturday's panel discussion.

Topics on the table will include copyright law, exhibition rights, funding opportunities, and the need to respect traditional knowledge.

"We will touch a little bit on how artists have organized into CARFAC and what the benefits of that have been over the years," Close said. "We simply have organized ourselves to be able to pull together some of the resources and the voice we need to survive."

Close will frame several ongoing CARFAC campaigns, such as the initiative to establish resale right legislation for visual artists, a concept whereby an artist would receive a residual benefit when an artwork is re-sold beyond a certain threshold.

"If this particular measure was put into the copyright act it would allow a visual artist to receive a similar benefit an author or an actor receives when a book is reprinted or a TV show is syndicated," Close said, adding that jurisdictions such as New Zealand, California, and the European Union have enacted resale rights.

Members of the panel will discuss the issue of NWT artists selling work in the North only to see it resold at a much higher mark-up in the south.

Other participants on the panel include artist Aidan Cartwright, and filmmaker France Benoit. Photographer Bill Braden will moderate the discussion.

The event will begin with the screening of an eight-and-a-half-minute short film directed by Benoit and shot by videographer Gary Milligan.

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