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Voices from Nunavut

02 June 2017

The Honourable Paul Quassa
Minister of Education

Voices from Nunavut

Mr. Speaker, I stand before you and my fellow members today to tell you about Voices from Nunavut: A Canada 150 Signature Project.

Mr. Speaker, I am proud to say that our youth continue to show appreciation for our culture and our heritage.  Through the Voices from Nunavut project, youth from our various communities shared with other Nunavut communities and the rest of the country what our territory feels like, sounds like and looks like in 2017.

With the concerted efforts of community members, students, and teachers, 27 videos were produced that feature the beauty of our land and our culture. These videos highlight and celebrate Inuit culture, like seal hunting, throat singing, and community events. There are also clips that feature our Elders.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to commend the invaluable work of the teachers and instructors in all 25 Nunavut communities who have supported their students in creating videos to describe what is special about their community.   I would also like to thank the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum for initiating and making this project a reality. It is a wonderful way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. 

Mr. Speaker, Voices from Nunavut is on exhibit at the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum. I invite you and my fellow members to view this commendable body of work that will be featured throughout the month of June. 

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.