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Presenters: Jordan Konek, Amy Owingayak, Curtis Konek, Martha Okotak and April Dutheil …

Presenters: Jordan Konek, Amy Owingayak, Curtis Konek, Martha Okotak and April Dutheil
Supervisors: Dr. Frank Tester, Dr. Paule McNicoll & Mr. Peter Irniq
School of Social Work University of British Columbia
Library and Archives Canada
Ottawa, Canada
May 12, 2011

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  • -tell the story of discovery, why is this important? AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: So to start: who here can tell me where Arviat is?
  • Purpose: -challenge essentialist and tightly scripted colonial and post-colonial histories of Nunavut by examining not only the lived experience of Inuit Elders but the contexts (social, political, economic and cultural) informing those engaged in colonization to achieve a psycho-historical exploration of experience. -define essentialist & tightly scripted Inuit youth mental health -more than just a history project -self-esteem, identity to address Inuit social problems amongst Inuit youth
  • -A change of life from Inuit traditional ways to western living -Multidimensional understanding of colonial history: interviewing Inuit Elders and Qablunaat elders -examining archival documents from government workers, RCMP, nurses, teachers, missionaries, historical photographs, film, artifacts Social Media -Blogsite: a way to foster knowledge sharing between other Inuit youth in Nunavut and exchange ideas with people of the south -encourage you to go onto our site, as the youth questions or comment on their work, you can ask questions without having to sign up with tumblr, share this with your other friends through twitter & facebook -Our facebook page has 80 friends, mostly Inuit youth from Arviat
  • Purpose: -challenge essentialist and tightly scripted colonial and post-colonial histories of Nunavut by examining not only the lived experience of Inuit Elders but the contexts (social, political, economic and cultural) informing those engaged in colonization to achieve a psycho-historical exploration of experience. -define essentialist & tightly scripted Inuit youth mental health -more than just a history project -self-esteem, identity to address Inuit social problems amongst Inuit youth
  • Purpose: -challenge essentialist and tightly scripted colonial and post-colonial histories of Nunavut by examining not only the lived experience of Inuit Elders but the contexts (social, political, economic and cultural) informing those engaged in colonization to achieve a psycho-historical exploration of experience. -define essentialist & tightly scripted Inuit youth mental health -more than just a history project -self-esteem, identity to address Inuit social problems amongst Inuit youth
  • Purpose: -challenge essentialist and tightly scripted colonial and post-colonial histories of Nunavut by examining not only the lived experience of Inuit Elders but the contexts (social, political, economic and cultural) informing those engaged in colonization to achieve a psycho-historical exploration of experience. -define essentialist & tightly scripted Inuit youth mental health -more than just a history project -self-esteem, identity to address Inuit social problems amongst Inuit youth
  • Purpose: -challenge essentialist and tightly scripted colonial and post-colonial histories of Nunavut by examining not only the lived experience of Inuit Elders but the contexts (social, political, economic and cultural) informing those engaged in colonization to achieve a psycho-historical exploration of experience. -define essentialist & tightly scripted Inuit youth mental health -more than just a history project -self-esteem, identity to address Inuit social problems amongst Inuit youth
  • -Why is this the better approach? -maternal health, food security, environmental issues, water scarcity, education, poverty, loss of culture & language
  • Recap of points: -the importance of learning lessons from Elders for Inuit youth to healthy assert themselves in an increasingly globalized world -more than just a history project
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    • 1. 1Sivulinuut Elders Society  Nanisiniq: Arviat History Project Presenters: Jordan Konek, Amy Owingayak, Curtis Konek, Martha Okotak and April Dutheil Supervisors: Dr. Frank Tester, Dr. Paule McNicoll & Mr. Peter Irniq School of Social Work University of British Columbia Library and Archives Canada Ottawa, Canada May 12, 2011
    • 2. 2Video Introduction
    • 3. Nanisiniq: 3Arviat History Project A journey of “Discovery”  Inuit Elders & Youth from Arviat, Nunavut  Arctic history from an Inuit perspective  Two year multi-media history project  University of British Columbia & the Sivulinuut Elders Society  Funded by Social Science Humanities Research Council of Canada
    • 4. 4Inuit History Most dramatic assimilation period in history Generational trauma & cultural stress Widening generational gap due to globalization Inuit youth less aware of culture Tester & McNicoll (2004)
    • 5. 5 Purpose1) Open a dialogue between Inuit & Qablunaat (people fromthe south) on essentialist and tightly scripted colonial historiesof Nunavut2) Bridge the gap between Elders & youth3) Creation of relevant educational resources4) Foster Inuit youth social identity & self-esteem
    • 6. 6Methods Participatory Action: Train four Inuit youth as student researchers in the history of the Arctic Kivalliq region Case Study Approach: Period of assimilation in 1950-60s which Inuit were relocated from the land to settlement life in Eskimo Point (Arviat)
    • 7. 7 Purpose #1Open a dialogue between Inuit & Qablunaat onessentialist and tightly scripted colonial histories ofNunavutMethods:  Re-examine colonial relations by using archival material  Qualitative interviews with Inuit & Qablunaat Elders  Social media: facebook, twitter, youtube, blogging: Nanisiniq.tumblr.comOutcomes: Data still has to be analyzed
    • 8. 8 Purpose #2Bridge the gap betweenInuit Elders & youthMethods:  Qualitative interviews between Elders & youth  Mentorship opportunitiesOutcomes: Data still has tobe analyzed
    • 9. 9 Purpose #3Creation of relevant educational resourcesMethods:  Culturally-relevant educational resources for the Nunavut Department of Education  Full-length documentary filmOutcomes:  Current curriculum development with Nunavut Department of Education
    • 10. 10 Purpose #4Foster Inuit youth social identity & self-esteem Methods:  Skills based training for Inuit youth researchers  Workshops on history, filming & interview skills  Qualitative interviews with youth throughout project  Cross-cultural educational opportunitiesOutcomes:  Personal development opportunities for youth researchers
    • 11. 11A Socio-Historical Approach:Other Potential Impacts Challenges biomedical approach to Inuit social health and well-being  Incorporates Inuit Qauyimayatuqangit (Inuit traditional knowledge) Inuit community partnerships  Elders role in conceptualizing and shaping project Youth empowerment as an investment in community building  Addresses a multiplicity of issues
    • 12. 12 Future Directions Documentary film series on Inuit history A model for youth empowerment across Nunavut Creation of an archival centre in Nunavut
    • 13. 13 References Tester, F. J., & McNicoll, P. (2004). Isumagijaksaq: Mindful of the state: Social constructions of inuit suicide. Social Science & Medicine, 58(12):2625-2636.
    • 14. Mutna! Thank you! 14
    • 15. 15Questions