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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


June 28, 2003 - Issue 90


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Four Talented Youth Recognized in the Inuktitut Uqauttin Youth Poster Challenge


by Government of Nunavut


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Iqaluit, Nunavut - Four youth have been selected from amongst hundreds who sent in posters for the 2003 Inuktitut Uqauttin Youth Poster Challenge.

The Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth invited youth from throughout Nunavut to submit posters expressing what the traditional Inuit languages means to them. This activity was part of the Department's contribution to Inuktitut Uqauttin Week (Language Week).

The winning drawings belong to: Joesph Kilabuk, Grade 3 from Alookie School in Pangnirtung promoting the message "I like the Inuktitut language because it is our language";

Kyle McLean, Grade 6, from Rachel Arngnammaktiq School in Baker Lake with the message, "Keep our culture alive"; Kathleen Merritt, Grade 8, from Alaittuq High School in Rankin Inlet, telling people "When you talk to your children in Inuktitut, it keeps our language alive," and

Bobby Misheralak, Grade 10, from Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit letting people know "Inuit don't have to lose their language."

All children who participated in the contest received a certificate for participation from Peter Kilabuk, Minister of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth.

"It is important to encourage our youth to think about traditional Inuit languages and to continue speaking it from as early an age as possible and to reinforce pride in their traditional language throughout their schooling," said Minister Kilabuk. "That was why we opened the contest to all school age youth."

Each of the winning drawings will be reproduced into full size glossy posters and distributed throughout Nunavut during Literacy Week in October.

"The intention of the contest was to find a message that captured what the youth were feeling regarding the traditional Inuit languages and share this message with the rest of the youth in the territory. We are delivering their message of pride with traditional Inuit languages, from youth for other youth."

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