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Eva Aariak, a closer look

On April 1, 1999, the new territory of Nunavut was born, finally making the controversial dream of the Northwest Territories' Inuit a reality. It meant the Inuit gained self-rule and control over their own institutions. This was the result of years of lobbying Ottawa and numerous plebiscites overwhelmingly in favour of self-determination. But along with the territory come the challenges: combating suicide, reversing assimilation and regaining a sense of identity.

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Before becoming premier of Nunavut, Eva Aariak was a teacher, an Inuktitut book coordinator for children, a CBC reporter, Nunavut's languages commissioner, a developer of Inuktitut software for Microsoft and an entrepreneur: the owner of  an Inuit arts and crafts shop.

Medium: Television
Program: Northbeat
Broadcast Date: Nov. 18, 2008
Guests: Eva Aariak, Lena Evic
Reporter: Allen Auksaq
Duration: 2:42

Last updated: November 19, 2013

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