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8th Fire: May 2012 Archives

Northern Futures: Learning a trade

Eric Lemelin fits a pipe during his plumbing and heating exam in Inukjuak. (Ainslie MacLellan)With a growing population, and the Plan Nord on the horizon, Nunavik is expected to see more new construction in the coming years. But teacher shortages in specialized programs in the North can be a barrier to young Inuit wanting to learn a trade.

As part of our Northern Futures series, Ainslie MacLellan drops in on a plumbing course at the adult education centre in Inukjuak, to hear about both the challenges and the rewards of pursuing an education in the North.

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Northern Futures: Hip hop social work in Inukjuak

Kids in Inukjuak practice hip hop dance moves (photo: Ainslie MacLellan)Blueprint For Life uses hip hop music and dance to try to get young people to open up and to talk about everything, from depression, alcohol and drug abuse, bullying and even suicide. The CBC's Ainslie MacLellan stopped by one of the group's workshops in Inukjuak.
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Northern Futures: Throat-singer Evie Mark

Evie Mark first learned throat-singing as a way to get closer to her Inuit culture. She grew up partly in Ivujivik, the northernmost community in Nunavik, and partly in southern Quebec. But it was when she was 18 that she took up throat-singing in earnest. She's now performed everywhere from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, to music festivals in Montreal.

Her throat-singing brought her into connection with the organization Blueprint for Life, which does social work through hip hop dance workshops, mostly in northern communities.

Quebec AM's Ainslie MacLellan caught up with Evie Mark at a Blueprint workshop in Inukjuak, to talk about what she sees as the biggest issues facing Inuit youth.

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