Today's summer guest host was David Michael Lamb.
It's Friday August 21st.
In a symbolic slap against the European Union's ban on Canadian seal products, Prime Minister Harper and some of his cabinet ate seal for lunch in Iqaluit.
Currently, and to further show his disdain for the Europeans, the Prime Minister dined on mad-cow tartar, green salad with a fine oil-sands vinagrette and for
dessert ... he gobbled down a big bowl of chocolate-chip asbestos.
This is The Current.
Arctic vs. Inuit Sovereignty
Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited the North this week. The intentions were tto showcase the Prime Minister's commitment to asserting Canada's sovereignty in the Arctic.
To that end, the phrase "use it or lose it" has been an effective slogan. But those words infuriate many Inuit. After all, from their point of view, they've been "using" the land there quite effectively for a couple of thousand years.
John Amagoalik is with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, which represents the Inuit in the Baffin Region and High Arctic. He also played a key role in the founding of Nunavut. And he was in Iqaluit.
Artist: Madeleine Allakariallak and Phoebe Atagotaaluk
Cut: Kajusita (When My Ship Comes In)
Polar Prom - Documentary
High school proms are a rite of passage that most teenagers take for granted. But not in Igloolik. It's a small, isolated Arctic town in Nunavut. And this past spring, the town's students, parents and teachers staged the first prom in the town's history. It was a huge success and an inspiration in a lot of ways. And it can all be traced back to an e-mail that the CBC's Maureen Brosnahan received last winter. Maureen's documentary is called Polar Prom and it first aired on The Current in June.