How do we provide a future for young people in the North?
The future of Nunavut lies in the territory's youth. More than half of the population is under the age of 30. Many leave for the south to find education and jobs, and some never come back. How can we help the young acquire the skills to power an economy that will sustain their communities in the North?
Our question: "How do we provide a future for young people in the North?"
With guest host Duncan McCue, live from the Anglican Parish Hall in Iqaluit.
In Iqaluit, we welcomed a live audience to share their perspectives on the radio. We also had our team taking calls from across the country.
More from this episode:
- Watch the trailer!
- BLOG: The Importance of Taking the Tuktu by the Antlers
- CBC Forum: How can we help Northern youth acquire the skills to power an economy that will sustain their communities?
- AUDIENCE: "It's because we are still using our language, our traditions that we're going to be able to forge ahead."
- AUDIENCE: "Not everybody wakes up to a supportive family."
- WEB EXTRA: Iqaluit school boosts attendance 20 per cent with blended cultural programs
- WEB EXTRA: 'Culture shock' impedes some Inuit students from success in South
Nunavut is a young place, created with great hope for the future and a sense of destiny almost 17 years ago.
It's a place with lots of youth--the youngest population anywhere in Canada--with more than half the population under the age of 30.
It's a place of optimism and pride, but it is also a place of great challenges. It's isolated, cold, and nature has a way of reminding you who is boss around here. High school drop out rates are high. So are suicide rates.
Many who want a good education feel they have to go south. Some don't come back. Many who stay find it tough to strike out on their own due to the shortage of housing and job opportunities.
The dream of Nunavut was to offer better government and self-determination. But is the future for too many young people in the North dependence on government?
Young people everywhere challenge the traditions of their parents. But in the North, learning to live with--and from--the land and sea is a vital part of cultural identity. How do young people in the north today balance the teachings of Inuit elders with the need to earn a living in a modern economy?
We're going to hear today from young people living in the north, and folks in our live audience about what's working for youth and what's not. But we also want to hear from some of you listening in other parts of Canada. Does YOUR Canada include the north? What needs to happen to help the north grow a sustainable economy?
Our question today: "How do we provide a future for young people in the North?"
President & CEO of Nunavut Housing Corp. Former president, ITK (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami), Canada's National Inuit Association
Jesse Unaapik Mike
She's worked with young people in Nunavut all her life. She is currently Director of Nunavut Stars Hockey Camp, a past President of the National Inuit Youth Council and a past President of the suicide prevention organization, Innusiq.
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