Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Nunavut Inuit Kids Have Nothing To Do After School

Tagak Curley, a representative from Rankin Inlet in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, says students often have nothing to do after school, and with summer approaching, they'll soon have a lot of time on their hands. That can lead to alcohol abuse and kids getting into trouble. "Teenage people are getting so bored, they just start drinking, doing drugs for the fun of it because they have nothing to do," he says. Curley called on the education minister of Nunavut to make school buildings available, and for more volunteers to help with supervision. "Many of students are asking for youth centres but I believe we have enough local facilities if we could all work together to make schools a little more actively used for after school stuff." Nunavut in Canada's Arctic region has one of the youngest populations in Canada with 60% under age 25. Rankin Inlet incidently is where Jordon Tootoo of the National Hockey League's Nashville Predators comes from.

It seems to me that this is an excellent opportunity to develop programs where the Nunavut Inuit kids can learn more about their own Inuit culture including learning how to do Inuit art. There have been interest among some of the Inuit youth to help bring back some of the traditional Inuit culture.

To see authentic artwork from Nunavut, see Free Spirit Gallery Inuit Carvings.

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