Youth and Elders

Makkuktut Sangiktilirput ("Youth Getting Stronger")

Elders share their knowledge with youth, connecting them with their traditional culture. "On the land" activities include camping, iglu-building, ice-fishing, helping mushers in long distance dog races, or visits to areas of cultural significance to Inuit. Youth also learn traditional Inuit games, drum dancing, how to make a drum, traditional Inuit songs, and throat-singing. The program began in 1998, and attracts large numbers of students - 384 youth participated during 2004 alone.

Funding: Nunavut Dept. of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth, Justice Canada (Community Mobilization Program), National Association of Friendship Centres, and many local sources.