Happy Monopoly Day
In honor of
this prestigious occasion, we challenge our readership...what's the name
of the little guy with the top hat and moustache?
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT CONSILIUM, AARLUK AND ARDOS... In this corner of our site we’ll be posting notes on new people, new projects, and new online materials you may find interesting. Enjoy, and come back often.
- Okay, You
Passed the Audition. After two years of part
time support, Terrilyn Chiasson joins the
Consilium family as Office Administrator. She's
the ultra cheerful person who'll be answering the
phone from now on. Terrilyn holds a BSc in
Psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University in
Halifax, as well as diplomas in Business
Administration and Program Analysis/Internet
Solutions Development. She taught English as a
Second Language in Kangnung, South Korea, and has
traveled throughout Eastern Asia.
- Leslie Sutherland
now ascends to the lofty position of Office Manager,
supervising Terrilyn and also taking over a broader range
of project coordination and management duties.
Another evaluation project for Consilium. The First Nations
and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada is contracting
Consilium to conduct an evaluation of a pilot project which
will be taking place over the next few months. The Home and
Community Care/Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative Application
e-Health Solutions Pilot Project will test an application
which will help to monitor and report on community health
services. The application includes electronic client
records, the collection of service delivery and surveillance
data, and information management capacity at the community,
regional and national levels. Greg Smith is Project
Manager. Working with Greg will be Ryan Lotan and new
associate Fern Assinewe of Sagamok.
- Join Aarluk and
See the World. Chris Grosset has been
travelling across Nunavut to do on-site research
on potential trades and occupational training
facilities for the Government of Nunavut
Department of Education. After a brief
stopover in Iqaluit, Chris is spending two weeks
visiting communities in the Kitikmeot. His
research will help the team to provide an
assessment of the availability and suitability of
various facilities for training for a number of
trades and occupations. With Chris on the project
are Greg Smith (Project Manager),
Catherine Moore, Robert Billard, Helen Klengenberg
and Bert Rose.
- Jennifer David
of ARDOS, unquestionably the most artistic of our
partners, will be facilitating a series of
workshops for Aboriginal Media Artists currently
funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Scheduled for Winnipeg in May, the workshops will
assist developing young artists in establishing
positive, productive mentoring relationships to
support their development.
- Terry Forth,
Lazarus Arreak and Terry Rudden have begun
consultations with Nunavut Tunngavik
Incorporated (NTI) and the Regional Inuit
Associations to identify ways of delivering
programs and services to Inuit beneficiaries more
efficiently and economically.
Foreground: Entrance to a
600-year old Thule-culture stone and whale bone dwelling.
Background: Abandoned DEW Line tropospheric antenna array
constructed during the 1950's "cold-war"
- Fred Weihs
has completed a comprehensive draft training plan
for NTI and the Regional Inuit
Associations of Nunavut to support Inuit
employment during the cleanup of DEW line training
sites for the next decade. Working with Patti
Black and Terry Rudden, Fred developed a strategy
that will support training for Inuit in high
priority positions, from Truck Drivers to Site
- Fieldwork has
wrapped up for the evaluation of the
Canada-Nunavut LMDA, being conducted by Aarluk
Consulting Inc. for HRDC. The research team,
headed by Greg Smith, has completed more
than 55 key informant, stakeholder and employer
interviews, as well as interviews with a number of
clients. More than 60 clients from five
communities have responded to a detailed survey on
their experiences with the Benefits and Measures
offered under the Agreement. This information will
be combined with data from a variety of sources,
including the Government of Nunavut's Case
Management System for analysis and reporting. The
final report, to be written by Greg and Fred
Weihs, is due at the end of June.
Just days to go until the NTI election.
Chief Returning Officer Helen Klengenberg, Assistant Chief
Returning Officer Lazarus Arreak and their team of local
returning officers and polling clerks are locking in the hundreds of
last minute details that go into organizing a Nunavut-wide election.
Advance polls take place on March 9th, with the main election on March
16th, 2004. For further information visit the election website
www.ntielections.com , or
call their toll free election hotline at 1-877-NTI-VOTE
Terry Rudden and Jerico David
are completing the final touches to NTI's Implementation
Management System, a powerful Access-based database that will
enable NTI to track implementation of the hundreds of Government, DIO
and NTI obligations arising from the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.
- Our in-house data
whiz, Ryan Lotan, is completing the
tabulation and analysis of 164 audience
surveys from 12 Nunavik communities. The surveys
were conducted by Consilium for Taqramiut Nipingat
Inc. (TNI), the Inuit radio and television
broadcaster serving the Nunavik region. Results
were processed using the SPSS program and a report
will be provided to TNI by the end of March.
Greg Smith and Terry Rudden are also
working on the project.
Greg Smith, with editorial input
from wordsmith Terry Rudden, is completing a report on
Aboriginal Broadcasters Perspective on Broadcast Policy for the
Aboriginal Programs Directorate of the Department of Canadian
Heritage. The report will summarise an earlier analysis of
Aboriginal and Public Broadcasting in Canada prepared by Terry, and
the results of a three-day consultation and planning session involving
representatives of thirteen Aboriginal Broadcast organizations funded
by the Northern Native Broadcast Access Program (NNBAP) and the
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).
- ARDOS President
Dr. Valerie Assinewe helped to organize and
participated in a conference on Indigenous
healing, held by the Belize Indigenous Training
Institute (BITI) from February 25 to 27th in
Punta Gorda. Funders, Canadian scientists and Mayan healers
from the Toledo district of Belize came together
to agree on strategies for carrying the work of
the healers forward.
Consilium and ARDOS
were there in force at the Aboriginal Human
Resource Development Council of Canada national
forum in Halifax, where stakeholder groups developed
engagement strategies that will assist Aboriginal
people to find and maintain employment. ARDOS team
members and conference organizers Ron Ryan,
Jennifer David, Leslie Sutherland and Terrilyn
Chiasson were onsite as organizers, facilitators, recordists, and...once the conference
- Waskaganish recreation
personnel, including Ernie Moses and Hugo Cowboy, were
recently provided with a four day training and planning session by
Greg Smith. The training took place at The Gathering Place,
Waskaganish's new and very impressive recreational facility - which
includes a gym, exercise centre and a cyber café. It was Greg's
first visit back to this James Bay Cree community in a few years,
and he reports that it was nice to bump into many old friends while
travelling up and back with Air Creebec, and while in the community.
Greg helped to design and deliver a two-year training program for
Cree Cultural Coordinators in the late 1990's, so he was pleased to
catch up on news from former trainee and well-known Cree artist Tim
Whiskeychan and Cree Regional Authority archaeologist David Denton.
Designer at Work"
- Look for big changes to the
Consilium website very soon. Squads of HTML programmers, graphic
artists and professional writers are labouring around the clock to
create the absolute summit of Internet experiences for our loyal
readers. Watch for the announcement of our virtual launch party
within the next couple of weeks.
does Terrilyn get to join the Consilium team...but in this, her Very First Month
on the job, she gets the coveted Consilium Birthday Mention in the Gossip
section of the Newsletter. I mean, honestly, does it get any better than this?
No, it does not. Send your cards and letters to Terrilynn on March 17th, which
of course also marks the anniversary of the date that St. Patrick chased all the
snakes out of Cape Breton.
And on the
subject of birthdays...a belated happy one to Aarluk's Lazarus Arreak, who
celebrated his twenty ninth birthday on February 26th.
to an inquiry received from a client...no, "Dump Your Significant Jerk Day" had
NO connection with "Redefining Relationships".
And by the way...the little Monopoly
Man with the top hat and moustache is named Rich Uncle Pennybags. You see, you
learn at least one fascinating thing in every Consilium Newsletter.
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