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you will find notes on new people, new projects, and new
online materials you may find interesting. Enjoy, and
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Greg Smith is project manager for an
AARLUK contract with Human Resources Development Canada to
evaluate the Canada-Nunavut Labour Market Development
Agreement. The evaluation will look at benefits and
measures provided to Nunavut residents under the
agreement, and their impacts on participants and Nunavut
communities. Other Aarluk partners and associates
on the project include Helen Klengenberg, Jonah Kilabuk, Fred Weihs,
Terry Forth, Robert Higgins, David Boult, Terry Rudden, along with David Gladders of Transpolar
Technologies, Norm Leckie from Ekos Research Associates,
Terry Forth, with Fred Weihs
and Terry Rudden, are preparing a discussion paper for
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. examining the difficult issue of
direct payment to beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land
Claims Agreement. Their findings will be tabled at the
NTI Annual General Meeting in Sanikiluaq.
- Ron and Carol Rowan have been
working with ITK on a series of proposals to Health Canada to ensure
that Inuit participate meaningfully in the national Early Childhood
Development (ECD) Strategy.
It may not win him
an Oscar, but Terry Rudden recently returned to
his theatrical roots to play the complex and
challenging role of "The Adjudicator" in a video
produced by Jennifer David for Indian and Northern
Affairs Canada. While his onscreen appearance
lasted approximately six seconds, and involved no
actual speaking, Terry feels that he brought a
textured, nuanced subtlety to the part that
discerning viewers will no doubt appreciate.
Ron Ryan will facilitate a
planning and review session for the Waswanipi
Development Corporation (WDC) to follow up on previous
strategic planning sessions. . The WDC was established
to foster and promote economic development of the First
Nation of Waswanipi, Quebec.
More than 150 delegates have
already registered for the 'Redefining Relationships'
Land Claims conference in Ottawa, November 11-14, 2003.
Co-chaired by Joe Kunuk and Richard Nerysoo, the
conference features high-profile speakers including Pita
Aatami, President of Makivik Corporation; Dr. Joseph
Gosnell, President of the Nisga'a Lisims Government; Ed
Schultz, Grand Chief of the Council of Yukon First
Nations; and Tony Penikett, past Premier of the Yukon. Follow the
Redefining Relationships link at
www.consilium.ca/alcc for more information.
The Board of the Nunavut
Implementation Training Committee will be reviewing
Consilium's recommendations for five-year strategic
goals later this month. Check out the NITC website
Aarluk Consulting and Carol
Rowan have just completed a comprehensive reference
manual for the Board of Directors of Children Societies
in the Baffin region of Nunavut. This manual was
prepared for Community Programs, Nunatta Campus, Nunavut
Arctic College in partnership with Kakivak Association
as part of their childcare training program in the
Baffin. Training will take place in seven communities
over the next couple of months, using this manual has a
Greg Smith, Terry Rudden and Ryan Lotan
are finalising arrangements for an audience survey for
Nunavik’s Inuktitut language radio and television
broadcaster Taqramiut Nipingat Inc. (TNI). The survey
questionnaire is ready and in translation, and
fieldworkers in all 14 Nunavik communities will be
trained to interview a total of approximately 275
Weihs, Ryan Lotan and Patti Black are completing work
on the first phase of development of an employment registry
for Cree in the Mushkegowuk region of Ontario. The
Registry will cover the various communities in the
region, providing data for measuring the impact of major
projects, for human resource and training
planning, and for linking people in the communities
looking for jobs with potential employers. Surveys, data
entry and reporting have been completed in 3 communities
in the initial phase of the project. The Registry
project is being prepared under the direction of Mushkegowuk
Council Employment and Training Services by Consilium
and MacLeod Farley and Associates.
And more on the policy
front....Consilium is completing policies and procedures
manuals for the administration and operation sides of
the Eeyou Economic Group (EEG), a community future group
situated in Waswanipi, Quebec. EEC provides financial
assistance and support to the nine communities along the
James Bay of Quebec for economic development.
Greg Smith recently taped a video
interview for the 20th anniversary
broadcast of the Inuvialuit Communications Society
(ICS), which provides Inuvialuit language television
and other media services. Greg was instrumental in
helping to establish ICS in the early 1980’s and was
the organization’s first Executive Director. He
would like to use this space to send greetings to
any old (or not so old) friends from the Western
Arctic and to wish ICS many more years of continued
Bill Goose and Greg
Smith...long, long ago...
- Ron, David Boult
and Robert Higgins have been busy working with the
Department of Economic Development of the Assembly
of First Nations (AFN) in the development of
discussion papers on National Aboriginal Resource
Allocation Model (NARAM), Contribution Agreement
Templates and the Urban issues in the renewal of
the Aboriginal Human Resources Development
Strategy (AHRDS) II scheduled for April 1st, 2004.
not charting the course for her new company,
ARDOS President Valerie Assinewe likes to engage
in other forms of steering. Here she is on a
recent vacation in Tobermory, Ontario, at the
helm of the popular dive wreck Niagara II. The
wreck is nearly intact, as you can see: this
picture was taken at a depth of about 70 '.
- Aarluk President Helen Klengenberg is
moving from Rankin Inlet to Iqaluit, the Aarluk head office. Spouse Paul
Murphy will be heading over in early October, followed by daughter
Michelle and family. Bon Voyage, all!
Fred Weihs, in a personal time warp of several decades, attended the
Rolling Stones SARSStock concert in Toronto with his daughter Rosina
and 500,000 other enthusiastic rock ‘n roll fans. While the Stones
themselves were somewhat disappointing, AC/DC stole the show,
followed in close second by a reborn Guess Who. A great time was had
by all, even though one trip through the crowd back to the rest
station (i.e. outhouse) took an hour and a quarter (two and a half
hours round trip)
Marianne Smith have just returned from a two week visit to friends and
family in Switzerland (Marianne’s country of birth) and Denmark and
Sweden, where Greg spent time living and working as a teenager and later
as a graduate student. In Switzerland they joined 24 other family members
to celebrate her mother’s 80th birthday and in Denmark hoisted
a couple of Tuborgs on the terrace of a hotel overlooking Vejle Fjord,
where Greg was a mason’s helper during construction in the 1960’s.
Three noteworthy celebrations this month.
Our latest arrival, Ryan Lotan, celebrates
his birthday on October 15. Funny, he always reminded us strangely of
both Friedrich Nietzsche and Richard Carpenter, both born that day.
You guessed it....St. Crispin
And finally...October 25th is St. Crispin's
day, an official Consilium Holiday, sort of. Consilium's Ottawa offices
are located in St. Crispin Towers, and we normally celebrate by buying new
shoes on that day (St. Crispin being the patron saint of leatherworkers).