Looking for just
the right day to celebrate this month? Something festive, non-denominational,
and unique? Have you considered December 18th...National
Wear A Plunger On Your Head Day?
ARDOS and Aarluk wish all of our clients, friends, families and
associates a very safe and happy holiday season.
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
us in the sumptuous Chateau Consilium this month is CareerAim.
CareerAIM provides a powerful job search
engine technology that helps people in the Ottawa and Toronto
areas develop their careers. CareerAIM's technology identifies
over 6,000 unique job opportunities each month and automatically
alerts job seekers daily by email of new positions that match
their skills and interests. Pictured left to right:
Rang Zhang, Caroline Thompson, David Forster (President), Dan
Franzblau (Vice-President, Engineering). CareerAIM
- Ottawa Job Search.
Inuit Heritage Trust has selected Aarluk Consulting
to conduct a needs assessment of heritage stakeholders from across
Nunavut. The project will develop a positively focused 'network'
of all Nunavut's heritage stakeholders to share information, and
to encourage forward thinking and planning of the heritage sector.
Activities will include a needs assessment and a facilitated workshop
to develop a strategy and implementation schedule. Chris
Grosset leads the project team for Aarluk, with Greg
Smith, Ryan Lotan, James Arreak,
and James Forth. The questionnaire will be delivered
to stakeholders in early December, with the workshop in Iqaluit
scheduled for late January 2005.
your job hands you a special treat…such as the opportunity to
discuss Inuit language and culture with some of the leading advocates,
artists and practitioners in Nunavut. Helen Klengenberg
and James Arreak of Aarluk Consulting
facilitated a stimulating focus group of Inuit from deeply involved
in helping to preserve and promote their language. They included
Order of Canada recipient Elisapee Ootoova from
Pond Inlet, award-winning filmmaker Zacharias Kunnuk,
youth representatives Miali Coley and Tommy
Akulukjuk , Kitikmeot regional educator Millie
Kuliktana, youth writer Celina Kalluk,
Gwen Ohokak (creator of the Inuinnaqtun dictionary),
NTI cultural specialist Navarana Beveridge, and Inuktitut language
advocate, Bernadette Dean. The focus group was
a key element of the evaluation Aarluk is currently completing
on the Canada Nunavut Cooperation Agreement on Official
Languages – Inuktitut Component, under the capable leadership
of Aarluk partner Greg Smith. The Agreement provides
$1.1 million per year from the federal Department of Canadian
Heritage for Inuktitut and $1.45 million for French.
continues delivering workshops for Arctic College
and the Municipal Training Organization of Nunavut
as part of an extensive training program for municipal employees
in 12 communities. David Boult, one of the team of intrepid instructors,
had an experience this month in Pond Inlet to remind him that
indeed, he was a long way from Kansas. One morning, about fifteen
minutes after he left his accommodation to go to the Adult Learning
Centre, excited students rushed in to tell him that a polar bear
had been shot in town. Never one to avoid a good class field trip,
David joined the rest of the class and went to view the kill.
While it was certainly exciting, David was a bit unnerved to find
out that the bear was shot within a couple of hundred yards of
his billet. Just another day in the life of an Aarluk management
trainer in Nunavut...Pictured from l James Forth's Resolute Bay
workshop are: in the back row from left to right: Ralph
Alexander (Hamlet), Philip Manik (Hamlet), Diane Hunter (Hamlet).
In the front row from left to right: Lisa Komangapik (Hamlet),
Janice Kalluk (Housing Association), Nancy Amarualik (HTO)
is a highly specialized series of techniques for presenting information
on complex issues to a range of stakeholders. The Aurora Group,
a partnership formed by Aarluk, Earthlore and Akhaliak, is preparing
a special invitational workshop on this topic for delivery in
Iqaluit in February.
The draft final
report on the evaluation of Nunavut Benefits and Measures under
the Canada-Nunavut Labour Market Development Agreement has been
delivered by Aarluk Consulting to Human Resoruces and Skills Development.
This has been a major consultatoin and reseach project over the
past 15 months, involving a case study approach, interviews, focus
groups, surveys and analysis of Government of Nunavut, HRSDC and
other data. The programs under the Agreement include Training
on the Job and Skills Training for EI eligible clients.
Greg Smith is project manager.
presented a series of options on restructuring the relationship
between Inuit organizations involved in Wildlife Management in
Nunavut to a meeting of key stakeholders in Edmonton last month.
The recommendations were developed by Terry and Fred Weihs through
six months of consultation and research with Inuit organizations,
Institutions of Public Government and government representatives
Ukkusiksalik National Park Community Initiative Fund Study
is in the home stretch, with community research now being
completed in the five affected communities – Repulse Bay, Coral
Harbour, Chesterfield Inlet, Baker Lake and Rankin Inlet. Terry
Forth, Chris Grossett, Ryan Lotan and Fred Weihs
are developing a draft report for discussion in December
with members of the Kivalliq Inuit Association Executive Committee;
the final report should be completed in early January.
Implementation Training Committee is required under the
Land Claim Agreement to conduct an independent external review
of its operations every five years. Terry Rudden
presented preliminary findings and recommendations from the most
recent review to a meeting of NITC staff in Winnipeg. Evaluation
findings and recommendations will be posted on NITC's website
later this month.
Consilium and Carol Rowan are carrying out consultations
in Nunavik and in the south as part of background research for
strategic planning for Avataq Cultural Institute. Greg
Smith is project manager, and Carol is coordinating research.
Sarah Bennett travelled in Nunavik to conduct
interviews and focus groups, and helped with recording a TNI radio
phone-in show about Avataq. The findings will be presented to
the Avataq project steering committee at a planning meeting in
Montreal later in December, and will help to guide strategies
for future directions for the organization.
Smith was a speaker at the annual conference of the Canadian
Evaluation Society - National Capital Chapter in November. His
presentation was on the topic of Engaging and Managing Multi-Stakeholder
Environments. It drew on more than twenty years experience in
conducting research and consultations, including evaluation research,
in northern and Aboriginal communities. The presentation focused
on the rewards, and some of the issues and challenges of working
in this environment, with suggestions for methods and processes
for completing projects successfully.
Weihs assisted the Labrador Inuit Health Commission
and Labrador Inuit Association with facilitation of their 2004
Regional Health Conference. Over 40 delegates from communities
in Labrador assembled in North West River to develop recommendations
on health issues and services and on the role of language and
culture in promoting healthy, individuals, families and communities.
Labrador Inuit recently ratified their land claim agreement, which
will see the creation of a regional Nunatsiavut government with
law-making powers in areas such as health and education, economic
development, and lands and resources. Fred is pictured here with
Shirley Montague, a member of the Regional Health Conference Steering
Committee. The Conference was chaired by William Andersen III,
President of LIA, and Tony Andersen, Vice-President of LIA.
Lanark County, just
west of Ottawa, is known for its large deer population, which
has grown tremendously in the past few years and caused a lot
of grief to motorists and farmers trying to protect their crops.
Greg Smith lives on a rural property near Almonte,
in Lanark County. He and his son Colin (17) have
each been successful at bagging a deer this past November hunting
season, (not quite as pictured left) both within a hundred
yards of the house. Other son Jonah (19) is the
family skinner and talented butcher, helping to fill the freezer
with a variety of well carved cuts. A favourite meal at the Smith
household is venison Fondue Bourguignon.
Rudden and Valerie Assinewe returned
tanned, relaxed and salty from their annual scuba pilgrimage to
Bonaire. Highlights included a close encounter with five spotted
eagle rays swimming in formation, and a snorkel-dive in one of
the Island's larger, deeper sweetwater caves. Dive buddy George
Hargrave took the opportunity to shoot some final scenes for his
soon-to-be-released "Dive Bonaire DVD", featuring a
commentary track by George and Terry.
Happy Birthdays due
to our newest partner, bear-dodgin' workshop teachin' David
Boult (December 7th, anniversary of the bombing of Pearl
Harbour) and check writin' budget balancin' Consilium bookkeeper
TEN YEARS AGO
Greg Smith completed
the outline of a long term plan to provide broadcast training
to the James Bay Cree in northern Quebec, while Fred Weihs completed
training for the Pasico Development Corporation in entrepreneurship,
market development, and management. Pasico served seven First
Nations in the Mushkegowuk region of Ontario.
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