Bolludagur (Icelandic Bun Day) ! (February 26)
is celebrated by creeping up on people before
they get out of bed, and spanking them with the bolludagsvöndur,
a specially decorated stick. For successfully whacking unsuspecting
sleepers, one receives a rjomabolla , or cream bun (as
illustrated). Now you know why Bjork writes such strange lyrics.
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
been remiss in not introducing you to our newest associate: James
Forth, carrying on the family tradition of Aarluk consultancy
established by his dad. James has been involved in education and
training in Nunavut for the past seven years, including program
delivery, management and design for the GNWT, GN and Kakivak Association.
He participated in the design, implementation and management of
the Nunavut Executive MBA program, the first University Graduate
program delivered in Nunavut. While with Kakivak Association,
James played an important role in the implementation and management
of the National Parks Economic Opportunities Fund as provisioned
under the Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement for the Qikiqtaluuk National
Parks. Along with this fund, James has also managed several other
training and business development funds throughout the Qikiqtaluuk
James holds a B.A. in Industrial Relations with a double minor
in Business and Economics. He also has a Canadian Certified Teaching
Degree and is a Commercially Licensed Helicopter Pilot and - best
of all - a Certified Diving Instructor.
The Aurora Group
(Aarluk, Earthlore and Akhaliak) Senior Officials' workshop
on Risk Communications in Nunavut is now fully booked, with a
growing waiting list. Risk communication is a specialized approach
to information management that ensures audiences receive information
prepared specially for them, in a climate of trust and transparency.
The workshop will be presented in Iqaluit by communications consultant
Clive Tesar on February 16-17, 2005.
Ron Ryan will be working with BEAHR
(Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources), a joint initiative
with the Canadian Council for Human Resources in the Environmental
Industry (CCHEI) and the Aboriginal Human Resource Development
Sector Council of Canada. The long-term goal is to have 6,000
Aboriginal people employed in the environmental sector within
15 years. Ron recently provided expertise and support at a meeting
in Prince George, BC. Participants at the meeting were representatives
from CCHEI, College of New Caledonia (CNC), the local Aboriginal
Human Resources Development Agreement holder (PGNAETA) and local
forestry companies, the focus of the meeting was the restructuring
of an existing Forestry Technology Program to better meet the
needs of Aboriginal learners as a pilot project. If successful
there could be other such arrangements across the country.
And from the West Coast to the Maritimes... Ron Ryan,
Mary Kritz and David Boult will be working
with the Listuguj Mi'gmaq Government to revise
policies, procedures and job descriptions.
is working this month with CPAC, the national
Cable Political Affairs Channel, on a revision of their human
resources policies and procedures.
Terry Rudden, Patti Black and Mary Kritz
have completed the design of a half-day workshop for non-Inuit
supervisors on DEW Line Clean-up sites. The workshop explores
culturally appropriate strategies for leadership in the workplace.
Aarluk 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. This
class in Resolute Bay studied Management Communications with Aarluk
facilitator James Forth.
Work is proceeding on the draft final report of the evaluation
of the Inuktitut component of the Canada-Nunavut Cooperation
Agreement on Official Languages. The project is
being managed by Greg Smith, for the Government
of Nunavut Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (CLEY).
Representatives of the federal Department of Canadian Heritage
are also involved in the project steering committee. The
Agreement provides funding for projects in Nunavut to support
and Carol Rowan are continuing to work with Avataq
Cultural Institute on developing a strategic plan. This
includes helping to position language, culture and Avataq itself
in the planning process for the Nunavik Government. In January,
Avataq representatives and Greg and Carol met with members of
the Inuit negotiating team to discuss progress of the negotiations,
to present findings of consultations in Nunavik (northern Quebec)
undertaken as part of the planning process, and to consider Avataq's
potential role and positon in the Nunavik government. Protection
and enhancement of the Inuktitut langauge was the number one priority
of those consulted.
work on the Nunavut Heritage Sector Needs Assessment and Strategic
Plan. The project, initiated by Inuit Heritage Trust
on behalf of Nunavut's heritage organizations, begain
in November 2004. Chris Grosset and Ryan
Lotan undertook the heritage needs assessment in December,
with findings to be reviewed during the heritage sector strategic
planning workshop in Iqaluit from January.
Consulting Inc. has completed the Final Report on the Evaluation
of the Benefits and Measures provided under the Canada-Nunavut
Labour Market Development Agreement. Greg Smith
managed the project. Research for the evaluation, which
was conducted for the federal Department of Human Resoruces
and Skills Development (HRSDC), took place over 18 months.
Aarluk collaborated with Transpolar Technologies
and EKOS Research Associates. Other members
of the Aarluk team included Terry Forth, Helen Klengenberg,
Fred Weihs, Ryan Lotan, Robert Higgins, David
Boult and Jonah Kilabuk.
As is appropriate for
the longest, darkest month of the year, January yielded a fabulous
harvest of minor disasters. Ron had a hernia
operation (he's fine), Chris Grosset got hit
by a car (he's fine), and Leslie shmucked her
license plate driving into a snowbank in the Consilium parking
lot. But by far the most depressing event of all...
Terrilynn Chiasson, our office administrator,
will be leaving Consilium at the end of February: she'll be moving
to Markham, Ont., as her partner Laurent begins a new job. Terrilynn
has been an important member of our team, from occasional to part
time to nearly full time, for almost five years now. Her hard
work, versatility, knowledge of Korean food, sense of humour,
and uncanny ability to decrypt Ron's flipcharts are just some
of the assets that made her a valued member of the Consilium family.
We thank her for those five years, and wish her all the best in
her new home.
is currently recruiting a consultant to help manage the expansion
of our Iqaluit office. See the Nunatsiaq News website www.nunatsiaq.com/CurentAds/jobs
for further details.
Sorry, we couldn't resist
providing one more piece of Leap Day Trivia. The most famous Leap
Day baby was Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald
Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy
Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus
Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenberdorft, Sr., born on February 29, 1904
near Hamburg, Germany. In later life Adolph shortened his name
to "Mr Wolfe Plus 585, Sr."
Grosset thought he had ducked the Newsletter Birthday
Research Group...and then blew it by bringing in birthday muffins.
Happy belated one, Crash.
February Birthdayist Mary Ann Dohler, Founding
Mother of the Accounting Department, celebrates on February 9th...St.
Maron's Day. St. Maron, as you all know, was praised for
"always seeking for new ways to accumulate all the treasurers
of wisdom"...just what you want in an accountant.
ONE YEAR AGO
Chris Grosset begain
working for Aarluk Consulting.
TEN YEARS AGO
began to work with Tanya Koenig, David Forster
and Lougheed and Associates on the concept and
design of a national website for Aboriginal youth. The site evolved
into the Aboriginal Youth Network, and won a Microsoft International
Award for Public Service websites.
was working with Robert Higgins of Sinaaq Enterprises,
David Boult of Boult and Associates, and Peter
Usher of P.J. Usher Consulting Services on A Review
and Assessment of the Economic Utilization and Potential of Country
Food in the Northern Economy for the Royal Commission on
Aboriginal People, which looked at the economic significance and
potentail of country food for Aboriginal eople in Labrador, Northern
Quebec, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon.
Smith had just completed a project acting as Principal
Advisory and Speaker for the first Cree Communications
Symposium, linking nine Quebec Cree communities and the
main site in Montreal by video and audio conference. Presenters
from Newfoundland to Alberta provided information and demonstrations
of new communications technologies and uses. Cutting-edge
technologies at the time included videoconferencing (which was
shortly afterwards adopted by the Cree School Board for distance
education in all Cree communities), and something new called the
"Internet". The presenter claimed that this "Internet"
would apparently enable people in different locations to somehow
connect their computers together to communicate with each other.
In fact, he actually claimed that soon people would be using some
form of electronic mail that would replace fax machines as a standard
means of sharing information over distances.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
SPOT THE PARTNER:
The London Derrières premiered on Robbie Burns Day, 1985, at Nakasuk
School in Iqaluit, not quite launching the Celto-Inuit fusion
music craze that didn't entirely take the world by storm. From
left to right: Chris "Fingers" Beckett, Mark "Bela"
Sandiford; Keith "The Hammer" MacNeill: and Terry "Why
Don't I Have an IBC Sweatshirt?" Rudden.
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