Staff and Partners join in wishing you a very safe and happy National
Fast Food Day!
This is the one
day of the year during which Fast Food may be consumed Guilt Free,
with ABSOLUTELY NO IMPACT ON YOUR HEALTH!
may not apply in some jurisdictions. Check with your mom. She’ll
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
NEW DIGS, REDUX
Okay, here's a riddle
for those loyal readers who have been following this newsletter.
- The world's largest collection of Sylvia Huckerby paintings
of vegetables in a single room;
- An Indian buffet, Lebanese lemon pistachios, and a Korean
groceteria within a stone's throw;
- Ottawa's most unique "Men's" and "Women's"
- Walls freshly painted in more shades of green than you ever
- Two very comfortable office spaces for rent?
Aw. You guessed.
The icing was added
to the Consilium cake last week when our gorgeous new sign, hand
carved by master sign maker Doug Bernhardt, was ceremoniously
installed, officially marking the end of The Move.
We were remiss last
month in not providing a picture of Mary Kritz,
training and adult education specialist, and the newest member
of the Consilium family. But it actually wasn't our fault...since
starting work with us nearly two months ago, Mary has been in
either a Nunavut classroom or a DEW Line Cleanup site. Here she
is, captured in a rare moment of repose back home in Ottawa.
Akhaliak Consulting and Gartner Lee Limited have won
a contract to develop the Nunavut Mineral Exploration
and Mining Strategy for the Government of Nunavut. Aarluk/Akhaliak
will carry out community consultations, after a DRAFT strategy
has been developed, in Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk and Taloyoak in
the Kitikmeot. Rankin Inlet, Baker Lake and Arviat in the Kivalliq,
and Iqaluit, Resolute Bay, Igloolik, Arctic Bay and Pond Inlet
in the Qikiqtaaluk region. The team expects to consult with various
interest groups, including Regional Inuit Associations, Regional
Wildlife Organizations, NTI and other organizations such as the
Nunavut Impact Review Board, Nunavut Lands Commission, Nunavut
Water Board, and other stakeholder interest groups or government
departments. Keep your eye on this newsletter for updates as they
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. Here
instructor Clive Tesar explains the finer points
of management communications to hamlet staff in Arctic Bay.
Consilium partner, presented preliminary findings and
recommendations to a meeting of the Nunavut Implementation
Training Committee last month, following a four-month
evaluation of their programs, services and operations. Evaluation
findings and recommendations will be posted on NITC's website
later this month.
Aarluk is proceeding with work on the evaluation
of the Canada Nunavut Cooperation Agreement on
Official Languages - Inuktitut component. After completing
a literature review on Inuktitut language protection, team members
are now in the process of interviewing Nunavummiut, federal officials
and others on issues relating to official languages and protection
of Inuktitut. The next step will be an Inuktitut language focus
group in Iqaluit to review preliminary findings. Team members
include Greg Smith, Professor Louis-Jacques
Dorais, Terry Forth, Helen Klengenberg, James Arreak
and Ian Kenney.
the creation of the Territory of Nunavut in 1999, Mirnguiqsirviit
was established, the Inuktitut name for the new Territorial Parks
and Conservations Areas Department. The staff set about developing
an organization and image for the parks system that honoured Inuit
and the landscape of Nunavut. The creation of a new signage system
was one of the first tasks, and from it's outset the design team
referred to the artwork of Inuit artists for stylistic inspiration.
Wherever possible the design team of Uqsiq Communications, Inuit
artist Andrew Qappik, and Aarluk;s Chris Grosset, attempted to
capture the Inuit sense of humour while still maintaining a clear
sense of meaning. The Scuba Diving Inuk is one of a series of
new Nunavut Parks activity icons. The scuba diver, in full parka,
will be used to identify dive sites at future marine parks in
Nunavut. To learn more about parks in Nunavut, visit the Mirnguiqsirviit
website at www.nunavutparks.com
Consilium and Carol Rowan are
beginning research in Nunavik to provide information for a strategic
planning process for Avataq Cultural Institute.
Consilium team members include Greg Smith, Ron Ryan
and Blair Stevenson. Sarah Bennett
is also providing assistance with research. In a parallel project,
Terry Rudden is also working with Avataq to identify
the needs of Inuit artists and artisans in Nunavik.
Greg Smith has just completed a review of job
descriptions for the positions of Chief and Deputy Chief for the
Council of the Cree Nation of Mistissini.
Astonishingly, it doesn't
seem to be anyone's birthday this month...not that anyone is admitting
to, anyway. But it IS the eleventh anniversary of the historic
November day when two eager young (ish) consultants spotted a
Request for Proposals in Nunatsiaq News, and decided to team up
with a small group of associates to bid on the preparation of
the Nunavut Implementation Training Committee. From those humble
beginnings came...(cymbal clash)...the humble current state of
Rudden and Valerie Assinewe left this morning on their
annual pilgrimage to Bonaire, a dive Mecca off the coast of Venezuela.
Bonaire's waters have been a protected marine park since 1957,
and its fish population and coral reefs are among the best in
the world. No cell phones, no laptops, no Club Med, Planet Hollywood
or Hooters...just flamingos, donkeys, sand, and scuba divers.
This image was captured by underwater Webcam just 18 seconds ago.
As noted in last month's
newsletter, October 25th is St. Crispin's day, a day immortalized
by the Battle of Agincourt, Shakespeare's wonderful call to battle
in "Henry V", and by the fact that St. Crispin is the
patron saint of leathermakers and quality footwear. St. Crispin
has further immortalized his economic association with Consilium:
the building we occupy is called St. Crispin's Towers. In
recognition of St. Crispin, Consilium has instituted the tradition
that we all go out and buy shoes upon St. Crispin's Day. Here
partner Ron Ryan shows off his spiffy new St.
Crispin's Day acquisition.
TEN YEARS AGO
Ron Ryan and Terry Rudden
delivered a "Training for Trainers" program to an international
group of Inuit, Mapuche and Russian students in ???
Terry Rudden, Lois Leslie, Simona Arnatsiaq-Barnes began a series
of regional planning sessions to complete a comprehensive plan
for the assignment of all Inuit responsibilities under the Nunavut
Land Claims Agreement. The Inuit Implementation Plan was completed
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