Acadia students ask, “What’s your IQ?” at 24-hour public event
For Immediate Release
(WOLFVILLE, NS – March 18, 2010) – National Inuit leader Mary Simon has designated 2010 as “The Year of the Inuit” and Acadia University students responding with a celebration of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ), Inuktitut for Inuit knowledge and ways of being, and with a day of protest, calling on the federal government to live up to its commitments to northerners. The event will take place over a 24 hour period on Acadia University Campus, in Wolfville Nova Scotia beginning on March 31st and ending on April 1st. Students are raising a Yurt on the front lawn of University Hall on campus for a 24 hour “Camp Out for Change” to protest the lack of federal action to address homelessness among Inuit.March 31st was chosen since it marks Nunavut’s 10th Anniversary Year as a territory. “Canadian colonialism hasn’t ended. Inuit preschoolers are going hungry in Nunavut. More than 3000 housing units are needed…people are homeless in the Arctic.” Acadia student Mallory Crew states, “And, given 1000s of years of living lightly on the land, as students we’ve finally learned that there is much we can all learn from Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ). We want to show we’re listening to Inuit.” Throughout the day, participants will have an opportunity to hear from the Guest of Honour, Inuit Elder and cultural teacher, David Serkoak.
At the event, Acadia University will launch the first-ever interactive online film (www.InuitQ.com) created in collaboration with Inuit of Nunavut. The IQ Adventure film takes users on a quest via a virtual journey from Iqaluit to Cape Dorset; along the way, users face a quest and are challenged to apply IQ values and principles including inter-dependence, sustainable communities, and environmental stewardship. On the voayge users ‘meet’ and learn from Inuit, including Dr. Peter Irniq and Commissioner Ann Hanson, Cape Dorset artists Kenojuak Ashevak and Annie Pootoogook. Visiting school children and others will take part in a trivia contest to test their knowledge of ‘IQ’. Acadia University, with Dr. Cynthia Alexander as the Principal, received close to $400,000 from the federal Department of Canadian Heritage; project partners include the Government of Nunavut, drumsong communications inc., Adventure Canada, and the Houston North Gallery.
The event will include: traditional drumming; a roundtable discussion; live music from Don Sebastian; a Director’s screening of “Qallunaat! Why White People are Funny” by Gemini award winning filmmaker, Mark Sandiford, in collaboration with the Fundy Film Society. “This event is meant to bring awareness and to celebrate Nunavut and the Inuit people,” said class spokesman Lucas Ayoub, “there is just so much we in Southern Canada don’t seem to know, and Inuit have such a rich culture and unique way of life. This event will make us all more aware of Inuit ways.”
For more information contact:
Laura Lewis, Media Contact