IQALUKUTTIAQ: QAGGIAVUUT PARTNERS WITH KIA TO TRAIN QITIRMEOT YOUTH IN VIDEO PRODUCTION
The Qaggiavuut Society is working with the Kitikmeot Inuit Association (KIA) to train youth in video documentary. The project is led by Julia Ogina, KIA’s Programs Coordinator for Elders, Language and Culture.
“We need to make more films in Inuktut in order to teach language and preserve and promote our culture in the Qitirmeot region.”
The 16 participants will bring their new video skills back to their home communities, creating a pool of emerging videographers across the Qitirmeot region, able to make short films to upload to Channel 51 cable TV, promoting Inuktut language skills and culture.
Qaggiavuut contributed funding for youth to attend the training and provided their staff Jamie Griffiths to help with the training. Qaggiavuut’s Youth Coordinator, Jerry Laisa, is making connections to young performers in the Qitirmeot. Part of the
week-long training includes learning how to film performing arts events and record traditional songs in order to raise the profile of Qitirmeot’s performing artists.
To strengthen the re-emergence of traditional Inuktut songs, Qaggiavuut’s launched The Pisiit Project in October 2017, touring Nunavut communities to speak with elders and record the songs they offer, which will in turn be learned by the younger generation with the goal of creating a new Nunangat Choir comprised of singers from across all regions of Nunavut.