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Piqqusilrivvik welcomes new students for 2013 winter program

It's a full house at Piqqusilirivvik in Clyde River. 35 students from across Nunavut are enrolled in this year's Winter Program! It's a full house at Piqqusilirivvik in Clyde River. 35 students from across Nunavut are enrolled in this year's Winter Program! Photo courtesy of Shari Gearhead, Piqqusilirivvik.

It's a full house at Piqqusilirivvik, as students from across Nunavut assemble in Clyde River for an exciting new semester.

Piqqusilirivvik is Nunavut's Inuit Cultural Learning Centre, a division of Nunavut Arctic College located in Clyde River.

"It is a lot different here in Clyde River than in the Kivalliq region," said student, John Ullikatar from Repulse Bay. "I'm looking forward to learning and making igloos and qamutiit."

First opened in 2011, the school currently has 35 students enrolled this semester. Fifteen students are from Clyde River and another twenty students come Arviat, Hall Beach, Coral Harbour, Igloolik, Qikiqtarjuaq, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet and Grise Fiord

Piqqusilirivvik programs are dedicated to the transfer of Inuit traditional culture, knowledge, lifestyle, skills, and values, taught in the Inuit language and based on Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit guiding principles.

Elder Instructor, Peter Paneak says "I really like the program we have planned, and we have more students then ever before.  The students are willing to listen to our stories"

This semester's 14-week program includes a variety of classroom and land-based learning opportunities that include Inuktitut, sewing, traditional Inuit land skills and survival, visiting Elders, and guest instructors from Nunavut Arctic College and other communities. Highlights of this year's activities include dog teaming on the land and a two-week caribou hunting trip.

"This is our third full program since we opened in 2011," said Shari Gearhead, the Piqqusilirivvik's Manager of Programming. "We have a very full program which is exciting this year!"

From all of us at Nunavut Arctic College and Piqqusilirivvik, we'd like to welcome our new students, and wish them an exciting time filled with great experiences!

For more information on Piqqusilirivvik Inuit Cultural Learning Centre, visit their web site at www.piqqusilirivvik.ca or www.arcticcollege.ca.

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