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The Keewatin Echo, Issue 49: June/July 1972

A seminar on the standardization of Inuktitut syllabics leads to a number of recommendations, including new syllabic characters. The Army comes to Eskimo Point for Exercise Northern Rambler. Rankin Inlet gets a new school, Arviat and Baker Lake describe some of their economic development activities, Inuit children visit the south and Alice Suluk shares some delightful traditional Inuit tales.

A digital copy of the Keewatin Echo, Issue 49 is now available. This issue was first published in June/July 1972. Download the complete June-July 1972 edition of the Keewatin Echo

Syllabic Seminar
Within the last two years or so, the subject most talked about among the Eskimos seem to be the "Eskimo way of life." They are beginning to wake to the fact that our young people are slowly losing their identity. Some young people, after getting a taste of southern environment, begin to feel resentment to their own culture.

New Symbols for Inuktitut syllabics;
Recommendations about the future of writing in Eskimo from the Syllabics Seminar held at Rankin Inlet during May. During the Syllabic Seminar, Mark Kalluak, editor of Keewatin Echo showed the delegates some of the ideas of new syllabic symbols to capture the sounds made in the Eskimo tongue.

Exercise Northern Rambler;
An interview with Captain Leitch in charge of B Company, First Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment.

Rankin Inlet News;
During their meeting on May 15th, Ollie Itinnuaq, who now runs a taxi service, outlined his plans to start a small business by opening a coffee shop and running bingos.

Rankin's New School Complex;

Rankin Inlet's new 2.5 million dollar school complex started construction around July 1971. Some work is still being carried out to complete the interior. A new utilidor will be installed later on.

Opportunity for Youth;

Baker Lake: A grant of 6,600.00 was approved for ten youth to run a tourist reception centre. The proposed centre will contain a gift shop, coffee bar and tourist information service. The centre will also offer a fishing and hunting guide referral service, guided tours to pints of interest around the settlement, information on where to go and what to see in Baker Lake, nature walks; maps, game regulations and brochures on the N.W.T.

An ambitious understanding youth of baker Lake, and we wish you every success.

Eskimo Point: Nine youth will be working for two months with their approved grant of $4,540.00. The nine will be divided into two groups and will work on different projects.

One group will renovate an old building for a youth centre. In the fall, a youth club will be formed and activities planned for the coming winter. The other group will design and make a play ground out of materials they find around the settlement.

An old peter head will be hauled up for the children to play on. 45 gallon drums will be painted and welded together to make playground equipment. The metal skeleton of an old boat will be turned into a jungle jim, etc. etc.

A worthwhile contribution to the community of Eskimo Point by the youth of Eskimo Point - best of luck.

Eskimo Children Visiting;
For some time now Eskimo children have been asked to go to the white people's land and live with people who are not their friends or relatives. This happens usually when Kabloonas who come up north to work ask eskimo children to go south with them for a holiday during the summer.

Know Your Months;
Split Season: In the old days when Eskimos depended on animals for survival, they took advantage of every opportunity to obtain them. Latter part of Split Season (June) was a big event for many Eskimos, for at this time they could jig for fish through holes melted by the sun on the ice. On the coast of Hudson's Bay creeks of water would form on the sea, signifying that the ice would soon be gone.

Eskimo Stories;
Long ago, in the winter, when Inuit didn't know anything about Christmas, they used to call it the Great Plain Moon. When the moon was full and bright, Inuit used to put a shade over their ice window from the outside. Since they had no cloth they used something else for a shade. When everyone fell asleep, someone would take the shade away. it was hard to know who did it.

Very soon there will be a few people working in our Region on various projects that will have something to do with oil.

About this issue:

The Keewatin Echo was published monthly by the Keewatin Region Adult Education Staff of the Government of the Northwest Territories. This particular issue was published in June-July 1972 in Eskimo Point, N.W.T. (now Arviat, Nunavut) and was edited by Mark Kalluak of Arviat.

This issue was digitized by the Nunavut Arctic College Learning Materials Centre in Arviat to ensure the stories, writings, history and content contained within will be archived, preserved and accessible for future generations to discover. We hope you and our fellow Arviat residents enjoy reading it.

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