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An eye-opening week introducing participants to Inuit arts, culture and heritage
A stunning success – the only conclusion that does justice to Encounters with Canada’s recent Arts & Culture theme week, in conjunction with the Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada. Intended to create a dialogue between Inuit and non-Inuit youth across Canada, it provided a phenomenal opportunity for participants to be immersed in this culture, learning about Inuit traditions and gaining knowledge of northern communities and their realities.
Some of the very informative workshops included Inuit storytelling, food-tasting, the art of sewing combined with a fashion show, string games, music, throat-singing, dancing, language, the effect of climate change on native populations, and so much more. “This week has been a wonderful, amazing, and embracing experience in every aspect,” said Denelle Smyth from Sherwood Park in Alberta. “The enriched sense of culture brought to the week by the guest speakers was extensive and thorough, making it a true privilege to be involved in these workshops.”
Indeed, many participants stated that this experience was a revelation and completely changed their points of view. They learned a lot about a culture that they didn’t know much about previously and consequently, they developed a new-found appreciation and interest in the Inuit culture.
Without a doubt, the whole week was a culturally enlightening and eye-opening experience for all involved. Concluded Andrea MacKinnon from Antigonish, Nova Scotia: “It has had such a positive impact on my outlook of life and all the different cultures within Canada.”