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Nunavut: Canada AM

Catalogue Number:  CTV556
Producer:  CTV
Producing Agencies:  CTV
Subject:  Canadian Social Studies, First Nations Studies, Geography, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2012
Running Time:  62:00
Closed Captions:  Yes

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To celebrate Nunavut Day, Canada AM visited Canada's huge northeastern territory.  Symbols and Government of Nunavut shows how Inuit cultural history is reflected in consensus style government (no political parties), in the dome-shaped legislative building with circular seating, and in the mace designed by regional artists.   Art, Culture & Traditions depicts ancient and evolving traditions of artists, carvers, and throat singers.  Sled dogs pull the qamutik, an Inuit dogsled.  The people cope with change as they move off the land into urban areas.   The Arctic Winter Games feature traditional activities that develop well-being and strength.  Geology shows the high tides in Frobisher Bay, the importance of mining exploration for Nunavut’s economy, and Auyittuq National Park, a remote treasure.  Food and Supplies explains why necessities are so high-priced in the north.  Commercial fishing is becoming an important part of the economy.  Housing and Education portrays the severe home shortage with several families often sharing a house (hidden homelessness).  Incorporating Inuit culture and language into education is a strategy designed to lead to lower drop-out rates.  Learn from the people of Nunavut, one of Canada’s most beautiful spots. 

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