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November 19, 2016

As a Qallunaaq (White/non-Inuit) with a personal interest in the North, I try to see as many Inuit-themed films as I can. These days, there are many. Some are excellent. Others, well, not so much. My interest piqued after having taught in communities along the Hudson-Ungava coast in the 1980s. I've stayed in the loop through my ongoing creative projects with students...

April 18, 2016

 

Coming off the metro at Atwater station a couple of days ago, I noticed a commotion in the usual spot where people sit begging for money. Two police officers had confronted a bedraggled Inuit woman and were going through her wallet, bombarding her with questions. One of the officers seemed to be writing up a ticket. What was the point, I thought. Would she have the...

March 2, 2016

© Carolyn Marie Souaid

 

 

Like you, I became a teacher. I felt that teachers played a vital role in the well-being and future of a society. Like you, I believed in the power of education and in the nobility of the profession. I believed I could make a difference in the lives of young people. These beliefs led me to a remote community on the Ungava coast of Northern Que...

February 24, 2016

 

 (Still from Dominic Gagnon's Of the North)

 

 

Last Friday night I attended a clandestine screening of Dominic Gagnon's collage-film, Of the North. Clandestine because of all the controversy it stirred up last November at the Montreal International Documentary Festival. The film was condemned for allegedly perpetuating cultural stereotypes of the Inuit. Even people wh...

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