Music workshop explores Rankin youths’ perspectives on colonial history and Inuit culture

In a darkened makeshift recording studio at Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik, four groups of students from Grades 7 and 8 recorded songs they wrote themselves. Twenty-eight students participated. The four songs – developed in conjunction with a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous songwriters, producers, and art educators called Darkspark, under the umbrella of their Four Directions...
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Michele LeTourneau first arrived at NNSL's headquarters in Yellowknife in1998, with a BA honours in Theatre. For four years she documented the arts across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Following a very short stint as a communications officer with the Government of the Northwest Territories, Michele spent a decade at a community-based environmental monitoring board in the mining industry, where she worked with Inuit, Chipewyan, Tlicho, Yellowknives Dene and Metis elders to help develop traditional knowledge and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit contributions for monitoring and management plans. She rejoined NNSL and moved to Iqaluit in May 2014 to write for Nunavut News. Michele has received a dozen awards for her work with NNSL.