Google Maps goes to the Arctic community of Cambridge Bay

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Published on Nov 27, 2012 by Google Maps

In August 2012, the residents of Cambridge Bay invited the Google Maps team to come help map their community. Residents attended a Map Up to update Google Maps through Map Maker and also got to take the Street View trike out for a spin to let the world see their world. Visit http://maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/gallery/arctic/ ;

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Russian indigenous group seeks letters of support

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A Chukchi woman in Uelen, Chukotka prepares a seal. The Chukchi live side by side with a small population of Yupik Inuit in Chukotka who are among the northern indigenous peoples represented by RAIPON. (FILE PHOTO)

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November 28, 2012 – 2:05 pm

Russian indigenous group seeks letters of support  “This an attempt to divide the indigenous peoples’ movement in Russia and replace it instead with a subservient organization”

The Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North is asking concerned people and organizations around the world to send letters of support to Russia’s president, prime minister and justice minister.

“The Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North needs your support regarding the unjustified suspension of its activities by the Russian Ministry of Justice,” said its vice-president, Dmitry Berezhkov, in an open letter circulated Nov. 27.

Berezhkov wants to see these officials reinstate RAIPON, which represents more than 250,000 indigenous peoples in northern Russia and sits as a permanent participants in the Arctic Council.

Russia’s move to suspend RAIPON’s activities on earlier this month on the grounds that its activities are “illegal,” has already received criticism from Canada, Norway, Greenland and international non-governmental organizations, including the Arctic Council, which also asked for RAIPON’s reinstatement.

The letter-writing campaign is the only option left to RAIPON to protest its suspension, Berezhkov said.

“We consider this an attempt to divide the indigenous peoples’ movement in Russia and replace it instead with a subservient organization willing to agree to decisions that are in fundamental contradiction with the vital interests of indigenous peoples,” he said.

Berezhkov also said he hopes the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation will impartially consider RAIPON‘s appeal against the Russian ministry of Justice’s decision and that RAIPON will be permitted to resume its activity.

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http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674russian_indigenous_seeks_letters_of_support/

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Northern Arts & Cultural Centre (NACC) & the National Arts Centre (NAC) video

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Northern Arts and Cultural Centre Fundraising
Dear Friend of NACC, I am contacting you because we need your support. We are fundraising to help complete the recent renovations at the NACC theatre in Yellowknife. This is a $1.6 million project and the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre has raised $1.5 million. In order to reach our goal, we decided to organise a fundraiser on December 19th 2012. There will be a performance with the violinist Timothy Chooi, hors d’oeuvres, wine and a live and silent auction. We are hoping to collect as many donations as possible. Your support can make a big difference and will benefit the whole community as the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre belongs to everyone.The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) has a record of success in getting performances off the ground in the Northwest Territories for almost 30 years. Celebrating new works in various art disciplines, your cultural centre combines artistic trends through a program lead by brilliant performers. From Yellowknife to Norman Wells, Norman Wells to Inuvik and Hay River to Fort Smith or Fort Simpson, the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre is a wonderful vehicle for dialogue between cultures and generations. We want to highlight and showcase major artists as well as emerging unique talents. The North is a cultural and artistic mixture that is characteristic of the performing arts. We invite artists and audiences to join us to discover intriguing and unique perspectives. We are pleased to welcome you to a fresh, new theater. Thanks to NACC staff, NACC’s Board of Directors, Heritage Canada, and the Government of the Northwest Territories, we have new theatre seating. We also have new carpets, a new loading dock, upgraded backstage areas and new office space. The acoustics of the venue have been improved and will make you appreciate even more the quality of the performances. We thank you for your support and know there are Angels among us. Marie Coderre Executive and Artistic Director Northern Arts and Cultural Centre Work (867) 873-4950 Fax (867) 669-9826 Box 1025 Yellowknife, NWT X1A 2N7
http://www.naccnt.ca/
A PDF of this document quoted above is available at
http://www.scribd.com/doc/114366090/Fundraising-to-help-complete-the-recent-renovations-at-the-NACC-theatre-in-Yellowknife

 

 

 

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Saami exhibit, Nordic Heritage Museum

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“…These photos were shot in a very dimly lit museum where flash was not allowed. They are in random order from several sources: a full-length video of a Saami family (man with blonde hair and the beautiful woman with the baby) and their reindeer, photographs, and objects made by Saami artisans from reindeer skins and antlers, birch trees and other natural materials. When a Saami uses these resources, he or she asks permission from the animal or tree before taking only what is needed.

Global warming and ‘development’ by the Nordic governments are destroying the Saami way of life. Saamis are nomadic and don’t recognize ownership of land, but since formal countries do, the latter flood valleys, damn rivers, and build amid the established migration routes. If temperatures rise just a couple of degrees from global warming, the land may no longer be inhabitable for the reindeer and these resilient peoples who have inhabited Arctic Europe for over 5000 years….”

 

 

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Fundraising to help complete the recent renovations at the NACC theatre in Yellowknife.

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Northern Arts and Cultural Centre Fundraising
Dear Friend of NACC, I am contacting you because we need your support. We are fundraising to help complete the recent renovations at the NACC theatre in Yellowknife. This is a $1.6 million project and the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre has raised $1.5 million. In order to reach our goal, we decided to organise a fundraiser on December 19th 2012. There will be a performance with the violinist Timothy Chooi, hors d’oeuvres, wine and a live and silent auction. We are hoping to collect as many donations as possible. Your support can make a big difference and will benefit the whole community as the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre belongs to everyone.The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) has a record of success in getting performances off the ground in the Northwest Territories for almost 30 years. Celebrating new works in various art disciplines, your cultural centre combines artistic trends through a program lead by brilliant performers. From Yellowknife to Norman Wells, Norman Wells to Inuvik and Hay River to Fort Smith or Fort Simpson, the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre is a wonderful vehicle for dialogue between cultures and generations. We want to highlight and showcase major artists as well as emerging unique talents. The North is a cultural and artistic mixture that is characteristic of the performing arts. We invite artists and audiences to join us to discover intriguing and unique perspectives. We are pleased to welcome you to a fresh, new theater. Thanks to NACC staff, NACC’s Board of Directors, Heritage Canada, and the Government of the Northwest Territories, we have new theatre seating. We also have new carpets, a new loading dock, upgraded backstage areas and new office space. The acoustics of the venue have been improved and will make you appreciate even more the quality of the performances. We thank you for your support and know there are Angels among us. Marie Coderre Executive and Artistic Director Northern Arts and Cultural Centre Work (867) 873-4950 Fax (867) 669-9826 Box 1025 Yellowknife, NWT X1A 2N7
http://www.naccnt.ca/

 

 

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TheWildNorth Trapping Tails from Hay River NWT on YouTube

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Published on Nov 24, 2012 by TheWildNorth

Trapping in The Northwest Territories

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Russia launched communications satellite for the Arctic

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Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces on Wednesday launched a Soyuz carrier rocket with a dual-purpose Meridian series telecommunications satellite on board. The satellite will ensure stable communications on the Northern Sea Route.

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Russia has launched six Meridian satellites, the first one in 2006. Two of the launches were complete failures. A satellite launched in December 2011 crashed in Siberia only minutes after liftoff. A third launch was partly successful, but not enough for the satellite to be included in the network. Three Meridian satellites, including the one launched yesterday, seem to be working as they should, according to Wikipedia.

Meridian-series communication satellites are used for both civilian and military purposes. They are designed to provide communication between vessels, airplanes and coastal stations on the ground, as well as to expand a network of satellite communications in the northern regions of Siberia and the Russian Far East. These satellites are designed to replace the older Molniya-series.

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Documentary-makers join forces to expose the evil of global poverty

Documentary-makers join forces to expose the evil of global poverty
Directors of films in the forthcoming BBC series Why Poverty? explain how they tackled the subject and what it taught them

"…Are US billionaires destroying the American Dream? Can large-scale agricultural development have a positive effect in Africa? Are Bono and Bob Geldof actually doing any good? And can the history of human poverty over 10,000 years be told in less than 60 minutes? These and many other questions are being posed in a new series of documentaries and short films entitled Why Poverty? launching on Monday night on BBC1. The series, which will be screened in 180 countries including India, Zimbabwe and Brazil, aims to kick-start a global debate in the hope of addressing a broader question: why, in the 21st century, do a billion people live in poverty?
"I think it’s an important time to be having this conversation for two reasons," says Nick Fraser, editor of BBC Storyville and co-founder of Steps International, the organisation behind the series. "The first is that people in rich countries and elsewhere are getting more and more perturbed about the inequalities in the world. Secondly, we are beginning to take stock of what has been done about global poverty to date. There’s widespread scepticism about aid and the activities of NGOs, and a new generation is starting to think about poverty in a different way. Rather than seeking a magic bullet or a one-size-fits-all solution, they are relating the question of poverty to many different things – to human rights, to quality of government, to the individual motivations of poor people." …"
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/nov/18/why-poverty-world-documentary-directors-interview?fb=native&CMP=FBCNETTXT9038

Why Poverty? is a groundbreaking, cross-media event, online and on TV, using films to get people talking about poverty. Why Poverty? uses film to get people talking about poverty.
We’ve commissioned award-winning film makers to make eight documentaries about poverty, and new and emerging talents to make around 30 short films. The films tackle big issues and pose difficult questions, but they’re also moving, subtle and thought-provoking stories.
They transmit around the world in November 2012, on more than 70 national broadcasters reaching 500 million people. They’ll be accompanied by events designed to spark global and national debates and an online conversation to get people asking “Why Poverty?”
You can watch clips and shorts online now, and find out more about what’s happening in your country.
After November, the documentaries will be available to everyone online and we’ll begin an outreach programme, building on the momentum from broadcast.
http://whypoverty.net/en_GB/

COLLECTIVE9 “Dead North” 48hr short horror film competition

Jay Bulckaert [collective9] has requested distribution of the following announcement (poster attached):
Film Competition open to anyone North of 60°
COLLECTIVE9
http://www.collective9.com
(867) 444 8382

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ChangeMaker: How One Artist Made His Mark

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It was an urban restlessness that first drove graphic artist and Toronto native Jonathan Cruz to explore the far reaches of Canada’s North. It was the simple pleasure of eating a hardboiled egg that compelled him to stay.

Great article about Jonathan Cruz and his company NUSCHOOL DESIGN AGENCY https://www.facebook.com/nuschooldesign , the crew that make all the fantastic graf murals all over Nunavut and other parts of the north.

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