INSIDE ARCTIC COLLEGE – Visit an Arctic College class in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut

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Ever wondered what goes on in one of Nunavut’s Arctic college learning centres?

While many people are aware that Nunavut’s Arctic College was set up to provide education and vocational opportunities for those living in Canada’s eastern Arctic, many are unaware that outside the major campuses, in places like Iqaluit, there’s Arctic College learning centres in many of Nunavut’s smaller communities.

There, programs can range from cooking, for those keen on a job as a cook at the local hotel, to traditional skills, for those wanting to keep Inuit traditions alive.

When Radio Canada International journalist Eilís Quinn travelled to Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut a predominantly Inuit community of around 500 people in Canada’s eastern Arctic, the centre’s traditional sewing program was in full swing.

In this video, the centre’s adult educator Lizzie Aliqatuqtuq was kind enough to show us around and share her thoughts on what makes Arctic College’s learning centres so important and unique.

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project.

Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

Twitter: @Arctic_EQ

Email: eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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