From the Editor
Sled Dogs in His Majesty's Service:
Clark's Eskimo Dogs in World War II
Evolutionary Changes in Domesticated Dogs:
The Broken Covenant of the Wild, Part 3
British Antarctic Survey Sledge Dog
Monument Final Report
Tusaalanga: Learning Inuktitut Online!
In the News
Book Review: The Inuit Thought of It
Tip: Removing Mats
IMHO: The Learning Curve
Index: Volume 11, The Fan Hitch
Elder Kautuq Joseph from Arctic Bay and Lee Narraway
from Ontario. Hamilton
Two ways to show respect for people upon whose land you tread, and to earn their respect in return, are to try their country food and learn and use at least some basic elements of their language. Since 2007, the Pirurvik Centre has been offering an in-class course, Inuktitut as a Second Language, at their Iqaluit-based location. For those who don't live in Nunavut's capital but who might some day have the good fortune to visit an Inuit community, the Pirurvik Centre has a comprehensive web based learning program, Tusaalanga Inuktitut, available to everyone. "We know that there are a lot of people out there who are eager to learn Inuktitut and who are frustrated by the limited opportunities to do so," says Leena Evic, president and founder of Pirurvik. "Tusaalanga is a rich resource that will help people to build their Inuktitut skills on their own time." This is a place where people with virtually no background in Inuktitut can go to develop their proficiency. In addition to vocabulary, grammar lessons and dialogues, this site includes, as the program title’s translation indicates, sound files of correct pronunciation. Tusaalanga also uses songs as a learning tool.
Presently there are twenty lessons available to English as well as French speakers. The Pirurvik Centre's Gavin Nesbitt has indicated, "We are currently doing a major revision of the website and you will likely see many new features in the months ahead."
In 2007 The Pirurvik Centre received the Council of the Federation Literacy Award for the development of the Tusaalanga Inuktitut website.
* "Hear it in Inuktitut"