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06. Canada's Newest Territory

Country Available: Canada, USA

The most untouched of Canada's regions, Nunavut boasts few major roads and no discernible pollution. Inuktitut is still the primary spoken language, testimony to the Inuit people's determination to protect their native tongue despite European migration northward. When the new territory was created on April 1, 1999, there was a lot to celebrate. Iqaluit was proclaimed its capital; business development, efficient government and self-sufficiency its priorities, as befitting its new official status. A growing younger population, increased satellite and internet communications and certain external services would help it achieve its goals. But with the initial glow of official status dimming, there's a new and disturbing reality emerging: the very things that are helping the new region achieve independence are also threatening the traditional culture and Inuit values. This episode of Venturing Forth gets behind the scenes to look at a people torn between the benefits of modernization, and the preservation of a traditional way of life.

Locations: Iqaluit, Pangnirtung-Nunavut

View a printer friendly version of this page...Copyright Date: 2003 Length: 25 minutes Library Audience:
  • General Interest
  • School Audience:
  • Grades 6 - 12
  • Post-Secondary Education
  • Subjects:
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Business and Marketing
  • Canadian History
  • Formats Available:
  • DVD
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