Posted by: abbyanavilok | January 9, 2012

Expectations for EPS-100

Today we started the first course of 2012 : EPS-100. It feels great to be back in school and up bright and early after the holidays.

Expectations from this course is like all the other courses i’ve taken before and it is to pass. I believe this course teaches us how to become teachers and what to expect in the classrooms of today. I think it also teaches us how can we manage a classroom full of students, schedule the classroom time with different subjects and prepare for the day’s events. I know we will be going into the classrooms of the elementary school and that we have to help the teachers with what they need help with their students. By doing this i think it will teach us just how teachers work in a classroom and how much we can adapt to such an environment filled with students, learning and fun. One main thing about this course is to do a presentation based on cultural activities related to Nunavut. By doing this presentation it brings our history, tradition and culture to our future generations of Nunavut and i think its great! I know its alot of work but i know i can do it like all the other courses i’ve taken.

These are the expectations i think i need to get from this course. I’m sure it’ll be a good course to learn and enjoy.

Posted by: abbyanavilok | November 16, 2011

Gjoa Haven and Me

 Gjoa Haven 3

The community of Gjoa Haven, Nunavut (pronounced “Joe”) is an isolated community located on King William Island (which is above the Arctic Circle). During the winter seasons the weather can reach up to -40 degrees celcius with a wind chill of -50 and the summer months the weather can reach up to 24 degrees celcius. Spring weather is the best; the temperature is just right, not too hot or not too cold. The inuktitut name is Uqshuqtuuq meaning “a place with plenty of fat.” The population is about 1,500. The name Gjoa Haven is named after the wooden ship “Gjoa” which was owned by Roald Amundsen. It has a major tourist attraction to outsiders as it’s the last known place where Sir John Franklin and his crew perished.  It’s also where Roald Amundsen has lived for two years studying the inuit and their culture and he is also the first to discover the Northwest Passage.

Gjoa Haven is known for its culture and tradition. You can find drawings and carvings made by artists that are mainly connected to inuit stories, legends and myths. You can also find talented ladies who can make hand-sewn mitts, kamiks (boots), parkas and wall hangings. You will also see that almost everyone still rely on country food such as: caribou, musk-ox, seal, polar bear, bird and fish. A big delicacy is maktaaq (whale blubber) and walrus meat as they cannot be caught or seen in the waters around the community. Hunting all year round plays a big role in the catch and usually the successful hunter shares his/her catch with the community as this shows their values. Drum dancing and throat singing is part of the community which is interesting to watch and be a part of.

Aside all of the historic and culture attraction, Gjoa Haven is also a modern community like any other community you find in Nunavut. First of all there are houses to live in not iglus! Two stores: a Northern and a Co-op store where you’ll find all your groceries and necessities. Three schools: Quqshuun Ilihakvik (elementary), Qiqirtaq Ilihakvik (high school) and Nunavut Arctic College (community learning centre). Anglican and Roman Catholic are the main religions within the community. A Hamlet Building, Government Building, Fire Hall, old community hall (George Washington Memorial community centre) and new community hall (Gideon Qitsualik Memorial Centre) for special events being held can be seen scattered around the community. There is also a Health Centre and a Continuing Care Centre for the people who need medical attention or advice. Recreational activities also are held for both young and old. You can play all kinds of sports at the high school gym. Hockey, skating and curling can be played at the arena. Weight lifting, inuit sports and table tennis can be played at the New Community Hall. Square dancing and Live Band are popular during special events and occasions and they are held at the new community hall. Last but not least there is an R.C.M.P. station with two cops for any crime that happens within the community.

Living in a community like Gjoa Haven is and always will be a blessing to me. It’s a family-orientated community with strong values and culture. I have been raised in this small community all my life. I love living here. I live with the people I love most and respect everyone else around me. I’ve been taught how to respect my elders and their knowledge. Without their knowledge, who would we be? Where would we learn our culture, language, tradition and values from? This is why everyone in Gjoa Haven treats their elders with pride.

During times of need, the community becomes one  (ex. search and rescue, donations, loss of a family member etc…) We come together as one to help one another and that shows how strong we can be as a community. For instance if someone was lost out on the land, search and rescuers don’t stop until that person is found. When I lost my father to suicide, the community raised 12,000 dollars for us in 2 hours to pay for our tickets to attend his funeral in his home community of Kugluktuk. Even for people who travel to Edmonton for medical that has to pay for their phones and television in the hospital.  That’s how much the community of Gjoa Haven cares for anyone in need. We’ve fought to keep the community “dry” for many years and it has stayed that way. This means we’ve thought and cared for our young children’s  future, to keep it as a safe place for them to be raised in.

Hunting is an advantage in the community. As hunting animals has a strong inuit history behind it. All the meat from the animal is all organic, unlike processed meat.

Getting funding from the government is another advantage for us to attend college or university programs. Fresh clean air surrounds the community for healthy breathing unlike cities filled with pollution.

Transportation in and out of Gjoa Haven during the winter months can be difficult as this can cause flight delays for up to a week the most. Lack of resources in the schools is another major one here in Gjoa Haven. High price of living are a major disadvantage as everything is most likely to be brought by freight. We lack support as well for projects we think might be helpful to the community. Lack of housing is a major problem as most families live in over-crowded homes.

Despite some of the disadvantages, I’m glad to call Gjoa Haven my home. Over the years I know that it can change but Gjoa Haven is and always will be my hometown like the saying goes, “home is where the heart is.” It’s where I’ve been raised and it’s where I want my children to be raised.

I love everything there is about Gjoa Haven, I hope that it stays the way it is for many years as it has been. A strong community with so much pride and love for its members and future members.

Posted by: abbyanavilok | November 14, 2011

What Remembrance Day Means to Me

November 11 is a day known to be Remembrance Day. It is a day to remember all those who have fought for our country, rights and freedom. Its  a special day for everyone across Canada. We take the time to remember all the men and women who sacrificed themselves in the war for us. I respect all those who have lost a family member or a friend in the war and also i’m very thankful for them to have fought for our freedom.

On the other hand, i think of this day as a regular day as all the other 364 days of the year. Most importantly its the day my best friend was born, Joyce Kogvik. Her and I grew up together as we are same age. Over the years i make sure she enjoys her special day as she deserves it, but since we started our own families, we’ve grown apart but still best friends at heart.

Posted by: abbyanavilok | November 14, 2011

Summaries on Blog Posts – Assignment 7

10 years after 9/11

In this article the author talks about how she handled the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks which comes to my surprise that she handled it fairly okay without being discriminated against. She writes as if shes writing in her own journal which falls under the journal entry/personal reflection type f blog. She also explains how she feels about the US as her home and how much she enjoyed her time having school in New York. Then a few years after shes done with her education, she returns back to Pakistan. She says that Pakistan has changed drastically since after the 9/11 attacks. When she left her country, Pakistan was peaceful and when she returned, it has been filled with suicide bombers, military people and even people being held hostage. She says that the US has rebuilt their city after the attacks and yet Pakistan has to take the blame or anyone muslim for that matter and still have to go through such disaster. This comes to explain that terrorism can’t stop any country and makes them stronger as a whole.

Advice For The New Girls

The author in this article kind of writes as if they were rules on how to live a University life for a girl. She is a student who writes down her thoughts on the new students (girls). So i think it would be a social commentary type of blog. She describes the young women being insecure, or babies as she says and how they behave, act or even how they shop for that matter. She sarcastically tells them how to take university life and how to survive it (which would be the truth i believe). In the end she says to use their brains that their Mama gave them.

Baby No More

This article i think would be a personal reflection type of blog. The author is a mother who writes about her daughter and how much she has grown and not a ‘baby no more’ She says her daughter now starts off sentences like “when I was a baby” and she thinks of it as her daughter isn’t a “baby” anymore. She writes about how her daughter will go into ‘big girl’ school and learn french and whatever they are going to be taught. In the end she says to her daughter its her special day and wished her a special Happy Birthday.

Another Gorilla died at Mont Tshiaberimu

 This article would be a journal entry/personal reflection and a documentary type of blog. The author is a tracker who cares deeply about the gorillas living in Mount Tshiaberimu. One very well-known gorilla Kanindo died in an accident where he fell into a ravine and stayed paralyzed for 4 days without food or water. He was the primary care-giver for a juvenile gorilla named Mukokya as he lost his father due to old age. Veterinarians tried to save him but only came to a conclusion that he can’t get better and he had passed on July 11th. He will be missed by the people and most likely to Mukokya.

Posted by: abbyanavilok | November 10, 2011

Through These Eyes – Assignment

Through These Eyes

1) What do you feel is the main theme of this documentary?

I think the main theme is like a “Now and Then” theme. They talk about how the american students were being taught about inuit way of life back then and how the parents reacted to it. Then it shows the film maker goes back to Kugaaruk after many years and he sees how drastically the community has changed and how quick it changed. He remembers most of the people he filmed and even cried when he saw the woman he had known and filmed years before. Then there could be another theme which has to do with “culture” the american culture and the inuit culture. Two very different cultures but in the same way, cultures of the world are all the same, they deal with how human had to survive.

2) Do you feel a connection to the characters depicted in the film? Why?

Yes, i feel connected to the Natsilingmiut for instance they are my ancestors. This is the way we survived all these years and how we lived.  We have all these beliefs, values and customs as to any other culture has in the world. Its the way we were taught and the only way we had to survive living in an “isolated world” much differently from down south. Although i was taught mostly english, i could understand and speak a little of inuktitut. I feel ashamed and embarrassed that i only can understand and speak a little. I am trying though, trying my best to learn more. The language is all around me, its just i need to pay more attention to actually hearing it, asking questions and learning from mistakes. My story kind of relates to the parents that didn’t want their children to learn of inuit culture, but in a different way. All through school i was taught only english and very little inuktitut. We had only white people for teachers, we had no choice but to learn english as it is the dominant lanuage of the world. Even long ago, inuit and first nations were forced to live in residential schools and learn the white people’s way of life, the bible, i mean everything. They had to just drop everything and be told what to do and how to do it. They had no choice, well i believe some people had their own choices but for most, they believed that they had to do this for the government. The government even went so far that they took a group of inuit from Northern Quebec and moved them to Grise Fiord for what? a study? where they had no knowledge of where to hunt, how to survive and what not. They treated them like they were science projects and how i think of it, its right down lame.

Today the government has apologized for their actions towards inuit and first nations, thats the 1st step they took in trying to recognize how much they did to the aboriginals in Canada. Even today you can see a lot of inuit teachers, as they are trying their best to get the language back. Where the  American parents in the documentary had a choice, they had their voices heard in how their child should be taught, inuit had no voice, they just went along with what the government told them to do. But we Nunavunmiuts are trying, and trying doesn’t hurt when it comes to getting the language back. 

I also feel connected to Sidonie, she talks about how inuit lived in the past and how today everything has changed drastically. That what i feel and wonder about how life was back then and today. She is a very wise woman who grew up the old way and adapted to the new way of life. She speaks her mind and her speech was strong from a woman/mother’s point of view. I envy her for what she has gone through, for what she has put up with all the years of her life and how strong she still is today.

3) Being ‘caught between two worlds’ is a common theme when discussing Nunavut and the loss of traditional culture. Please reflect on this.

Being ‘caught between two worlds’ is very common for elders, adults and youth around Nunavut. Elders want to keep their tradition alive and they try to teach the best of their knowledge to their children and grandchildren and yet the modern world has to also teach us what we have to learn in order to live in this modern world. Its complicating for elders especially, you can see it through their eyes. They tell stories of their lives even legends, beliefs, values and customs. They lecture everyone hoping and having faith in us that we keep the culture and tradition alive.

Everyone in Nunavut has so much respect for their elders, they know that they are the ones who has struggled to live within the past and yet they say it was easier to live their past way of life then todays modern life. They know that today we face so much problems like suicide being the worst and even the highest rate within Canada itself. No one knows how it changed so quickly but elders themselves because they lived the life in the past and had to adapt to the new changes that changed our traditions and culture. It scares them to lose their culture and especially language. This is what i think ‘being caught between two worlds’ is in my point of view.

Posted by: abbyanavilok | November 8, 2011

Inuit and Carving




Inuit in Nunavut have been carving for many years. It all started thousands of years ago when inuit made contact with the north. They started off by making harpoon heads, cooking utensils, needles made of bone and stone lanterns. Archaeologists has studied pieces that have been found around Nunavut, Greenland, Northwest Territories and Alaska. They say that these pieces have been around for thousands of years. These carvings lasted many years and over the years carvings has evolved. Today you can find carvings that are abstract, life-like and even miniatures.

Carving has become Nunavut’s ambassador to the outside world. Carvings from all over Nunavut tell of stories, legends, myths and beliefs. Carvings made by inuit can be shown in abstract form, life-like, miniatures and however the carver visualizes the piece he/she wants to complete. They can use stone, ivory, weathered whale bones, musk-ox horn and caribou antlers.  I’ve always been interested in carving because it has been in my family for many years. I’ve watched my late father Allen Anavilok carve before and he carved beautiful pieces. His brother Bobby Anavilok is a well-known carver from Kugluktuk. He has done many pieces and sold a lot of carvings. He too has beautiful carvings. The image of the Polar Bear and the seal which is named “Patience” is done by Bobby Anavilok. Growing up in Kugluktuk, my dad and Bobby watched their father Sam Anavilok (who is my namesake) carve, they learned all their talent by watching him carve. I’m glad that this talent has been passed down from one generation to another. I justhope it stays within the family for more generations to come. I tried carving before in high-school but never ever got to finish it. It was supposed to be a seal carving, it was turning out but school was over by the time i got to actually finish it. I don’t know what they did with the carving that i was doing but it took a lot of visualizing. I had to look at the piece of soap stone and think of what to do, by doing this i had the help from Simon Komangat and he helped a lot with the carving course we had. He too was a carver, i’m sure he still knows how to carve. I haven’t seen his work before but i heard he carved before. To all the carvers out there, you all are inspiring artists, keep up the beautiful artwork! Well this was my interest since i was a little girl watching my father carve. I hope you enjoyed reading this and feel free to comment or ask questions, i’ll try my best to answer.

Posted by: abbyanavilok | November 8, 2011

Greece and the Global Economy

You hear alot about the global economic crisis and Greece these days in international news. What is going on?

The mother of all financial crises

Greek crisis could have indirect impact on Canada

Here there are two links to whats going on with Greece and its economic crisis. I’m not really a fan at reading about politics and the world, after reading it over and over heres what i think of these articles.

It seems that Greece has fallen into a major debt that can’t be solved. They have been in debt since 2007 from the article i read “The mother of all financial crisis”  They are soon to be faded off and if this happens, the nations that stand behind it or follow it can also fade off from one nation to another. This is a huge and serious situation. Countries can go into the same crisis and to think of the future, i mean hey i’m thinking of myself and my kids future, never know that Canada can also follow this ‘crisis’ We might if happens, go back into the past from the 1930’s and that was ‘The Great Depression’ To think of Canada going through it again is scary. We only got back on our feet from World War 2. If this crisis happens to Greece, I’m sure other countries will follow including Canada. And what might we plan to do if this crisis happens to us? I’ll leave that question to our government because i’m not a professional at knowing what ‘politics’ is. I think Canada should have a back-up plan in case this crisis comes our way. Thats what Greece should have done, to have a back-up plan or to always have a back-up plan if any case like this happens.

When it comes to Canada its a big thing to worry about. Canada is the home of multi-cultural citizens, and i’m sure Canada has ties to Greece. If Greece comes to a fall with their crisis, i’m sure it’ll have affects on our country. Jobs can be lost, many families can lose their homes and everything they have worked for just from this ‘crisis’ To think of all the lives people worked so hard for can come to an end from this economic crisis. I mean from the article “Greek crisis could have indirect impact on Canada”, as many as 400,000 jobs can be lost in total and thats a big number, a very big number! Many families could lose everything, even myself for that matter. This really is a big deal to be dealt with for the whole world even. I hope Greece can find a way to get themselves out of their major debt, and i’m sure they are getting help.


Posted by: abbyanavilok | November 4, 2011

Answers to questions on article

Using Blogs to Integrate Technology in the Classroom

1. Why does the author of the article feel that blogs are beneficial to education?

she feels that using blogs is an excelent tool for communicating with students. It opens up participating in any discussions for students that are shy to participate in classroom discussions, it helps them to read and write, and it helps teachers to assign assignments for his/her students.

2. Based on this article, what do you feel is the most important feature of blogs making them beneficial to a students education?

I feel that the most important feature is that a teacher can open up a blog for his/her students to look on and assign homework on that blog. This gets the students to read, write, research on internet and get homework done anytime wherever the student can get access to the internet. Not only the teacher can do this, but he/she can also set the settings for only the classroom to be able to answer questions and comment on any article or homework assignments. This way the classroom can be protected from child preditors out there online. Last but not least, young people these days are always online and this a great tool for teachers to get their students to get assignments done on time as long as they are accessed to the internet.

Combination of humans, climate change hampered post-ice age survival: study

This article is about researchers studying animals from the last ice age; it tells of what animals became extinct and which adapted to the new climate change. They looked at 6 large herbivores: the woolly mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, wild horse, bison, reindeer and muskox, they all faced challenges at the end of the ice age 14,000 years ago. This ice age period lasted about 2 million years and these animals faced a harsh climate when the ice melted, most are extinct but musk-oxen and reindeer are still around today. Now today we are going through global warming and they think that Polar Bears and Peary Caribou will have challenges with the relatively quick climate change. Animals can adapt well to climate change but at this rate, there can be complications. In most cases they believe that us human were in the way of these species. We not only over hunt them but in doing this, these species’ population became small, even extinct. By studying these species, they feel that the arctic is the best place to study because global warming is changing quickly in the north.

I agree with these researchers, i can see how global warming has changed in the north. I’ve been raised in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut all my life and lots of things has changed. The climate has become warmer and the animals are changing migrations i believe. Its up to us to help stop global warming. It might or might not be possible but as the world turns people and animals live, all we can do is move on and try to live life the way God planned us to. I hope you enjoyed reading my blog on this article, leave comments if interested, i’d like to see your points of view whether bad or good 🙂

Posted by: abbyanavilok | November 3, 2011

Expectations for EDMS 200

My expections for this course are to learn everything it has to offer.

I have some skill using Microsoft Word and i expect to learn more about it.

Creating websites is another thing i want to learn, i’m sure its going to fun!

I enjoy learning anything new, I love being in school and that is why i want to become a teacher.

After a 2 week break, it feels great to be back with my fellow classmates and meet a new instructor Danny.

Welcome to Gjoa Haven to you Danny and i hope you enjoy teaching us this new course.

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