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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


February 8, 2003 - Issue 80


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Baker Lake Youth Gets Bitten by Travel Bug

credits: Thanks to: Haa Ai from Education Nunavut (EC&SS Division)

World MapBaker Lake (Jan 29/03) - Participation in the Nunavut Youth Abroad program this past summer created an appetite for all things fresh and new for Nadia Aaruaq of Baker Lake.

Aaruaq, who is currently attending a folk school in Greenland, spent the summer of 2002 in the Canadian Phase of the NYAP at Port Perry, Ont.

She spent the majority of her stay working at an elder's guest home.

"I had so much fun there, and I was learning so much, I didn't really want to go home when my time was up," says Aaruaq with a guilty giggle that underscores the sincerity of her feelings.

Aaruaq found out about NYAP through her teachers in Baker Lake and members of Kivalliq Student Services.

She says a desire to broaden her horizons and experience new things was the main reason behind her decision to apply for the program.

"You aren't just given anything when you apply to take part in the NYAP.

"There were lots of assignments to do before I left, lots to do while I was there and lots more once I got back."

Aaruaq helped run entertainment activities for the elders at the Port Perry Community Nursing Home during her work placement.

The elderly guests would gather in an activity room to spend time chatting, playing games and, sometimes, listening to music.

The Baker youth also spent time reading books to the elders, which she found a rewarding experience.

"Most of my time reading was with the guests who couldn't go out of their rooms.

"I also helped some of them with their meals and there was often a lot of conversation between us during that time, which I really enjoyed."

Although she wasn't selected for this year's International Phase of the NYAP, Aaruaq remains a staunch supporter of the program.

She says she would like to see more Nunavut youth apply for the program, adding it's one of the best decisions they will make during their school years.

"I would highly recommend getting involved with the Nunavut Youth Abroad program to other students.

"The program is a lot of hard work, but it's also a lot of fun and you learn a lot from the experience."

The Nunavut Youth Abroad Program
The Nunavut Youth Abroad Program (NYAP) helps to develop leadership, cross-cultural awareness, career ideas, and international citizenship. The NYAP will improve your ability to succeed in High School and life by providing a life-changing and life-directing experience relevant to your needs and aspirations. The program enables Nunavut youth to acquire concrete skills in the areas of journalism, communications, environmental conservation, office administration and management through work placements for credit during placements in communities across Canada and around the world. These skills are crucial if youth are to play a greater role in the decision-making process of the new Nunavut territory.

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