Today we meet the students of the Arviat Wellness Media Team.
Meet the Arviat Wellness Media Team
Shelton Nipisar, Corinna Tugak, Amy Owingayak, Curtis Konek and Patrick Pingushat
We caught up with Arviat's Wellness Media Team members Shelton Nipisar and Corinna Tugak, Amy Owingayak, Curtis Konek and Patrick Pingushat at the Arviat Community Learning Centre where they're hard at work on the Qaujigiartitt Health Research Centre's Atii Game Show project.
The Atii project is one of nine projects under the Government of Canada's Innovation Strategy: Achieving Healthier Weights in Canada’s Communities. The funding was announced July 8, 2013 by former federal Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Nunavut, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq.
Over the summer, the student team will explore visual science communication and media studies to communicate healthy messages to youth using a variety of approaches including posters, video production, podcasting and blogging. They'll also be conducting interviews with the community's Elders and sharing their stories using Inuktitut and English.
“This project is important to Arviat because many young Inuit students from our community are able to learn about careers in environmental science, health promotion, media communications and technologies,” said Shelton, a grade 12 student at Arviat's John Arnalukjuak High School.
It's also a reunion of sorts for Amy, Curtis and Patrick. The three members of the highly-successful SSHRC-funded Nanisiniq Arviat History Project with the University of British Columbia School of Social Work are back in action mentoring a new group of students with the youth participatory action, new social media and communications elements of the Atii Game Show health research and the Arviat Community Greenhouse initiative.
Funding for the project is being provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre and the Hamlet of Arviat's Wellness Committee, with support from the Hamlet of Arviat, Nunavut Arctic College, the Nunavut Research Institute, Arviat Film Society and Arviat Cultural Eco-Tourism (ACE) initiative.