Arviat JAHS Theatre and Drama Club commended for Anti-Bullying Plays

 The John Arnalukjuak High School Theatre and Drama Club performed The Bully Plays this June. Photo: Gord Billard
The John Arnalukjuak High School Theatre and Drama Club performed The Bully Plays this June. Photo: Gord Billard

 

Arviat’s young performing artists congratulated by Premier

On Sept. 13, Premier and Minister of Education, the Hon. Eva Aariak congratulated the John Arnalukjuak High School Theatre and Drama Club in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut last week for their efforts to address bullying through the performing arts.

Innosar Issakiark and Ethan Tassiuk were among the talented youth performing in the Bully Plays.
Innosar Issakiark and Ethan Tassiuk were among the talented youth performing in the Bully Plays.

The statement was made to recognize students from John Arnalukjuak High School in Arviat for their work performing six short plays on anti-bullying.

“Mr. Speaker, computer technology has changed the nature of bullying. In many cases, it happens on-line, not just at school, or on the streets of our communities,” said Aariak. “It is important that our young people, who are very connected to information technology and the internet, have the knowledge, and skill, to combat this problem on their own terms.”

Students, including several of our Arviat Film Society youth, worked closely with teacher Gord Billard for five months to prepare for and produce the plays.

The students held four community performances to demonstrate that bullying is a complex issue, that can happen in many different settings, and that it takes all of us to break the cycle.

“Mr. Speaker, I would like to commend these students for their initiative, hard work, and dedication, to build a better understanding of bullying and inspire others in their community to take action,” said the Premier.