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523nd Meeting
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Leena Evic


     Speaking from her position as founder/President of the Pirurvik Centre, which is dedicated to Inuit language, culture and wellbeing, Leena Evic will discuss: the efforts underway in Nunavut to protect and advance Inuktut, one of Canada’s most widely spoken indigenous languages; Pirurvik’s holistic training for adults that builds language skills through a reconnection with the culture that has sustained Inuit for centuries; how Pirurvik conducts original research in Inuktut with knowledge keepers to create content for modern training programs; modelling an Inuktut-speaking workplace, including the use of computing tools available in Inuktut; and building language skills among younger Inuit who are not functional in the language, and among those who come from outside Inuit culture.
     Leena Evic was born in the area of Pangnirtung in Cumberland Sound, Baffin Island, and grew up in traditional camps until around age ten. She attended the boarding school in Pangnirtung for two years before her family moved in from their camp. She holds a Bachelor of Education from McGill University and taught at elementary levels, was a first Inuktut instructor at the Eastern Arctic Teacher Education Program, and was a school principal in Iqaluit. She joined Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated upon its inception in spring of 1993 as Director of Social, Cultural and Educational Development. She later served as Director of Policy and Planning in the Department of Justice, Government of Nunavut, before plunging into the private sector where she founded the Pirurvik Centre in Iqaluit in 2003.
     This meeting is the first of The Arctic Circle’s 2017-18 season and will be held in the Astra Lounge on the entrance level of the RCAF Officers Mess, 158 Gloucester Street (just east of Bank Street), Ottawa. Parking is available on the street and in nearby parking lots. There is a charge of $4.00 for evening use of the parking lot in the same block as the Mess. The meeting begins at 2000 hrs and the bar will be available from 1930 hrs. As always, guests are welcome.

Next meetings:
Nov 14          Carole Gobeil: Wrangel and Herald islands, Siberia: the Arctic’s best-kept wildlife secret
Dec 12     Season Osborne: The Strait Story: the Hudson Strait and Bay Expeditions, 1884-1928
Thomas Frisch

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