Culture Clash: Fast Food and Indigenous People

July 10, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Posted in Health, North Pole, Traditions | Leave a comment
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I find this interesting audio recording through Indigenous People Issues. I was quite surprised not only because of the subject, fast food, but specially for the format. Audio recordings is still not a widely extended way of communication on the Internet for formal issues, though its pedagogical skills made it a very good tool for spreading knowledge in an easy way. A podcast or something like this would be great to have.

Culture Clash: Fast Food and Indigenous People (Audio Piece) from Sharon Shattuck on Vimeo.

Sorry for the lack of preview or embedded video, it’s just Wordpres that’s not friends with Vimeo…

The subject of fast food and its impacts really interested me, as I’m, or I try to be a conscious consumer concerning food and some other stuff, beacause of the ecological and social impacts and also for the health. Off-trend iniciatives around indigenous communities seem a very good iniciative, as the impact is (even) worse in some of them.

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Nunavut Government

August 23, 2008 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Canada, Demographics, Organization | Leave a comment
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A quick look to the Inuit Government of Canada, Nunavut:

Tunngasugitti – welcome to
the Government of Nunavut

Nunavut — “our land” in the Inuktitut language – has been home to Inuit for millennia and part of Canada for more than a century. Embracing both traditional knowledge and values and the new opportunities presented by technologies like the Internet, the Government of Nunavut now provides a wide range of services tailored to the unique needs of approximately 29,500 residents.

Facts About Nunavut

Read about our people and culture, wildlife, official symbols, background about Nunavut Land Claim, and much more.

Legislative Assembly of Nunavut

Look up MLA contact information, read up on Acts and regulations, Throne Speech, Hansard, status of Bills and more.

Nunavut Business Information

Nunavut is a place of great economic growth. Read the latest Requests for Proposals about the Inuit/Northern Preference and information about Starting a Business.

2007 Western Premiers’ Conference

July 4 to 6, 2007 Iqaluit Nunavut

Commissioner’s Arts Award

Annirusuktugut – Suicide Intervention and Prevention Strategy

The site includes a map of Nunavut, a list of the communities, and some interesting fact sheets.

Quite an interesting site! Though a bit more of information an maps would be interesting.

Tikigaq in Point Hope, Alaska

April 15, 2008 at 9:08 pm | Posted in Alaska | Leave a comment
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Two hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle lies the Far North Iñupiaq village of Point Hope, or Tikigaq as the Iñupiaq people call it, located near the tip of the Point Hope Promontory, a large gravel spit projecting several miles into the Chukchi Sea.

The finger-like peninsula that forms the western-most extension of the northwest Alaska coast between Cape Thompson and Cape Beaufort is known to local residents as Tikigaq (Tikeraq), the Inupiat word for index finger.

Tikigaq Corporation (Tikigaq) of Point Hope, Alaska, is an Alaska Native Village Corporation, which was established in 1971 under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).

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The corporation has approximately 1,000 Inupiaq shareholders. Most of these shareholders are in Point Hope and are also shareholders of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC). Tikigaq has proven arctic construction capabilities, rural and urban environmental expertise, logistics services experience, and supports local hire throughout various projects. Their resources include staff engineers, scientists, project managers, superintendents, office managers, purchasing agents, quality control personnel and safety specialists.

Tikigaq has offices and yards in Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Point Hope, Alaska. Tikigaq’s subsidiaries are 8(a) certified through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and are registered Small Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) with the State of Alaska.

Tikigaq provides the following services:

  • Construction Services (Design/Build, Commercial, and Residential)
  • Information Technology/Remote Support
  • Logistics Services
  • Transportation Services
  • Utility Infrastructure, Operation, and Development
  • Fuels Distribution
  • Retail Services
  • Accounting Services
  • Environmental Services
  • Operation and Maintenance of Project Recovery and Treatment Systems
  • Demolition
  • Waste Handling and Disposal
  • Long-term Monitoring
  • UXO Removal and Disposal

I have not got time to read everything in their site, but it looks like a quite interesting project specially concerning self-sufficiency and local control of the natural resources, two main topics when talking about the survival of indigenous communities. I will keep searching for similar projects running on other northern places.

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