Many things are being done at the community level – often by youth themselves – to help young people cope with and overcome difficult times in their lives. “Makkuktuuvunga, upimmavunga – I am young, and I am proud” got youth talking about how they deal with problems, face challenges, and move forward. This episode shared some stories of promising programs and activities that are making a difference in the lives of Inuit youth.
Our central message is that Inuit youth are strong and proud. You will see footage of young people's opinions, thoughts and experiences and examples of some motivating youth programs and activities. These activities are helping to build self-worth, self-reliance, cultural pride, skills, knowledge, and hope for the future in Inuit youth.
This episode is the third of a three-part, live, public TV series, "Qanuqtuurniq – Finding the Balance," on Inuit health and wellness issues and solutions led by Inuit Tuttarvingat of the National Aboriginal Health Organization involving a number of partners. The series was broadcast in May 2009 on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network – North and 360North in Alaska, along with a simultaneous webcast. Over 350 people participated in some way in this initiative, which was a communications and outreach project for International Polar Year (Canada).
Inuit language with English captions/subtitles
Broadcast from Iqaluit, Nunavut
Photo: Ed Maruyama