Nunavut Territory, Canada CD ROM Curriculum

Nov 15th, 2000 | By | Category: 12-2: Land is Life, Media Reviews

Jacob Keanik, an Inuit man and a Nunavut renewable resource officer, measures the girth of this polar bear, which has been tranquilized. This photo by Charlie Cahill is one of many on the CD.

Produced by Central Arctic Services Ltd.
March 2000

Reviewed by Lori Colomeda, Ph.D.

On April 1st, 1999, the map of Canada changed for the first time in 50 years with the creation of Nunavut Territory. The Northwest Territories was split, and approximately 2 million square kilometers of the central and eastern Arctic became “Nunavut.”

This delightful CD focusing on Nunavut is the ultimate supplement for courses in Arctic ecology, Arctic geography, or social studies. All levels of students, high school to college, will find the content unique and interesting. This CD could very well be used in tribal colleges as a supplement to curriculums  in Native studies, tribal government studies, ecology, and Arctic studies.

Beginning with the Ice Age and the first peoples and ending with an historical overview of how Nunavut was created, the CD contains an array of interesting and interactive maps of Nunavut; photographs of local people; sled dogs; and even fishing lessons in Inuktitut, the region’s language.  The language section contains voice files to enable the learner to hear and see the language as spoken.

Inuit life is very different in the Canadian Arctic today. The advent of satellite technology has had a profound effect on isolated Inuit Arctic communities. While strong traditional values and ethics are woven into the fabric of many Nunavut communities, Inuit are now adapting and using home computers, telephones, cable TV, and the Internet.

Over the past 12 years, as an Arctic researcher, I visited many of the communities included in the CD and have experienced the unique land known as Nunavut. Reviewing this work made me homesick for Arctic wolves, muskox, polar bears, and the special people who inhabit this region. It will whet your appetite for Arctic adventure!

For information, write to Central Arctic Services Ltd., P.O. Box 115, Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, X0E 1J0, Canada, email the technical producer, Jennifer Patry, <> , or visit the web site <>.

Lori Colomeda is a medical ecologist whose research area focuses on the Arctic. She is the curriculum specialist for the Distance Education Department at Salish Kootenai College and teaches several health courses there. She is a descendent of French Candians and Micmac people.

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