Sunday, March 29, 2009

Arctic Bay Online Atlas Launch

Check out the new website featuring an interactive map of Inuktitut place names from the area surrounding Arctic Bay. This is a joint project from Inuit Heritage Trust and Nunavut Youth Consulting. It's a little slow loading on my computer at the moment but my connection has been on the slow side the past couple days. Be sure to check it out. I've added the link below to my sidebar as well. I'm definitely going to peruse this new website and hang on to it as a valuable teaching resource.

Arctic Bay Atlas

Press Release

March 23, 2009
Launch of Arctic Bay Online Atlas
Inuit Heritage Trust and Nunavut Youth Consulting are pleased to announce the launch of the ‘Arctic Bay Online Atlas’ website. It will be launched on March 30th, 2009 from 10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Nunatta Campus of Nunavut Arctic College. Presentations and light refreshments will be served.
For the past three years, Inuit Heritage Trust and Nunavut Youth Consulting have been working in conjunction with Nunavut Arctic College and the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University. In addition to over 300 traditional names, there are interactive maps in which you can hear the place name spoken, you can follow the 2008 Pangagujuinq Nunavut Quest dog team race from Iglulik to Arctic Bay, as well as explore videos and images of different places and learn about some of the artists in Arctic Bay.

“Inuit Heritage Trust is happy to be supporting the exploration of different ways traditional place names and mapping can be presented online” says William Beveridge, Executive Director of Inuit Heritage Trust.

Cybercartographic atlases are on-line, 'living atlases' that use a dynamic, interactive mapping interface, along with other forms of mapping and multi-media information to engage people in creating online interactive maps related to their communities.

“Drawing on the wisdom of our Elders, the youth of Arctic Bay have collected valuable information to preserve our local history” says Ron Elliott, Nunavut Youth Consulting project manager. The project has provided employment for youth, valuable learning opportunities and a website which will act as a store house for the information gathered. The project in its entirety has been running for 5 years and started as a Literacy partnership between Nunavut Youth Consulting and Nunavut Arctic College.
For more information, please contact:
Ericka Chemko, Project Manager, Inuit Heritage Trust (867) 979-0731,
Ron Elliott