When North Meets South: A Partnership for Lasting Benefit Students

When North Meets South: A Partnership for Lasting Benefit

Published date: May 31, 2012

For a few busy days during the Winter of 2011, North met South for a dynamic partnership involving CBC North, Nunavut Sivuniksavut and Algonquin College in Ottawa. The purpose? A hands-on media workshop for the next generation of Inuit from Nunavut.

Students attending Nunavut Sivuniksavut — an Ottawa college program for Inuit youth preparing for opportunities being created by the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and the Government of Nunavut — spent time at Algonquin College’s School of Media and Design, learning about the field of broadcasting in a very practical way from seasoned CBC personnel. Algonquin College media students also benefited from the workshop. By demonstrating their skills and imparting enthusiasm to their northern counterparts, they gained experience and confidence in themselves.

Apart from introducing the northern students to media studies, another pressing goal of the workshop was to assist CBC North in its future recruiting of qualified journalists. It is not easy to find reporters who know the North and its various cultures, and can understand and speak Inuktitut. Potential employees also need to be able to bridge certain cultural differences between their ancestral heritage and the contemporary world. These can include the need for journalists to question and delve into events and people’s lives, an approach that, to some extent, contradicts traditional Inuit teachings.

Enthusiastic workshop ratings from the students and organisers alike prompted a second workshop for more students, in February 2012. The goal of producing a new generation of highly skilled journalists and technicians is already coming to fruition — CBC North was able to hire a summer student as an intern as a result of this workshop. In the future, new recruits will be ready to help CBC North be there for everyone, every way — responding to the needs of Aboriginal Canadians; attracting a diverse workforce; making valuable contributions to communities; building partnerships; and deepening our relationship with Canadians across the country through rich, regional storytelling.

Quick facts

  • This innovative partnership, involving CBC North, Nunavut Sivuniksavut and Algonquin College, was designed to interest Inuit students in the field of broadcasting.

  • Nunuvut students are preparing for jobs related to the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and the Government of Nunavut.

  • CBC North needs qualified journalists who understand the North, its people, cultures, and Inuktitut.

  • Future Inuit journalists will contribute to their communities and will help CBC/Radio-Canada deliver the region’s stories across the country.

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