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Rosalina Demcheson, Grace Salomonie ,Maxwell Cousins, Zachery Carpenter, Kiara Janes, Asini Wijesooriya and Joy Nowdluk wrote to The Globe about what life is like in Iqaluit. (SCOTT WRIGHT FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL)
Rosalina Demcheson, Grace Salomonie ,Maxwell Cousins, Zachery Carpenter, Kiara Janes, Asini Wijesooriya and Joy Nowdluk wrote to The Globe about what life is like in Iqaluit. (SCOTT WRIGHT FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

THE NORTH

Nunavut’s next generation: The kids’ view on life in Iqaluit Add to ...

Another problem in Nunavut is addiction to drugs and alcohol. Being addicted to drugs and alcohol is bad because people become unhealthy, sick, drunk and waste their money. If there are children in a house with adults who use drugs and alcohol, it is very scary and dangerous for them.

Another problem in Nunavut is the high prices, which increase poverty. This means people cannot afford healthy food, good clothing or a nice house.

However, there are many good things about living in Nunavut. One of the best things is the outdoors. In the summer you can go boating, camping and hiking out on the land whenever you like. The summer here is also fun because it is light out all day and all night, which means you can play outside any time you like. In the winter you can go snowmobiling and sledding lots. You can also build snow forts for days.

It’s also good growing up in Nunavut because of the small towns. This means that it is easy to visit family and friends because it only takes a few minutes to drive or walk to places. It also means families can spend meal times together more easily than in the South. Small towns are also good because wherever you go people know you and it’s hard to feel lonely.

Another cool thing about living in Nunavut is the blizzards. Blizzards are great because you get time off of school to rest or do something fun or special. Blizzards are also good because you get to watch movies, lay around and play outside. Blizzards also bring a lot of snow and huge snow drifts to play on, or dig in, for hours.

Although there are things I really like about visiting the South, I like living in Nunavut and I have had a good life in Nunavut so far.

KIARA JANES (11), GRADE 6

Many people tend to focus on the many challenges facing Nunavut. But what most people should remember is Nunavut is a fairly new territory which has undergone a lot of changes in a very short time. It was only 60 years ago when the Inuit were living a nomadic way of life and living in igloos and tents. Many of the issues in our territory can be attributed to this sudden and radical change in lifestyle. So instead of focusing on some of Nunavut’s challenges, I am choosing to celebrate some of the unique qualities of our territory.

One of Nunavut’s unique qualities is art. Nunavut has many pieces of jewellery, carvings, paintings and murals. It’s wonderful when you sit down at the Frobisher Inn restaurant in Iqaluit and see these kind people come to your table with their pieces of art that they have created. The new hospital in Iqaluit has a very creative and unique mural on it. It was painted by Jonathan Cruz. The painting is a picture of some things that represent the Arctic.

Nunavut has so many pieces of art that truly capture the beauty of the Arctic. Jewellery, carvings, paintings and murals are not the only forms of art in Nunavut. There is throat singing and drum dancing.

Throat singing and drum dancing is a very traditional art in Nunavut. Throat singers and drum dancers perform at many celebrations and also show their talents outside of Nunavut. Students from Inuksuk High School have gone to the Arctic Winter Games to show their wonderful talent of throat singing and drum dancing.

Painting murals, carving, jewellery making and throat singing and drum dancing are wonderful arts in Nunavut. Nunavut is a wonderful place, filled with artistic people and things.

And that is the amazing art of Nunavut.

ASINI WIJESOORIYA (13), GRADE 8

The cold, isolated territory found in the North on the map of Canada is unknown to the majority of the people. However, there is a culture which is respected and believed by the Inuit people a long time ago, but presently stumbling to continue.

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