Ilikkuset-Lingannet! / Culture-Connect! Program
A project by Ashlee Cunsolo Willox
The Ilikkuset-Lingannet! / Culture-Connect! program is a new Inuit-run initiative in Rigolet, Makkovik, and Postville, Nunatsiavut, Labrador. It provides the opportunity for Inuit youth to work with adult role models through immersive, experiential environments to learn cultural skills, such as hunting, trapping, sewing, art, music, and food preparation. Currently, there are 15 youth and 15 mentors in the program. Each youth spends approximately 4-5 weeks with each mentor, before moving to the next skill. This project was set up in response to the identified need to increase programming for youth in the communities that provide cultural connection, promote self-esteem, and create opportunities for building relationships with positive adult role models. Youth are currently documenting their stories and experiences in order to create a collaborative group film (forthcoming March 2014).
For more information: http://ashleecunsolowillox.ca/research/culture-connect/