Oral tradition

Storysacks Manual (2011)

Storysacks are resources that encourage parents and children to read together. A storysack usually contains a picture book, props or costumes for acting out the story, an audio recording of the story, a non-fiction book, and an idea card with suggested activities. Storysacks may also be based on oral stories and legends.

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2013-10-08

Northern Light Legends [Video – 3:26] (2011)

This short video documents the northern lights, or aurora borealis, and the legends surrounding them.

The film crew travelled to Kugluktuk, the westernmost community in Nunavut, almost on the border with the Northwest Territories. From there, they travelled south to spend 10 days camping on the tundra, capturing the northern lights via time-lapse photography.

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2013-03-28

Pualuk – Making crafts with sealskin [Video – 21:22] (2011)

Opened in 1998 by BHP Billiton Canada, the Ekati Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories is Canada’s first surface and underground diamond mine.

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2013-03-19

The Métis Sash [Video – 18:24] (2012)

BHP Billiton Canada opened the Ekati Diamond Mine, Canada’s first surface and underground diamond mine, in the Northwest Territories in 1998. The company has held a series of workshops designed to introduce its employees to local Aboriginal culture.

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2013-03-13

The Drum [Video – 16:27] (2010)

This video focuses on a drum-making workshop held at the Ekati Diamond mine in the Northwest Territories. The workshop was part of a series organized by BHP Billiton Canada, which developed the mine, to introduce its multinational employees to local Aboriginal culture.

The workshop is led by two Tlicho elders. The Tlicho, also known as Dogrib, are part of the broader designation of Dene Aboriginal people.

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2013-02-27

Child Rearing Manual (2010)

The purpose of this manual is to teach Inuit families about traditional Inuit child-rearing practices and show how these methods can be used today.

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2011-07-12

The Iceberg Healing Manual (2010)

The goal of this manual is to help people learn to manage their lives. The author, an Inuk healer and elder from Pangnirtung, Nunavut, has drawn upon traditional Inuit practices in writing the manual.

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2011-07-12

Teamwork and Job Involvement Training (2010)

The goal of this manual is to help Inuit understand how brainstorming and team work can help them become self-sufficient.

The author uses the structure of the traditional igloo to illustrate the workplace, from the lowest point to the highest point. She discusses the need to deal with cultural change and be open to both new ideas and different cultures.

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2011-07-12

Expanding One's Environment for a Healthy Lifestyle (2010)

The author, an Inuk healer and elder from Pangnirtung, Nunavut, has drawn upon traditional Inuit practices in preparing this guide to living a healthy lifestyle.

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2011-07-12

Understanding cancer: Teacher's guide (2010)

This guide accompanies the fictional story of a man’s conversation with his 11-year-old granddaughter about cancer. A relative has recently died of the disease and a schoolmate has been diagnosed with leukemia. The elder and the little girl discuss the truths about cancer: how one gets it; what the treatments are; and the steps that may prevent cancer in the future.

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2010-10-07

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