Northern Youth Abroad

The last Clay Project Workshop. So sad for me. These workshops, preparations and even report-writing have been a wonderful experience. 2017 has been a really busy year, but also one of my best.

On July 29th the participants from the Northern Youth Abroad program came to Minwaashin Lodge for lunch and a tile making workshop. As usual the workshop was fabulous...but this time I can actually say 'we made tiles, had wonderful discussions, ate great food, listened to music AND sang and danced!!' I got to meet and hang out with a bunch of really cool teenagers and was introduced to a great new band (new to me). Life doesn't really get much better than this.

Northern Youth Abroad (NYA) cultivates youth leadership, individual career goals, cross-cultural awareness, and international citizenship amongst youth from Nunavut and the Northwest Territories aged 15-22. The program strengthens the self-identity and cultural understanding of its Participants and enhances their participation and success in the school system by providing a life-changing and life-directing experience relevant to the needs and aspirations of Northern youth.

This is the song we listened to over and over...those who knew the words sang and others danced! Ukiuq by the Jerry Cans from Nunavut. so great.

 thanks to these great people!

thanks to these great people!

and here are the beautiful tiles they made....

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 the past is choking me / -light fading from life- / my head is getting dizzy / these memories keep me / I am stuck inside / my limbs are made heavy / this history owns me / we are one in the same / all my bones turn to stone

the past is choking me / -light fading from life- / my head is getting dizzy / these memories keep me / I am stuck inside / my limbs are made heavy / this history owns me / we are one in the same / all my bones turn to stone

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