Inuit youth speak up for education, careers

November 20, 2013

At the recent Parnasimautik consultations held in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, local youth representatives made it clear that they want to know more about their future opportunities. Parnasimautik, which means “what you need to be prepared,” is the process by which regional organizations will draft a home-grown development plan, a “comprehensive vision for the development of the region,” which will be presented to the Quebec provincial government when complete. The 18-month consultation process is close to wrapping up, with only a few communities left to visit. A local teacher who took grade 5 students to the consultations afterwards stated, “Most of the students were really interested hearing about the region’s history ... It’s important for them to understand the past so they can be part of the future – even if they don’t understand what part they have.” Youth representative Leanna Angnatuq spoke for her classmates, and focused on “education and employment and how we need to prepare ourselves for college [and] bring more post-secondary opportunities here.” Nunatsiaq Online