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NEWS: Nunavut June 01, 2012 - 9:43 am

“Green Up” during national environment week, June 3 to June 9: GN

Theme for events is “Off the Grid and on the Land"

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Tony Ashoona, Luukie Markoosie and Minnie Nookiguak of Iqaluit are among many volunteers from the Tukisigiarvik centre who began a big cleanup of the little creek valley that runs by the hospital to the beach this past week. (FILE PHOTO)
Tony Ashoona, Luukie Markoosie and Minnie Nookiguak of Iqaluit are among many volunteers from the Tukisigiarvik centre who began a big cleanup of the little creek valley that runs by the hospital to the beach this past week. (FILE PHOTO)

Nunavut wants to see Nunavummiut mark national environment week, June 3 to 9, territorial environment minister James Arreak said June 1 in the Nunavut legislature.

The theme for Nunavut’s environment week is “Off the Grid and on the Land.”

“We are encouraging, through our ‘green up challenge,’ Nunavummiut to share with us their ‘green’ ideas that help towards reducing our environmental footprint,” he said.

His department has produced short video clips of elders and youth sharing their stories of what protecting the environment means to them and the changes they have witnessed throughout Nunavut.

These video clips will be available on his department’s website, Arreak sad.

“The goal of this campaign is to inspire people to reflect and take pride in both the environment and the age-old traditions that continue to help people live in harmony with the land,” he said.

His department also plans to continuing its work on a territory-wide anti-littering campaign, partnering with organizations and other government departments to organize community clean up events throughout Nunavut.

Other activities and challenges during Environment Week include:

• Green Up challenge: you can send your “green” ideas that can help reduce Nunavummiut’s environmental footprint to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address);

• Video competition:  you can create a short video (one minute or less) of what Avatittinnik Kamatsiarniq or environmental stewardship means to you and your ideas about how to live more sustainably. Send your entry to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . A compilation of videos from around Nunavut will be made and posted to the Department of Environment’s website;

• Green Bazaar: Iqalummiut are invited to visit a June 9 “Green Bazaar” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nakasuk School parking lot, where you can bring baked goods, crafts, art, and new or used items for swap or sale; and

“Eco-friendly prizes” will be awarded for the Green Up challenge and for video clip submissions.

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