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NEWS: Nunavut November 26, 2012 - 7:45 am

Nunavik’s Proud Reunions video launch highlights 2012 summer project

Former teachers return to Nunavik for annual leadership training and summer camp

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Kayaking on the fiord outside Kangiqsujuaq was among the many activities which took place this past August during the  the Proud Reunions Leadership Training and Summer Camp. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PROUD REUNIONS)
Kayaking on the fiord outside Kangiqsujuaq was among the many activities which took place this past August during the the Proud Reunions Leadership Training and Summer Camp. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PROUD REUNIONS)
Kids clean fish they caught during this past summer's Proud Reunions camp near Kangiqsujuaq. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PROUD REUNIONS)
Kids clean fish they caught during this past summer's Proud Reunions camp near Kangiqsujuaq. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PROUD REUNIONS)

Although a blizzard has stopped Nunavik’s Ungava Bay and Hudson Strait communities in their tracks Nov. 26,  the days of summer still aren’t far away.

You can revisit the warmth and fun of summer in a nine-minute video released by the Proud Reunions Leadership Training and Summer Camp project about its 2012 training sessions and camp.

Proud Reunions, which launched in Inukjuak in 2009, brings popular former teachers back to Nunavik to lead a week-long camp workshop for students, where they help train local youth as team leaders and involve them in a camp for local kids.

The camp, held this past August in Kangiqsujuaq for the third consecutive year, kept children, eight to 12 years old, busy with camping, fishing and swimming.

On the video, you can see the project’s highlights, which included kayaking, a two-day overnight camp, swimming in the community’s enclosed pool and an “Amazing Race,” held during the leadership training portion of the project.

The project wrapped at Arsaniq School with a family night, with games, where some parents even tried the school’s rock climbing wall.

Former Kangiqsujuaq teachers Sophie Beaudoin and James Vandenberg came back to Kangiqsujuaq they taught in for five years to work with Proud Reunions.

Eight teenagers, including three from Inukjuak, participated in the leadership training portion of the project, working as team leaders and helping out at the youth camp.

Proud Reunions’ sponsors include Ungaluk Safer Communities program, Brighter Futures, the Kativik Regional Government, Air Inuit, Nunaturlik Landholding Corp. of Kangiqsujuaq, the Kangiqsujuaq Bike Trail project, Kangiqsujuaq Co-op Association and the Northern Store.

You can watch the YouTube video here or see it on the Facebook page of the Proud Reunions project, where it will be posted Nov. 27.

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