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NEWS: Nunavut May 03, 2012 - 9:00 am

Grads showcase work in Rankin Inlet fashion show

The Nunavut Literacy Council’s adult learning program combines literacy with sewing and fashion

SAMANTHA DAWSON

Graduates of the Miqqut program, which combined traditional and contemporary sewing techniques with literacy skills. showcased four months of work May 1 at a fashion show in Rankin Inlet.

Miqqut, part of the Nunavut Literacy Council’s three-year community research project into the link between oral language and literacy, saw 15 participants learning from elder instructors.

Eleven of the 15 participated in the show, at the Sinngittuq Complex. 

“It gave a chance to the community to see some of the work they’ve been doing and for friends and family to congratulate them on a job well done,” said Adrianna Kusugak, the program’s coordinator.

Among the tangible results of the program, eye-catching leather, silk and sealskin parkas.

But while the women were busy making clothes for themselves and their families, “it wasn’t just a sewing program — they were doing a lot of literacy learning as well [such as] job training,” Kusugak said.

The Nunavut Literacy Council hopes to see a similar program in the future.

But Kusugak said first the council wants develop a guide for others who might want to offer the program in their own communities as a way to help women gain both confidence and skills.

“When they walk out of there, they walk out with so much more than what they came in with,” Kusugak said.

The full results of the council’s research will be available to the public next spring.

Participants in the Nunavut Literacy Council's Miqqut program, show off their creations at a gala fashion show in Rankin Inlet on May 1. From left to right: Victoria Kakuktinniq, Manitok Aliyak, Tara Green, Nina Bruce, Geralyn Qutik Kaludjak, Rose Ann Kasadluak, Brenda Aupilardjuk, Katherine Makkigak, and Aqpa Tattuinee. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MIQQUT)
Participants in the Nunavut Literacy Council's Miqqut program, show off their creations at a gala fashion show in Rankin Inlet on May 1. From left to right: Victoria Kakuktinniq, Manitok Aliyak, Tara Green, Nina Bruce, Geralyn Qutik Kaludjak, Rose Ann Kasadluak, Brenda Aupilardjuk, Katherine Makkigak, and Aqpa Tattuinee. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MIQQUT)
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