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Iqavik Club


      Iqavik Club

The Iqavik Club is a collective kitchen initiative coordinated by Alicia Aragutak and Marie-Hélène Morin.  Three days a week women of all ages, and sometimes men, come together to cook, have fun and talk, while they make their families healthy, affordable food. Iqavik Club activities take place in a CEN warehouse, co-owned with the community and Makivik Corporation. Part of the warehouse has been converted into a kitchen. 

The Iqavik Club has a positive impact on the entire community’s well-being. People are saying they’re eating better, learning new recipes, and saving money.This community kitchen also works with social services, helping families in need and bringing elders extra food.

CEN is proud to be part of this great initiative!


A Science Field Trip for the Students of Asimauttaq Highschool, June 2013



To celebrate the end of the school year, high school students from Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik’s Asimauttaq School were invited to take part in a field trip organized by Alex the Science Gay, the village's Science Coordinator. Thanks to the established collaboration between Asimauttaq School, CEN and Youth Fusion, 8 youth from age between 8 and 12 years old spent a weekend filled with new experiences and rich in scientific insight.

The weekend program involved activities such as hiking on the hills of Kuujjuarapik, the use of GPS’s and an initiation to tree ring analysis and forest surveying. Several topics were covered, including climate change, lichen woodland ecosystem dynamics, sand dune erosion and the effects of snow on landscapes. For Emma, sec. 1, her favourite activity was to use the GPS to lead the group during the hike. For Raymond, also a sec.1 student, his highlight was succeeding in extracting a wood plug from the heart an old, gnarled spruce tree. Beginner’s luck or pure talent? The samples collected will be dried, sanded and dated for a short field report. 

See the Field Trip Photo Gallery on Alex The Science Guy's Facebook Page


Exposition « Our Forested Land – Napâttulivut Nunak », avril 2013



The exhibit entitled "Our Forested Land – Napâttulivut Nunak" was carried out in Nain (Labarador), thanks to the Peary-Macmillan Arctic Museum (Maine) and the Torngasok Cultural Centre (Nunatsiavut) with the financial support of the NSERC- CREATE Training Program in Northern Environmental Science, EnviroNorth.

The exhibit features photographs from archives illustrating the use of forest and wood products by Nunamiut and land use changes over the last century. The photos are accompanied by quotes from interviews conducted by the CEN PhD student Isabel Lemus-Lauzon, in 2010-2011, as part of her research project on climate and cultural changes on forest landscapes in the region of Nain. The exhibit is entirely printed on fabric, making it easy to transport and care for.

The project was very well received by the community. People were deeply moved by the pictures and these sparked many exchanges between the youth and the elders. Several elders were able to identify relatives and friends in the photos. This crucial information on their past was duly noted and sent to the Arctic Museum. The exhibit has been given to the Torngasok Cultural Centre who intends to use it as mobile exhibit in the communities of the Labrador coast.

Listen to the Interview On Air Isabel Lauzon, 17 avril 2013


Intercultural Workshop Entitled "Research on Inuit Lands", April 2013



ARCTIConnexion and the Nunavik Information Centre in Quebec organized an Intercultural Workshop Entitled Research on Inuit Lands 

CEN students from several universities and various disciplines, participated April 6, 2013 in the second edition of the workshop series " Windows on the North" jointly organized by ARCTIConnexion ( ) and the Centre information Nunavik. The 2013 workshop entitled " research on Inuit lands" was aimed at students and researchers who undertake or intend to undertake research projects in Inuit communities. The main objective of the workshop was to develop awareness to the cultural, historical and contemporary context of Northern communities through presentations and discussions. The workshop was a great success!

Watch the Facebook Photo Album of the workshop.



Round Table Conference " Northern research and Communities: How to develop a sustainable relationship ? ", May 2013




ARCTIConnexion and the CEN joined forces under the auspices of the 81th Association Francophone pour le Savoir (ACFAS) scientific conference to present the round table conference entitled "Northern research and Communities: How to develop a sustainable relationship?"

Four pannelists from different expertises and perspectives were invited to discuss the development of a sustainable partnership between Arctic communities and southern-based academic researchers. The themes covered ranged from the Ways of knowing (Local knowledge vs Science), the status of the collaboration between the Arctic researchers and the local communities to the development of innovative ideas for the carving of a renewed relationship.

Wath the video Northern research and Communities: How to develop a sustainable relationship?, ACFAS, Université Laval, 2013 



Exposition « Inuit tautunga iyimut - Looking on a troubled Inuit territory », March 2013


Photo : Radio-Canada


PhD student at UQAR, CEN student and director of the organization ARCTIConnexion, Vincent L'Hérault presented the exhibition "Inuit tautunga iyimut - Looking on a troubled Inuit territory," from March 20 to August 25, 2013, at House of the Jesuits, Sillery, Quebec. "The exhibition sheds light on some consequences of environmental change and development in northern Quebec on the people who live there. 

On an Interview with Coup de coeur Radio Canada, Vincent explains how his interest for Inuit knowledge had grown and his understanding of the social and environmental problems that northern residents are facing.

Watch the video Vincent L'Hérault de l'UQAR partage sa vie entre le Nanavut et le Bas-Saint-Laurent, by Radio-Canada, March 22, 2013