Inuit elders will gather in Nain next week to give suggestions, make recommendations and provide solutions on a variety of issues affecting them on a regular basis.
Under the theme “Reclaiming OUR Voices”, the biennial event will also feature discussions on cultural activities and practices, as well as a day on the land. It will empower participants to remember and honor their strengths, to identify and address needs, issues and challenges, and to embrace positive change in Nunatsiavut.
“Our elders and senior play a very important role in our culture and way of life, and it is important that we engage with them as much as possible,” says Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe. “They are crucial in helping to maintain our language and traditions which they pass on to our youth, and they provide guidance and wisdom and a different perspective on the challenges Inuit face on a daily basis.
“The conference aims to develop stronger relationships between elders and others in our communities so that we can reclaim our voices and be heard stronger than before,” adds President Lampe.
The conference gets under way Monday evening with a meet and greet and wraps up with a feast on Thursday.