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World class (e-mail interview with a class of students in) Nunavut.

In World Class we usually hold an e-mail interview with a class of students in another country. This issue, however, we interviewed a class of Canadian kids in Nunavut.

Nunavut used to be part of the Northwest Territories Northwest Territories, territory (2001 pop. 37,360), 532,643 sq mi (1,379,028 sq km), NW Canada. The Northwest Territories lie W of Nunavut, N of lat. 60°N, and E of Yukon.  but in April 1999 Nunavut was declared its own territory.

Maani Ulujuk School is in Rankin Inlet inlet /in·let/ (-let) a means or route of entrance.

pelvic inlet  the upper limit of the pelvic cavity.

thoracic inlet  the elliptical opening at the summit of the thorax.
, a town of only 2,500 people.

You can write to these kids at:

Maani Ulujuk School

Beverly Hill's Class

Bag 002

Rankin Inlet

Nunavut XOC XOC Xterra Owners Club
XOC Xbox Operations Center (gaming)
XOC National Over-The Counter Index Option
 OGO OGO Orbiting Geophysical Observatory
OGO Office for Government Online (Australia)
OGO Österreichische Gesellschaft für Orthopädie

Q What does the name of your school mean?

A It is named after Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik. She was the oldest person at the time the school was built. She was a respected elder.

Q Is everyone in Rankin Inlet an Inuit person?

A No, there are also English people Noun 1. English people - the people of England

nation, country, land - the people who live in a nation or country; "a statement that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced to the nation"; "the whole country worshipped him"

Q What does the word "Nunavut" mean?

A It means "Our Land". Nunavut is an Inuktitut word.

Q What are your official languages?

A We have three official languages-Inuktitut, English and French. We do not have to learn French. Up here, we have an average of more people speaking Inuktitut.

Q What does Nunavut mean to you?

A It was created for the Inuit people. It is our land and nobody can take it away. Inuit people can now govern themselves and take care of themselves. It gives us good education and celebrations. It is where people live and no-one will ever change the name Nunavut. It means peace to everyone that lives in Nunavut.

Q How do Inuit families name their children?

A Most Inuktitut names are chosen after someone who died so they can be remembered.

Q What does your backyard look like?

A We have a lot of tundra tundra (tŭn`drə), treeless plains of N North America and N Eurasia, lying principally along the Arctic Circle, on the coasts and islands of the Arctic Ocean, and to the north of the coniferous forest belt.  grass, rocks and moss. Our backyards Our Backyard was a series for pre-school children which aired at lunchtime on ITV from August 1984 until January 1987.It was produced by Granada Television.

The format was simple.
 don't have any down south grass or trees.

Q What is the difference between Nunavut food and other Canadian food?

A Sometimes we go out to hunt for it, and down south you have to buy it. We eat caribou Caribou, town, United States
Caribou (kâr`ĭb), town (1990 pop. 9,415), Aroostook co., NE Maine, on the Aroostook River; inc. 1859.
, fish, seal, walrus and rabbit. Most of the kids like these foods.

Q Where do you go for special trips?

A We like to go out on the land to go hunting and fishing. We also like to go down south.

Q Does everyone learn to make igloos?

A There are some kids in the class that learn how to build igloos. Some igloos are built behind the arena. If families are hunting or if they go out on the land, they use igloos when the weather gets stormy storm·y  
adj. storm·i·er, storm·i·est
1. Subject to, characterized by, or affected by storms; tempestuous.


Q What do you do after school?

A We babysit, go to Red Top (our only corner store), do homework, or go to a friend's house. We play outside. During the fall and winter we can go skating skating: see ice skating; ice dancing; roller skating.

Sport in which bladelike runners or sets of wheels attached to shoes are used for gliding on ice or on surfaces other than ice.
 at our arena. On the weekend we like to have a sleepover party and play out with friends.

Q Where do you get your clothes?

A We get some of our clothes from animals. Five kids in the class have caribou clothing, and twelve have seal clothing. We also buy clothes at our Northern Store and Co-op. Some people do mail-order. Some people go down south and buy clothes too.

Q How do you get around in winter?

A People get around by Ski-Doo, truck, boat, aeroplane, helicopter, dog team, Honda and walking.

Q What differences are there between you and kids in the rest of Canada?

A Nunavut kids will put English and Inuktitut into one sentence, while down south kids will usually speak English. Kids in Nunavut can go all over town, while kids in Canada usually cannot go into the city alone.

Q Do you see a lot of polar bears polar bear, large white bear, Ursus maritimus, formerly Thalarctos maritimus, of the coasts of arctic North America. Polar bears usually live on drifting pack ice, but sometimes wander long distances inland. ?

A Here in Rankin Inlet, we don't see polar bears close to town, but we can see them out on the land. We hunt them for fur and meat. Fourteen students in the class like to eat the meat, eleven don't!

Q What else should we know about you?

A We have a strong culture as Inuit. We can live and survive on the land. Inuit people are one of the few people in the world that can be completely on their own on the land.
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Date:Sep 1, 1999
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